A Horse To Remember – Iceman

Registered Name: Cee Dee Sadie’s Hobo – “Iceman or Ice

Foaled: April 25, 2002 – Laid to Rest: April 5, 2019

Owned and loved forever by: Sharon Turkovich

A horse to remember, yes indeed, Ice truly was that and so much more. Uncharacteristically beautiful, kind and a willing, talented partner until the end.

We go into horsemanship for the love, fun, thrills, companionship and life lessons that speak directly to our hearts. We give to them and we take from them and somewhere in the middle we find our humble human balance.

Ice came to me at a time when life was challenging and I had faced the loss of my four year old TWH, Piper, who had to be euthanized due to wobblers. I felt at that time I could never open my heart to another horse and my dream was over.

Then came Ice. His kind amber eyes filled my heart with such joy and love I often felt our relationship was magical, and my blessings far beyond anything I could have imagined. Together we shared many adventures and memories that still flood my heart and cause my tears to flow. I still hear his gentle nicker of welcome and the way he wrapped his head around me and licked my hand, clothes, hair, anything he could reach. He was known by many for his unique champagne colour, charismatic nature and obedient kind ways, even during the many trying times in his final two years as he suffered with injuries and disease. During a vet visit to diagnose lameness with nerve blocking the vet stated ‘Ice is the only horse I would ever stand behind, with no sedation, to poke around with needles and not be afraid”.

On April 5, 2019 I said goodbye to my beloved partner and through the tears that filled my eyes and slipped down my cheeks I still found a way to smile. Ice is no longer in pain – he fought a valiant fight but there was nothing more that could be done but let him pass gently with love. That decision kicks us in the gut, tears open our heart, but fills us with the knowledge that it is best for them; it is no longer about us.

I will treasure your memory, Ice. There will never be another like you for me… I am truly blessed to have shared my heart and soul with yours… Until we meet again, my pretty boy. Xo

“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”   – Mary Oliver, Blackwater Woods

Sharon Turkovich, Zephyr, Ontario