But just before noon I got a frantic call from Sergio that something was wrong with Ryder, our 2010 colt by Rousseau. I knew it wasn’t good when I got there and it was clear that he had been thrashing about… covered with mud and scrapes all over his body. He had been fine in the morning when he ate breakfast. After banamine he was still in obvious pain and heart rate and respirations were still elevated. We got him loaded up and drove the hour to the vet clinic in Weatherford, hoping for the therapeutic trailer ride. Unfortunately, we had to put him down. He had a congenital malformation of his mesentery and had ischemic bowel from a torsion/entrapment. It is always so sobering to realize how fragile horses are and how quickly they can leave us. He was such an amazing mover and I expected great things from him. Go out and give your horse a carrot and a kiss, and give thanks for another wonderful day with him.