just to say

I had mentioned him to a number of you, and the health issues that he was going through and that we were dealing with, but I can't remember who. It's just easier to tell you all: This last Wednesday morning I lost my best buddy of 19+ years. He's buried on the farm and I will miss him terribly.

American Saddlebred Horse~ Happy's Spring Fever (aka Howard)
(Summit View Supreme x Oh How Happy)
Chestnut Gelding, flaxen mane and tail, small star, right rear pastern

Foaled April 11, 1979
Died Jan 28, 2009

Groomed show season 1986, owned 1989-2009 by Robert Hackney


TomH's picture

I am so sad to hear that. My heart is with you. Wish I had something profound to say ... but I know the whole situation is the pits.

scottly's picture

I know you'll miss him but he'll be waiting for you on the other side. Peace.

Mnjack's picture

There are never words that help.... just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

twistknit's picture

I'm Sorry for your loss.

What a beautiful horse! So sorry for your loss.


gryffin2007's picture

Sorry for the loss of your friend. God's blessings to you during this rough time.

crmartin's picture

My deepest condolences, you are in my thoughts.



mrossnyc's picture

He's a beautiful horse and I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

I am so sad to hear this, but you must have some wonderful memories of such a beautiful animal. Cyberhugs to you.

MMario's picture

It's been years and I still miss our BelgianXQuarterhorse gelding.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

JDM511's picture

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Crafty Andy's picture

QueerJoe's picture

Bob...how awful...I can only imagine how sad you must be....so very sorry for you.

steve kadel's picture

very sorry for your loss

we put birds on things

chipsir's picture

may I add my thoughts to the others, owning an animal for so long does become your best buddy, I feel for you.

Jack's picture

I sense that "Howard" was most fortunate in having you for his owner. I had never stopped to wonder how long horses live. Your "best buddy" was born on my 33rd birthday. How sweet to be able to bury him in a spot that has meaning for you instead of at some anonymous place. Thank you for posting your news, Robert, because as sad as the subject matter is, it is a touching and beautiful post.

PhilNmtl's picture

I'm so sorry Bob. Thanks for letting us know and for knowing that we would care. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers tonight - Phil

rvicarus's picture

I'm so sorry for your loss...

rc_in_sd's picture

It's a heart-breakingly beautiful thing to love an animal, and provide him such a wonderful home. Here's wishing you comfort in the fond memories.

Parrot's picture

My deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family. It is very difficult to lose such a cherished member of the family, especially your best buddy. You will have many fond memories of him, and the satisfaction that you provided a loving home for him, and no doubt a great deal of pleasure for his life.


albert's picture

Very sorry for your loss. I think we all feel it.

ronhuber's picture

I am very sorry for you and hope that all our sympathy is comforting to you. In this world of misery it is wonderful to know that you two loved each other for such a lengthy time. I think you were both very lucky.

etramblings's picture

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. From the photo Howard looks like such a great personality. Eyes that kind always have such a good soul attached. You were both so blessed with each other. What a treasure of time and memories!

A couple of years ago now I lost my mare (she was 34). I'd had her for 14 years. She too was my best friend, my teacher, my child... just everything. I know for me, I wouldn't trade one single second with my girl. We are so blessed to have them in our lives! You and Howard are in my prayers.

Blessings always.

MissMarnie's picture

Bob, I'm so sorry. Hugs to you.



Aaronknits's picture

Oh Bob I'm so sorry! That's a beautiful picture of you both. It's clear Howard loves you too!

Kilted Knitter's picture

Sorry for your Loss!!

So sorry to hear about your horse! He looked very handsome!! Glad he got a special place to be buried at! My thoughts ans prayers are with you!

jwhassjr's picture

I am sorry to hear such sad news. I send you my deepest sympathy in your time of loss.

bkeith's picture

So sorry to hear it.

TowKnee's picture

I'm saddened to hear your news. I'd say that both you and Howard were very fortunate to have found each other for those 19 years. To paraphrase something an older relative said to me once, I'd imagine that the bounty of goodness that he brought to your life for those 19 years is certainly worth the heartache caused by his absence. May you find peace in those memories.

pjmma's picture

My heart goes out to you. I know what it's like to lose an animal companion. It is certainly of no less import or impact than losing a human loved one. The photo of you two together conveys the spirit of your relationship in a way that words simply cannot. I wish you healing, and the best possible memories of him.