Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Miss Allison

I received some very sad news late yesterday. Cara's favorite mare, Miss Allison, colicked and had to be euthanized.Allison was an accomplished show horse in her youth, having won at least one Reserve National Championship. I don't know many details on that--I believe it was some kind of a youth saddleseat title, but I'm not certain. Honestly, I don't care much. By the time I met Allison her showring days were long past.
Her next career was that of broodmare. Allison had five foals of her own, although the last, Daisy, was born to a recipient mare via embryo transfer.
The last couple years of Allison's life were spent in semi-retirement, chilling in the pasture and teaching Cara how to ride. I think Allison enjoyed this very much. She was a bright, cheerful, bouncy ride and would happily stand for hours in the cross ties allowing herself to be groomed and spoiled.
Here she is looking for cookies in Cara's pockets. Princess mares like Allison know that they deserve those cookies!
Hanging out in the pasture, but still hoping for cookies!
Because she was Cara's favorite, I took lots and lots of pictures of Allison.
Or sometimes just parts of Allison...
Hanging out in the pastures with her friend Callie.
As I mentioned earlier, Allison is survived by her five "children" and three (so far) "grandchildren". Here's a quick look at her beautiful family. First up is daughter Pixie with granddaughter Iris. Daughter Lexie with grandson Houston.
Daughter Daisy.
Son Toby.
Grandson Luca.
One last picture--this is Cara leading Allison back out to the pasture after another happy ride.
Godspeed, Allison. You will be missed.

10 comments:

  1. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your horse. Lost my dear girl to colic also, in 96. *sigh*

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  2. My heart goes out to you two, and anyone else who feels the loss. She was a beautiful mare, princess hehe :)

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  3. My goodness, she produced lovely offspring and grand-offspring! What a nice mare. We're never ready for the good ones to go.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Allison. Are the grandchildren the ones at Fran's?

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  5. Allison and her family belong to Fran's daughter, Caroline. Caroline was the one who rode her to her national title years and years ago. Cara and I were just charter members of the Miss Allison Fan Club.

    Poor Cara. She and Allison had such a nice partnership. I felt just terrible giving her the sad news. :(

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  6. I'm so sorry for the loss you, Cara, and Miss Allison's family have suffered. She looks like she was a wonderful horse in many ways.

    Was this the mare you featured a few months ago, in a post about a girl participating in a fun show for the first time and doing really well?

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  7. Marci--it's the same girl but a different horse. Allison was her close to home borrowed horse. The show was held seventy five miles away at a different friend's barn so that was on another loaner. I am very lucky to have horse owning friends who allow Cara and me to ride their horses.

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  8. Well, crap. I always considered Allison to be one of the best horses on the place.

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  9. Thanks for the clarification - I'm sorry I had the horses mixed up.

    A friend of mine just lost the horse she rode to colic this past weekend - he was actually a brother to Romantico. I've never owned a horse, but have always been struck by how awful colic is... I suppose its similar to bloat in dogs.

    Again, good thoughts to those who knew Miss Allison. I imagine horses go to the Rainbow Bridge too.

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  10. http://s11.photobucket.com/albums/a196/LazyShamrock/Toby/?action=view&current=July282006026.jpg

    This is a picture of her that is on photobucket, of she and son Toby. I have better ones but they aren't online.

    I was one of the charter members of the Miss Allison Fan Club, too. She was a mare who made me think that mares were OK after all.

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