Oh You Pride, An Exceptional Horse Has Died by Sharon Terry, Hernando, Mississippi PRIDE died today. No, he was not a World's Champion, though he had many of them in his pedigree. That pedigree provided the background that gave him the wonderful disposition of our great breed is famous for. PRIDE was an exceptional horse by all the standards that mattered. I can't name how many children I taught to ride on his back. I can't name how many amateurs learned to canter aboard him. PRIDE always knew when a little one was in the saddle, and if the child so much as slid, he would simply stop. If I saw a child losing his balance or about to get in trouble, all I had to do was yell "Whoa," and stop him in his tracks. He was smart enough to know there was a reason and would not budge until I got to him. OH YOU PRIDE was purchased as a three year old by Susan and Paul Reynolds from Wayne Mills and spend the remainder of his life under their ownership. Primarily bought as an amateur horse for Susan, PRIDE was boarded at Mills' barn and worked by them. I first met PRIDE in the mid-1980's when he was put in training with us at Top Of The Line Stables, which was then on Star Landing Road and now located in Hernando, Mississippi. PRIDE was an easy horse to work and he and Susan did well in Amateur Classes. When the show Pleasure Division began, PRIDE became a leading contender in that Division with numerous wins. PRIDE was a pleasure to work with and take to a show. He would ride beside anything and never made a fuss. He was the horse we rode with the colts to get them accustomed to working with other horses. As PRIDE got older he became prone to colic on a regular basis. Over the last seven or eight years he had several close calls to where everyone just about gave up on him, but I would never count him out. He was tough and would rally against adversity. Several different things were tried on him, but nothing stopped the chronic colic. He was palpated and on occasions to check, and nothing definite was discovered. He went through a series of different medicines and other things hoping to counter whatever the cause, but nothing did. With his condition and his age, his health deteriorated slightly, but not his spirit. He enjoyed the turn out pen, getting out in the fresh air and the sun. Even with a little congestive heart failure, he still enjoyed getting out. We were hauling hay one hot summer June day, and found PRIDE colicky and gave him a banamine shot. It caught him quickly, as usual, and I thought it was another routine round. He ate his hay that night and was pain free. The next morning he wasn't 100 per cent, so we called the vet to give him some oil to be sure he didn't get in trouble. His eyes and vital signs were good. Palpation showed a mass, but everyone felt with the oil it would come on through. Susan and I talked about a situation like this, should it arise, and because of his age, 21, and his heart, he was not a surgery case. After several days and giving him every chance, PRIDE lost his battle June 20, 2001. He will be missed by everyone who loved him.
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