After 16 years of sharing our space with Trooper, the time came to say goodbye on Sunday last. Arthritis and chronic hoof problems were causing unbearable pain, medications had stopped bringing relief, and finally he made it clear, through his body language, that he had endured enough.
In many ways Trooper was a symbol of courage to all of us who came to know him after his rescue in 2003. His recovery was long and slow but his determination to get around was paramount. There was great respect for the hard work that he put into the process of regaining mobility. At the same time his was a gentle personality, one shaped by curiosity and a kind of confidence that allowed him to be at ease no matter how demanding well-intentioned visitors or staff might be.
For me, the barnyard where Trooper spent most of his time will feel different for the next while. Emptier, I think, because Trooper is gone and we are without his valiant presence.
Sandra Pady, Founder