A goodbye note from Annie for Ebony and Ivory…
This never gets any easier. Once again I have to say goodbye to two more beautiful animals that have touched my heart. Ebony and Ivory, two horses with an amazing bond and compassion for each other. Being together all their life, living in horrific conditions, severe abuse and being the only two survivors of 26 other horses who died of illness, beatings and just plain neglect.
When I received Ebony and Ivory there wasn’t much life left… Both were 25 years old, both with severe arthritis, Ivory’s due to injuries and Ebony’s due to partial hip sockets, of course that didn’t stop these people from using them as brood-mares and running them into the ground. Since I’ve had these two, I watched them slowly come back to life, watched them build a trust for me, run, play and just enjoy what they’ve had. But the bond, the bond they have for each other…. Was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
Granted both had good days and bad, but neither was sick at the same time and when one was, the other always stood strong by their side, neither would eat unless the other one was.
This past couple of weeks, I have watched these two slowly get weaker, both were starting to fail and both pretty much let me know it was time.
Ebony and Ivory passed away on August 7, 2014… They were both 31… They went together.
Update May 2013:
Ebony continues to hold her own, with more difficulty walking at times. She enjoys sharing her yard and shelter with Ivory!
Ebony has severe arthritis and her hips have a tendency to go in different directions, which makes it a bit more difficult to walk. She’s now on a phenylbutazone regimen, and it’s really helping her. She arrived at the Last Chance Ranch Sanctuary in 2010 at the age of 27 – she’d been abused for many years. Ebony came to us with Ivory.