I belong to several Yahoo Groups featuring a variety of embroidery designers. Over the years I have gotten to know several of these gals with posting stories of our horses and families. Jericho Designs has mostly horse related embroidery's and Sew-N-2-U has a wide variety of designs and of course she has horses. Both gals do a great job with there sites. So you can imagine how heart wrenching it was to see an email come from Patty at Sew-N-2-U that her wonderful gelding Black Jack was not well. News like that hits everyone. It did not take long for both sites to have emails come in with encouraging words for Patty. It is so wonderful what the internet has done in creating friendships over the miles. With me it is not only that it is her wonderful horse..it is the name..Black Jack.
Several years ago we were lucky enough to have the chance to buy a wonderful Standard bred gelding by the name of Black Jack. He was up in years but very healthy and sound. Rod adored him..he was "his horse". A very polite easy going lad that fit in our barn like had always been there. One December our lives fell apart. Our Clyde gelding Hughie became very ill. After many vet visits and worries we finally found out that he had had a stroke. As our vet was again examining Hughie..I walked Jack past her bringing him in from his paddock...but wanted her to look at him when she was finished with Hughie. I had not liked the way he had been for a few days. The vet commented that Jack did not look right. Well that was the beginning of the end. In one month we had to say goodbye to both of them. Jack it turned out had Cancer. I want you to know that was the worst Christmas we have ever had.
So needless to say when I heard that another Black Jack was seriously ill..it hit my heart. Please say a prayer for Patty's Black Jack. I sure hope she has many more years of enjoyment and love with her lad. He is on an IV now in the hope it is an infection..but time will tell.