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How to Cope with the Loss of a Horse

The death of a horse can leave us lost in our thoughts, and our barn. Since often times our daily routines centre around our horses' needs, those routines, which might have offered comfort for other loses or difficult times, only seem to accentuate the loss of our dear friend. What can you do to cope? Take the time to acknowledge the wide range of emotions you may be experiencing, including sadness, anger and guilt. Your horse was not just a ride, but a safe ear to whisper your secrets to, who gave you a feeling of freedom. You may have had goals with your horse, such as to ride in a show this summer, or a trail ride in the fall. Further, your horse may have been the key to a social network of fellow riders that you may feel you have lost as well. Tears and talking are common…

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