Life and Death After Colic Surgery: Bob’s Story


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Robynne Catheron says:

    My heart aches for you, Casie. This must have been a difficult week. To write about it in such detail, sharing your pain with complete strangers, shows the inordinate amount of strength you have. I hope it was cathartic for you and that your pain is fading. Bob was truly blessed to have you in his life.

    • then5925 says:

      It was a difficult week, but getting better each day. Writing is always cathartic for me, and indeed, that was the case with this post. It’s hard to open up and share my personal stories on a public forum–that was not my original intent with this blog. But it’s a part of my learning process so I felt like it was not only helpful, but necessary to share if I am to continue writing about horse health. Thanks for your comment and for being a faithful follower of the blog. 🙂

  2. Summer Gengenbach says:

    If a large part of your heart belongs to any kind of animal, you will at one point suffer the pain of loosing one too soon. I always look at these creatures and seen all that they teach us. To love something that can give you nothing but their devotion in return and they teach us how we will act in the face of heartache. Do we need time to reflect and heal? Will we want to share with the world how we feel? Does it make us feel distant from our other animals or do we feel a need to be even closer to them? God blesses us with them to show us who we truly are. Thanks for sharing Casie

    • then5925 says:

      So true, Summer. I know you are all too familiar with what I’ve experienced. Our horses helped to shape the people we are today!

  3. AnneMarie Azijn says:

    My eyes are full with tears by reading your story.
    I can so much relate to it as I almost had to put one of my horses with haltstring to sleep last May when he did not want to move anymore. Luckily he also got a bit better by the time the vets arrived and he is still going on, albeit in his own limping way.
    I know the day will come that he will be so bad that I will have to take the decision not to let him suffer anymore, just like you did.
    I know how hard it is, my heart goes out to you!
    Wishing you lots of strength and keep writing please!

  4. Walt Friedrich says:

    My deepest condolences for your loss. You are not alone — many, many of us have gone through it. I lost my beloved “Pinky Lou” (Estrellita Linda) several years ago, six months after her dam, Arrillaga, crossed the bridge, both from intestinal blockage, inoperable.

    I got solace from the words of Paschal Isla Richardson: “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so. ‘Twas heaven here with you.” — so speak Pinky and Ari to me.

    And then the words of Irving Townsend, from his “The Once Again Prince”, out of “Separate Lifetimes”: “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached.

    “Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.

    “We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”

    I hope their words give you the same solace they give me…

    Walt Friedrich

    • then5925 says:

      Thank you, Walt. The fact that I know so many of my readers have gone through a loss like this helped give me the courage to write this post. I love the quotes–I find others’ words of wisdom can help so much. . .

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