A friend through and through,
How in the world can I
live life without you?
you were ready for weeks.
as I made the decision tears fall down my cheeks.
I knew what the next moments had in store, but I wish I just had a few minutes more.
I dropped to the ground by your face and wailed, As your owner and protector I felt that I had failed.
The blue towel over your face covers your sweet brown eyes, I kiss your nose as your lifeless head lays on my thighs.
I feel my mom hold me back as my arms and legs flail, I hold in my teary hands a piece of his black tail.
I watched you become my beautiful best friend, back in those amazing days I could’ve never imagined this end.
A tribute to the horses loved by children and adults alike — lost too soon. We stand with the Masterpiece Equestrian Center family as they prepare to say their final goodbyes to the five remaining survivors. Warriors, their pain will end shortly. Joining their stablemates to gallop for eternity in the clouds.
Remembering the Lost Horses
Monensin toxicity blamed for horses deaths
Monensin toxicity is to blame for the horses’ deaths beginning in October 2014 at Masterpiece Equestrian Center. An investigation by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determined the equine feed produced by Lakeland Animal Nutrition became contaminated after the mill failed to follow its cleanout protocol.
Monensin is highly poisonous to horses and affects the heart and skeletal muscles. The level of toxicity is dose and individual dependent. An FDA spokesperson recently told Rate My Horse PRO, “there is no acceptable amount of monensin allowed in equine feed – it is not approved.”