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  • narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay

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  • Feed (livestock) with grass

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  • Cover, moderate, or exclude the light of

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Alibhai's Alibar: 3/28/1979 - 9/10/2008

Alibhai's Alibar: 3/28/1979 - 9/10/2008

NOTE: Please skip to the next photo caption if you are not comfortable reading about euthanization.


I wanted to get a few final photos of Alibar- they were all taken on his terms. I stood back from Alibar and let him graze. When something caught his attention, I snapped a few frames. In this photo, he's watching some of my barn friends play with their dog. I love the bit of grass in his mouth, his beard of whiskers, his curly and tiny ears, and the soft expression on his face.

Alibar's last days were filled with peace and he was surrounded by an extended family of people who dearly loved him.

Early Wednesday morning, my good friend and second mom to Alibar brought him out to graze. When they reached the sandy riding arena, Alibar dove to the ground and had a good old-fashioned horsey roll and then began eating again. He still had a good appetite for grass, but he moved a bit more slowly than he had the day before. The drain was still keeping his chest clear of fluid and his breathing normal- through the wonders of veterinary medicine, we were able to keep him very comfortable and give him one last day of peace and affection. His body was fading but he was full of personality until the very end. He never lost the sparkle in his eyes or the priceless Alibar expressions.

When he had his fill of grazing, he led me and Christie to his paddock. It was a beautiful September day. The sky was clear, the sun was warm, and there was a gentle breeze. All of the horses were in their paddocks, some taking naps and some were munching hay.

For almost a decade, we could not feed any hay to Alibar. He had very bad molars and could not digest hay properly- any hay would give him an impaction colic. We kept him healthy and happy on soaked hay cubes and it was Barn Rule #1 not to give Alibar any hay whatsoever. A barn friend who owns King, Alibar's paddock neighbor, asked if she could give him a flake of hay on his last day. She brought a big, beautiful flake of hay in his paddock- it was the good stuff, the kind that you could practically put a little vinaigrette on and eat yourself. Alibar pushed his nose into the middle of the hay and blissfully ate this forbidden treat, his eyes closing happily from time to time.

Another barn friend had a handful of Stud Muffins, Alibar's favorite horse treats. He ate them like bonbons. After his delicious snacks, he walked to his loafing shed and took a nap for about 45 minutes. Then he walked to the corner of his paddock by the shade trees and stood contentedly with his horsey friend, Harmony. They stood together for a very long time, enjoying each other's company in that wonderful way that horses do.

Alibar came back to the gate of the paddock and we let him come back out to graze. He led me to the most succulent grass and I stood with my hand on his side and back, just enjoying the feel of the strong body that had carried me so far and so fast.

The veterinarian called to let me know that she was on her way. My knees weakened for a moment, knowing what was going to happen.

All afternoon, Alibar and I shared the company of my mom, Christie (Alibar's leases/second owner of 13+ years), Diane (Alibar's first owner who gave Alibar to me), Cathy (barn friend of over a decade and huge fan of Alibar), Jim Reilly, longtime trainer and horsemanship mentor, and my devoted and wonderful husband Jonathan. Boarders and barn staff stopped by to give Alibar hugs and pats.

When the veterinarian arrived, I told her that I wanted to keep Alibar in the soft grassy area where he had spent his afternoon. I also let her know that I was prepared to stand with Alibar and hold him when she euthanized him. She explained the process to our group of friends so that they would be prepared for what they would see. An animal as large as a horse sometimes does not go as peacefully as cats or dogs.

I stood by Alibar's side, leaning my forehead on his face temple to temple, with my arm around his big jaw. The veterinarian tranquilized him- he became quite sleepy and I cradled his head. She then gave him the final dose of barbituate and took hold of his halter with both hands- with the strength of a weight lifter and the grace of a ballerina, she gently coaxed his body downward. She folded his legs at just the right moment and then he was peacefully on his side with both of us crouched beside him. The veterinarian checked him, looked me in the eyes with sadness and great empathy and said, "He's gone".

Our gathering of loved ones each walked up and gave the most wonderful horse in the world a final pat.

When I stood up and looked around, I got a cold chill: Every single horse on the entire farm had been watching us. They gave a small chorus of whinnies.

I'm comfortable with all of the decisions that I made and I'm proud of the way that I cared for Alibar until the bitter end. Tending to his every need was very cathartic.

Dick Nichols Pool

Dick Nichols Pool

Dick Nichols Park in Southwest Austin is filled with some great recreational facilities. There's a very nice multi-purpose track encircling the park, there are tennis courts, a couple of sand volleyball courts, a great playground for little kids, and the big Dick Nichols pool.

The pool was renovated a year ago and now is one of the few neighborhood pools open year-round. You'll find men's and ladies bath houses on either side of the pool area; they're somewhat basic but they're also clean and everything works: toilets, showers, changing areas.

This is a really decent pool. It has only two major drawbacks: (1) there is no shade anywhere near the pool, so if you're sitting down out of the pool you're going to be sitting in direct sunlight; and (2) if you are sitting down, you'll get acquainted with a million ants real fast.

Why don't they plant some trees and treat the grass for ants?

Still, if you're in the water, you'll probably really like the pool at Dick Nichols Park.

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