When I arrived at the farm I was greeted by those familiar big brown eyes and a whinny.
I brought him out of his stall and gave him a bath. He has always loved to be groomed and bathed, even if he is apprehensive to walk into the wash stall. After his bath, we went outside for him to graze and get some sunshine. When we walked inside the barn, I stopped him and looked into his eyes and asked him, “do you want to keep trying to get better or are you ready to give up?” He just looked at me. A lump immediately formed in my throat. He nuzzled me and rubbed against me. I said again, “Do you want to keep fighting?” He shook his head up and down! I swear to you! This actually happened!
The decision was made, we would keep on fighting as long as we were able to keep him comfortable. There was nothing I wanted more than to bring him home with me, let him live out the last days of his life pain-free, and with me by his side.
This was his turn. He had always done what I asked of him- lessons, moving stables and even cities, and he was patient while I was in school- and it was his turn for me to make it about him. For Chance to get every ounce of my time and for me to fight for him!