Our Rosa left us this weekend. She had been failing for some time, but I just had not been able to make that difficult decision to put her down. She is the first horse I have ever lost, and there is something very humbling in seeing the end of such a large, powerful, sensual creature.
Rosa was not a "cuddly" mare. She was aloof, often cranky, and a little curmudgeonly. She was impossible to photograph flatteringly. She did not want to be your friend, she just wanted to be fed and sheltered and left mainly to her own devices. In spite of this, she had impeccable stable manners, always a perfect lady for the vet, farrier, or anyone else. And what she did best was to produce amazing foals, and mother them perfectly. We didn't have her long, having acquired her from the wonderful Paul and Liz Smith of Sunset Valley Arabians in 2001, in foal to their breathtaking stallion, Major AA. The next year brought the produce of that breeding, the filly "Major Emotion," also known as our lovely Kate.Rosa was bred that year to another stallion, and the following year to our own stallion, with no results either time. We then moved her in with Montrachet so they could keep each other company in their golden years. It was the summer of 2005 when the senior citizens presented us with THIS surprise.
Thank you, dear Rosa, for leaving us, and others, your lasting legacy, in forms such as these:
"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan."