This was a post I was really hoping that I would not have to write, at least not for a very long time. But, I think I knew this deep down when I was there 3 weeks ago and could not find Lakota. I really hated leaving the mountain that day without seeing him one last time. But, I am sure maybe Lakota wanted it that way.
I just received a call this morning from Jared Bybee. He told me he had to euthanize Lakota last night. He said he was suffering badly, and that his leg was broken. I was afraid Lakota was suffering. He had endured this injury since the middle of June. Click on Lakota to read about that and from that post you can read all my posts that I wrote about him and if you did not know this, Lakota was my favorite horse.
Lakota was born on the Pryor Mountain range in 1992 to the mare Tonopah (who still lives on the mountain) and the stallion Blacky. Lakota died July 23, 2012 at the age of 20. He was born wild and died wild. He leaves a great legacy on the mountain.
The gift he gave me in May was something that I will always remember. Thank you Lakota. I will remember you always and I will remember how strong and great you were.
“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. ” ― Socrates And Lakota had a good life.
Rest in Peace my dear friend.
Thank you Jared for calling me and not letting Lakota suffer any more.