View Full Version : Luca de Carlos - 23.3.10 - One yr on - RIP

Bella Boo
23-03-2011, 05:47 AM
Dear Luca

My darling ginger nut boy you left us a year ago today. I hope you understand why we had to let you go, and that the pain for us won't go away. Your back hurt you badly, and as hard as you tried - you simply weren't a horse to ride. You distrusted most people, when in the mood were a thug, but somewhere deep inside I believe - you wanted to be a love bug!

When you arrived at the yard, all skin and bones - I knew I had to take you on and help you. Your eyes were so sad - you just wanted to be loved:


Jackie let me have you - she knew my mind was set, we started to feed you and treat you like a pet. Gently I got you used to your tack:


Then as the months went by - we got on your back..


You were SO quiet to ride and I felt really safe. Our future was unfolding, I just couldn't wait... But fate is a fical friend and our dreams weren't meant to be - a different future it had planned out for you and me. You hurt you back, and didn't mean to hurt my knee. We gave you 9 months off just to be...



Then the vet came and gave the all clear and work commenced. I long reined you as directed, even if some days you wanted me in the fence. You mostly were good, though sometimes were horrid. We struggled through and soon you got the idea. We then started lunging, a passoa and poles, your muscles slowly were beginning to show. The snow came and you had some fun...




Then you started to jump, just little ones... you could see your brain trying to work out what to do with your legs... we joked that they were so far apart the messages took to long. You were now manerly, sweet and affectionate - I couldn't wait to get back on you.



But alas it wasn't to be Ginger Nut. You went away to be ridden again as I was a bit scared after you hurt my knee and head. We tried but your back hurt again and we did what we felt was safest and kindest. In your short life you had known so much creulty and neglect - you had been loved and cherished - I wanted to make sure that was your last experience of humanity. You weren't the brightest, and you were a character and I'll always be grateful and love you.

Stay out of trouble and don't wheelbarrow River along too much - just because he's smaller than you doesn't make it ok. Sleep well christmas puddin' I'll see you soon...


lots of love
T xxxx

23-03-2011, 05:55 AM
massive, massive hugs to you honey.

What a beautiful tribute.

23-03-2011, 06:17 AM
What a beautiful tribute to a gorgeous horse. Bought a tear to my eye he was so lucky to have found you even for a short while. ((((((((hugs))))))) to you.
God bless, RIP Luca de Carlos xx

23-03-2011, 07:09 AM
Wonderful post, glad i'm in my own office as have a tear down my cheek.

You made a big difference to that horse

23-03-2011, 07:14 AM
He was lucky to find you, in so many ways.

A beautiful lad.

Bella Boo
23-03-2011, 07:43 AM
He was so full off life, not that you would've known it when I first saw him... feet all twisted, ribs on show for the world to see...

He was a handsome lad with attitude but I did adore him. At least he left me with a wonky knee to remember him by :D There is something about this lad that whenever I think of him I get a big grin on my face... he was just so daft all the time...

Thank you all for your kind words though - he was a handsome lad (proof you can't have beauty and brains) and sorely missed.


23-03-2011, 11:20 AM
Its hard not too have a big grin on your face when you think of him!

I've got a lot to thank this horse for and his lovely mammy. I'd not had horsey contact for months on end when I first met him, and whilst River was a cuddle monster, you were the one who well and truely stole my heart. Particularly when you stood on R's foot :D That still makes me laugh.

Those big eyes of yours told our story, and my heart melted.

Christmas 2009 was turned from one of the worst Christmas' ever, to one of the best when your mammy asked me to come visit, you turned my world around for me, and i can't thank you enough. Laid against your bum with a smile across my face, not knowing that there would be a terrible twist of fate. I walked behind as she long reined you and you had a paddy, your mammy spoke calming words to you and off you went again, the direction of your ears spoke volumes of your confidence in her.

I'll always remember you as the big soft, silly, opinionated, dappy, slightly mad ginger nut that you were.

I hope the sun is on your back now boy.


Bella Boo
23-03-2011, 01:37 PM
The two of them are up there now causing havoc and Roo is rolling his eyes at Ginger thinking - 'really?' as Lu gets himself in another scrape...

I remember that Christmas when I thought all would be well and I was full of hope. The hours long reining round the farm singing to him to prevent the tantrums. I've never been so fit, 1.5 hrs long reining a day 6 days a week 'striding out' that big ginger bottom infront of me... Some stars shine too brightly to shine for long and someone had damaged him beyond my ability to repair - but at least he knew kindess and love before he went.

I'll never forget my pride when he let me bridle him properly without undoing it and doing it up again, or being told how well he had behaved for other people. He was the horse who taught me what I could achieve and that I was more than I thought I was...

I did love his stupidness.

t x

23-03-2011, 01:41 PM
A very, very special horse hun.


Bella Boo
23-03-2011, 02:51 PM
Thanks MrsM - I've been incredibly lucky in the horses in my life, each has taught me something new and helped me with the next one. When times are tough I can still feel the two boys around me - I am lucky to have loved and been loved in return by these amazing creatures. The tears of the last 18 months were more than balanced out by the smiles they gave me and the lessons I learnt.

BB x

23-03-2011, 03:14 PM
You've set me off now, thankfully i'm not at work.

He was both special and speshal

27-11-2011, 10:47 AM
I hope nobody (particularly BB/JB - confused!) minds but every so often i re-read this thread and particularly now in the run up to Christmas I still remember. Christmas always makes me think of him and BB.

Luca you're out there somewhere, probably wheel barrowing River along (stop doing that you meany!) but I've never forgotten you, nor will I ever forget Christmas eve 2009. My heart wont let me. I've no doubt at all that without you and BB I wouldn't have D, I wouldn't be in the saddle at all. Horses went from being something I'd forced myself to forget to something that came back to the fore front of my mind when I met you, even though you made me feel like a numpty when i couldn't turn you round haha!

You might not of been the most fantastically behaved or the best put together horse but my god did you help people, you helped me beyond belief and for that I'll never forget you. Despite your problems you changed my life for me, and words can't ever ever express my thanks to you and your mammy!

I remember first meeting you and your eyes told a story that words never could and with that my heart melted for you. It might sound soft coming from someone who barely knew you but good god did I love your silly heart. In my darkest of moments I remember you, I remember how it felt to snuggle into your bum (hmm doesn't that sound odd!) and my heart is warmed again.

Let me never forget the day I remembered everything, let me never forget the horrid things that happen to horses, let me never stop crying until all of the horses on earth are loved, let me never forget how it feels to be cuddled, let me never forget how it feels to be made whole again, let me never forget the second I met you, let me never forget your cuddles, let me never ever forget you. You ruined me into broken pieces with your story but you made me whole again. Words for what you did for me are just not enough.

Oh Mr Luca, I could say so much and it would never be enough.

There is never a day that goes by where my heart doesn't find you.

27-11-2011, 10:56 AM
Thats beautiful benji....*sob*

Lovely words.