My heart is heavy. I have avoided this for two days but at some point I have to say it. Galaxy, the filly we have been waiting for was born and died on Thursday morning. Utrecht was having minor contractions the night before but settled and showed no sign that she was ready to give birth that night. Most likely the placenta was separating from the uterine wall and by the time the filly was born, she had already suffocated. There was nothing we could have done to save her, even if we were there. the damage happened hours before the birth.

She was perfect. Everything we were hoping for. A beautiful, big chestnut, with her father’s facial marking that extended into a big blaze like her mother. She had four white socks and the two hind socks were perfectly matched. She had straight legs and big bones. Her legs were long and perfectly straight and I know that if she had the chance, she would have had her sire’s front leg action and her mother’s quick hind leg action. She wasn’t even ribby, like babies tend to be. I have every reason to believe she would have set the world on fire.

Allida and I took her to the ranch, where our significant others so kindly buried her later that day. Both men went above and beyond “the contract.” We had never settled on a name but I had been calling her Galaxy the night before she was born and that’s the name I’ll use to mark her grave. It seems appropriate now that she’s not really our to keep in this world. So please join me in welcoming and bidding farewell to Galaxy. You will be missed.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by husband on February 27, 2011 at 09:12

    You will remain young and perfect forever Galaxy. May your energy live on.


  2. Posted by Moo on February 28, 2011 at 18:53

    Galaxy is now in the galaxy.


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