Rowan

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We had no intention of owning livestock when we first moved back here. But our daughter was horse-crazy, so we agreed to buy her a horse. So she would have a riding buddy, we also got one for her friend who lives down the road.

We bought the horses from a nearby girls boarding school. Often when the girls graduate they’re unable to take their horses with them, so they donate their horses to the school. Our daughter got a black mare named Domino and her friend got a big gelding named Rowan.

I have great memories of seeing the girls riding, and the lessons our daughter learned from taking care of her horse have been beneficial to her in the grown-up world.

About 8 years ago Domino contracted a rare disease that caused her to lose her ability to balance. We had to have her put down, breaking our daughter’s heart. And Rowan’s.

He eventually adapted to life among the goats. Occasionally affectionate, often grumpy and always amusing, Rowan has been featured in plenty of my posts over the years.

Rowan passed away on Wednesday. Although he was entering horse old age, his death was unexpected.

We buried him in the pasture next to his old friend Domino.

He will be missed.

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47 comments on “Rowan

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’m so sorry. It never occurred to me (because I never thought about it) that Rowan wouldn’t be here forever, part of the wonderful world that is your farm. You write so well about your animals that they come alive even for those of us who never have met them — which makes their passing surprisingly hard.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Linda. Rowan never lost his strength or showed any sign of illness. He didn’t fade slowly away as old goats usually do. It was completely unexpected. In the early years we designed our farm for horses–and now none live here. It seems strange to look out in the pasture and not see him. But it felt that way when we lost Domino all those years ago. Time marches on.

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  2. teresaevangeline says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this … I recall many posts about him. He was beautiful.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Teresa. I’ve been writing about his antics and attitudes a long time. Only Cherie and I have been on White Flint longer than he had, and not by much.

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  3. What a beauty — and personality too. I’m sorry to hear, Bill.

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  4. Aww so sorry for your loss. ❤
    Diana xo

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  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, a beauty! So very sorry.

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  6. Ryan Staples says:

    Sorry to hear about Rowen. Glad I got to meet him (and put him on TV).

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  7. So sorry to hear this. Animals like horses, donkeys and llamas are with us for so much longer than the sheep and goats, it makes it that much more difficult.

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  8. Nita says:

    So sorry. It’s hard to lose the farm icons. He was lucky to have lived out his life on your farm.

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  9. Michelle says:

    I haven’t been following you all that long, so this is the first post I’ve seen with a horse in it . . . only to have to say good-bye. :’-(

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  10. Ed says:

    My condolences on the loss of Rowen.

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  11. Avery says:

    I am so sorry to hear this. It is never easy. Find peace and comfort in his natural passing.

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  12. Ah, such a shock to the system; sorry to hear this Bill. Hugs to you all.

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  13. ♥ Sorry to hear of your loss… those four legged critters sure do wrap themselves around our hearts.

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  14. Melonie K. says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a handsome chap he was. ❤

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  15. avwalters says:

    My condolences. These critters become our friends, and a part of the landscape of our lives.

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  16. BeeHappee says:

    I was sad when I saw your post about Rowan on FaceBook. Such a beautiful horse. ❤ Does your daughter still ride? There are so many horse ranches and horse properties and horses on the trails out here in Arizona. Just down the road from where we are staying, there is a horse and an old man who stops by regularly to feed him carrots.

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    • Bill says:

      To the best of my knowledge she hasn’t ridden since Domino died. That was a devastating loss for her. Now she is as a vet tech spending her days (in her words) “saving the lives of puppies and kittens” 🙂

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  17. So very sorry.
    I’m sure, though, that Rowan had a very pleasant life and in the end, those good memories
    help those left behind.

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  18. Zambian Lady says:

    Sorry to hear that.

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  19. So sorry. How lucky he was to live at your place.

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  20. valbjerke says:

    The older I get….the more difficult I find it to don my ‘practical farmer’ armor when we lose a member of our menagerie. I’m sharing in your sadness.

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  21. Marla Rose says:

    So sorry … one of the worst parts of living on a farm with our animal friends.

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  22. Eileen says:

    Hello, Rowan was beautiful. So sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a pet, they are part of the family. Have a great day and weekend ahead.

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  23. I understand. I suspect when you look out some days, you see afterimages of Rowan and Domino. Surely they’re part of the land’s memory too.

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  24. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, sorry to hear about Rowan. If there is any thing good about his death, he went quickly and didn’t linger. Unfortunately, it makes for a tougher loss for you and the family. My prayers go out to you and the family. The farm just won’t be the same without such an Icon that’s been around almost as long as you’ve been on the farm. We just never think about those large long life animals being gone. It’s certainly harder when they do finally leave this world.

    Have the best day that you can.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer
    dbentz24@gmail.com

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  25. Only because I believe their spirits, like ours, return to another realm and it’s just their earthly bodies that are lost can I contemplate the loss of our four-legged companions. My attachment to them is no less than to my own kind.
    But it’s hard to be left without them ♡

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  26. Candace says:

    Awwww, so sorry. He was a handsome guy and it looks like he had a great life with you.

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  27. Sorry to hear about your loss, Bill. Hopefully Roan is now riding across the sky with his buddy. –Curt

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  28. How sad that it was unexpected. It’s always especially hard to lose a horse friend.

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  29. mukhamani says:

    Such lovely photos. Yes, he will be missed. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. barnraised says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry. What a beautiful life though with beautiful people (human and goat).

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  31. dilipnaidu says:

    A handsome horse. My deepest condolences!

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