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Visa, during recovery

Half a Decade Missing You

There’s not much I’ve left unsaid about my heart horse, Visa. He passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2012 and I’ve missed his blaze face and little curved ears every day since. Even in death, he taught me so much about love and life — it’s a debt I will never, ever be able to repay.

Visa and I at Ohio State Fair for the first time
Visa and I at Ohio State Fair for the first time

In some ways, it feels like just yesterday that he was here; yet in others, it seems like a lifetime away. A lot has happened in my life in the last 5 years, some of it thanks to Visa. I know one thing for sure: I would not be the woman I am today without him. Maybe it’s cheesy to say that about a horse, but he was with me during the most tumultuous times of my life, as I grew up from a wild teen to a (sometimes) responsible adult.

The best all-arounder
The best at Western Showmanship with friends

All that’s left to say is that I try to do better with every successive horse that comes into my life. I try to leave them better than I found them, and I try to be the best horsewoman I can. Without a doubt that is the best way I know to honor the horse that gave me his all. Love you, V. Forever and always <3

Mom-approved (Generation gap class at county fair)
Mom-approved (Generation gap class at county fair)

 

Visa, during recovery
Visiting Visa during his injury recovery. I think this is when I fell in love with my husband <3

 

Visa and Rocky Roo
Wonderful at puppy rides, too! Special appearance by baby Rocky Roo

Tracy

Fly On Over is an equestrian lifestyle blog devoted to connecting horse lovers around the world. By providing equestrians with practical tips and tricks related to horse ownership, discussing training techniques for horse and rider, as well as covering industry news.

15 thoughts to “Half a Decade Missing You”

  1. I was just thinking about my heart horse, who I lost 8 1/2 years ago…like you said – I can’t believe it’s been so long yet it also feels like yesterday.

  2. Feels. <3 He was a beautiful boy and very lucky to have you, and vice versa. Love having those special horses, hate losing them. No amount of years will ever be enough!

  3. Heart horses make us better human beings even though they break our hearts when they leave. He was a lovely horse and your smiles in the photos say it all.

  4. Hugs to you, Tracy! <3 There is nothing more difficult than losing your heart horse. I had my first horse for twenty two years, from when I was 13 until I was 35 (I got her when she was ten until I had to make the incredibly difficult choice to have her put down at age 32). She was a little chestnut Morgan with a star, stripe, snip and reminds me of your Visa. Cherish those memories and know you are not alone in your sorrow. "When we think of those companions who traveled by our side down life's road, let us not say with sadness that they left us behind, but rather say with gentle gratitude that they once were with us." – unknown

  5. I love the “vintage” Tracy photos! And mom riding with a helmet in a Western saddle is so rad. This is a beautiful post. If I think about my heart horse I lost suddenly in 2010 (a few months after getting married and moving–talk about life stress!), I will cry. Our ponies are irreplaceable.

    My favorite quote was ” I try to do better with every successive horse that comes into my life. I try to leave them better than I found them, and I try to be the best horsewoman I can.”

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