Welcome to Bear’s virtual birthday party!

Please join me in congratulating my horse, Bear, on making it another year around the sun. This past Sunday, April 26th, Bear turned 25.

I wanted to mark the actual day with a photo shoot, but the weather didn’t cooperate so we waited until the next day, April 27th, to take pictures.

Funny that Bear is exactly half my age in chronological years but yet in human years, he is thought to be the equivalent of a person in their seventies. The average life span of a horse is approximately twenty-five to thirty years. So each birthday is made more precious by virtue of the fact that Bear is not likely to have that many more.

In honor of his birthday, Bear wanted all The Backyard Horse Blog readers to get a little party gift as you leave this page and go on your way. He wanted to let you know that the magazine, The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Healthcare, has made its April issue free for digital viewing. Go to http://www.thehorse.com and click on the link that is at the very top of the page to view the issue. This magazine provided me lots of articles over the years that have helped me navigate Bear’s senior-horse health issues. Seemed a fitting party gift to celebrate him entering his 25th year on planet earth. Happy birthday, Bear!

13 thoughts on “Welcome to Bear’s virtual birthday party!

    1. I told Bear you sent him birthday greetings and then stuffed a treat in his mouth. He seemed pleased with your message. He would say “thank you” I’m sure. 🙂


    1. Glad you liked the photos! I’ll tell Bear you send him birthday greetings. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Anne! I have had a heck of a time figuring out how to manage his PPID Cushing’s Disease and his EMS Equine Metabolic Syndrome diagnoses. He had a rough couple of years there but seems to be doing well for the last year or so. I no longer take for granted each good day that he does have.

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      1. It is rewarding to see Bear thrive considering his age and medical issues, but I have not done so well with other horses in my care who have had similar issues. There has been a steep learning curve for me here. I am so grateful each day I wake up to find Bear having a good day.

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    1. Thank you, Caroline! Bear is thrilled that he is getting well-wishes for reaching this milestone birthday. 🙂


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