Sunday, December 27, 2020: Today was a hard day.
The good thing is... it is hopefully the end of a chapter. I am confident that we will now begin a better chapter...
We'll call this chapter "Moonie The One-Eyed Wonder Horse."
I went to the barn about an hour before noon (the time his surgery was scheduled for) so that I could spend some quality time with my boy. He came to the fence to greet me and tears streamed down my face.
My sadness was not so much that he was about to lose his eye, but more that I couldn't explain to him why this would happen. We make decisions for the animals that we love and they are not able to be a part of that decision making process. We cannot lay out the pros and the cons for them. We cannot give them a choice. We choose what we feel is the best course of action and they have no choice but to go along for the ride. Honestly, though I knew we were doing what was best for Moonie.... I dreaded it!
With the blubbering out of the way, I got busy brushing and grooming him. He stood perfectly still, enjoying the attention. In preparation for bandaging, I braided his mane and his forelock.
He continued to just stand there. Now mind you, I did not...