Coping with the loss of your horse

January 29th, 2018

As a horse can be a huge part of your life, the grief we experience when they pass away can be unfathomable. Even as old age comes in to play, there is nothing that can properly prepare you for the pain that you will feel from the loss of your beloved horse.

While many of us grieve in different ways, be sure to know that whatever you do to get over the loss of your horse is an acceptable and common thing for many owners. It may take a while, but you will eventually be able to move on and cherish what you once had. Here are some ways that may be helpful when your horse passes…

  • Consider burying your horse on your property – this may be a particular place that your horse loved!
  • If you can’t bury your horse somewhere you want, plant some flowers that will blossom around a special time for you so you can remember your horse whenever they flower
  • Planting something such as a tree could also be effective as you can watch it grow over the years in memory of your beloved pet
  • Holding a ceremony to celebrate their life will help give you closure – this can be done with others or by yourself and can include anything you deem appropriate.
  • Keep their ashes in an urn that will always be with you – get one specially made so that there is a greater connection
  • Buy or design a special piece of jewellery that can symbolise your horse or simply have their name engrave on it – every time you look at it you will be reminded of the good times spent with your horse
  • Create a memory book that contains photos, recollections, stories about your horse and anything else that you hold dear that reminds you of them

The loss of a much-loved horse is hard to take for any owner, and it’s ultimately up to the individual on how they go about grieving. It’s always good to talk to people who understand what you’re going through as it is never a good idea to bottle up your grief.

You may think that you will never get over your loss, however as time goes by you will come to accept that they are no longer physically with you, but they will always be cherished in the memories that you shared for all those years.

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