On Friday afternoon, he laid down and seemed to say he'd had enough. The vet came out and euthanized him below one of the Sycamore trees. He was buried the next morning.
Each time we read about one of these noble animals moving on, we're always reminded of the horses we've each lost. Horses, and dogs too, are such soul companions that, even when they're not our own, their loss is still felt so accutely.
So today, I say goodbye to Gator and wish him a happy life as he crosses the rainbow bridge. I hope my own horses and dogs greeted him warmly and asked how I've been. While Gator will be missed here at the ranch, he has earned an eternity of warm sunshine and fields of green.