Loosing a Horse - Honoring and Grieving
 By Painted Destiny   •   4th Jul 2012   •   5,312 views   •   14 comments
Loosing a Horse

Losing a horse or pet is a difficult thing to go through. Depending on how close you were to your furry, feathered, or scaley friend, it can be just as hard or even worse than losing a human relative. There are many ways to remember your horse, and I've created a few that helped me when I lost my own horse.



Grave Stone

Grave Stones can be engraved with the name, date of birth, date of death, a photograph, and various other items. These range anywhere from $10 and up, depending on the size and options. These stones can be placed in areas such as gardens, your room, or a special place where you spend time with your horse.




Honoring your horses favorite places, such as a stall or even decorating a spot in your room can go a long way in honoring your lost horse. Hang photos, gather their favorite toys and grooming supplies or even hanging a note or message will contribute to a nice memorial for your horse and show others how much your friend meant to you.



Plant a Tree

Planting a tree not only honors your horse or pet, but it also gives back to the enviroment. Simply plant a tree in memory of your horse and place memorials around it as described above.



Hosting a Service

Who said you can't organize a service for your lost horse. Invite friends and family to a special ceremony honoring your horse. A good place to hold a service is a small spot of your friend's pasture or stall. You can have other's give speeches to assist in honoring your horse.

In addition to honoring your horse, grieving is an important step in healing and moving on with your life. Below are a few options I used to help me get through this difficult time.



Draw Pictures

Draw pictures and write poems about your horse. Drawing and writing is a good way to help you cope with the loss of your horse.



Make a Blog

Start an online blog about your horse. offers the ability to create a profile for your pet and blog about them.



Talk to Friends

Talk to friends on horsey websites, such as You will be surprised at how many of your equine friends have been through the same thing and understand your feelings.



Continue Riding

Continue riding. Not necessarily right after losing your horse, but being around other horses may make you feel better. Don't use loosing your horse as an excuse for leaving your relationship with horses behind.

This is dedicated to my first horse Wilbur, who I lost October 2011.
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Lovely article. It's so hard to lose a horse and it's often such a difficult thing that people don't know how to deal with it. Thank you for sharing this, I'm sure it will help many people.
When I first experienced the loss of one of our horses, I was beside myself with grief. I just found letting myself cry helped. But I also wrote songs, poems and drew pictures of him.
  Jul 4, 2012  •  4,918 views
very good article and mabe this tips will halp me next time i lose an animal
  Jul 4, 2012  •  4,891 views
very good tips
  Jul 4, 2012  •  4,890 views
Sapphire Flames  
Great Article!

R.I.P Wilbur!
  Jul 4, 2012  •  4,891 views
This is a wonderful article. I lost my first mare in April and things still seem off without her in my life. These are great steps to help a person cope. It's truely something nobody ever wants to experiance..
  Jul 4, 2012  •  4,904 views
Rest In Peace Wilbur, great article. Really helpful!
  Jul 5, 2012  •  4,937 views
Double Spur Ranch  
Great article and very good for all of us
  Jul 6, 2012  •  4,902 views
Unbridled Sakia  
This is perfect for when I lost my old dog Diamond. She didn't like me but I still miss her.

R.I.P. Diamond
  Jul 7, 2012  •  4,942 views
Twisted Rose  
Such a good article, I've lost two horses in my life, and saying my final goodbyes hurt so much.
  Jul 8, 2012  •  4,903 views
My Paper Heart  
This article is brilliant. It has given me some good tips to get over my dogs disappearence. We are not sure if she is neccisarily dead, but we think she is since she was old. RIP Haly. ♥

Rest In Peace Wilbur. I miss you getting thrown at me. =(
  Jul 11, 2012  •  4,882 views
Just lost my cat, not a horse, which would be a huge void, but not having Xena is hard enough, talking helps the most, and remembering it's okay to cry..if you do not deal with grief in a healthy manner it can catch up with your physically.. find an outlet to help--like riding, or working out, running is my other passion so between my other animals and a few miles I'm coping better with her loss. Great article, thanks for posting this!
  Jul 14, 2012  •  5,180 views
Makes me smile how many people you touched with this one! And how many special friends we've all been able to share our lives with!
  Jul 14, 2012  •  5,180 views
Foxchase Farm  
I've never lost a horse before but if I ever do I will remember these! Thanks!
  Jul 28, 2012  •  4,927 views
Beechers Hope
This is great advice and well said!

I'd also suggest making a bracelet out of a lock of their tail. There are some places that will them for you, but it can get a bit pricey. However, that may give you more options, plus it may hold up better for everyday wear.
When we had to have our old boy put down, I made sure to cut a bit of his tail before when I was saying goodbye. That night I made a bracelet out of it. I only wear it on occasion, as I am so afraid of damaging it, but it is still a lovely little memento of him.
  39 days ago  •  3,449 views
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