Eddie

To Our Heartland Family and Friends

It is with a heavy heart and shattered soul that I have to announce that Eddie… “Mr. Ed”, my best equine friend… passed away this morning. Eddie, approximately 28 years young and the patriarch of the Heartland herd, was our senior ‘riding instructor’ who in his wonderful life helped to train dozens if not hundreds of riders, young and old, in the Whitby & Durham region. He naturally could solve almost any problem, instinctively calm the most nervous rider, and happily help build up anyone’s confidence. Mr. Ed oversaw and looked after HIS equine family, gave the best back rubs, talently nodded “YES” at every opportunity – especially for treats, just loved with all his heart and ‘spoke’ his love clearly through his big, beautiful, brown eyes.

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Even at his passing he looked up at me with his crinkled eyes as if to say “Are you all right Mom?”

There will never ever be another Eddie. For all those who loved Eddie as I did, please know that he did not suffer. His passing was swift. He is now in the Great Pasture Beyond eating all the snacks and treats he ever wanted (you know Eddie), and no longer suffering or in any pain from the arthritis, stiff joints, and sore hooves that bothered him in recent months.

I honestly take comfort in knowing that he is now galloping at full charge through endless green fields, proud tail up and flowing, Arab ears tall and forward, leading his girlfriend Claudia and all who went before him on the hack of their lives.

Eddie lived an amazing life – EVERYONE loved Eddie, and I know he knew it.

If love and tears could bring him back, he’d be in his warm stall tonight!

Debbie

War Horses

War Horses

Did you know that horses are heroes too?

"Australian light horsemen riding waler horses. The soldiers are of the original contingent of the Australian Imperial Force and the photo was taken prior to their departure from Australia in November 1914. The soldier on the right is Trooper William Harry Rankin Woods, 1st Light Horse Regiment, who died of wounds on 15 May 1915, one of the first light horsemen to die during the Battle of Gallipoli."Heartland Equestrian remembers and is grateful to all those who serve and served for our freedom including horses… The military mainly used horses for logistical support during the war; they were better than mechanized vehicles at traveling through deep mud and over rough terrain. Horses were used for reconnaissance and for carrying messengers, as well as pulling artillery, ambulances, and supply wagons.

I found this and a lot more about horses and their role in World War I on wikipedia. Check it out!