Yesterday was a sad day on the farm. Ruby, the lovely mare that our tenants brought with them four years back, had to be put down.
It's especially heartbreaking because she looks in such good condition. But Ruby has been being treated for very serious foot problems as long as she's been here -- special vets, x-rays, special farriers and fancy footwear.
At one time she seemed to be improving but recently things took a turn for the worse and she spent most of her time lying down in hr stall, her forefeet too painful to bear her weight
In the days between the decision and the actual event, Nancy and Suzie plied Ruby with all her favorite treats -- she's been on a very restricted diet but now it didn't matter. There were carrots and watermelon and beer.