I lost three favourites in 2012; two Shetlands and an aged QHx of 28 years.
Phil was the very first Shetland I bought myself when I turned 50, a truly beautiful blue dun with a gorgeous head and a very quirky nature. She was my token 'Blond' of the herd.
The second was Blue, a lovely roan gelding given to me as he was nervous when in crowds, but loved kids and old people and kept my idiot smaller geldings in line in the herd.
Lastly the Old Man, Ashen, the horse I learnt to ride on in my early 40's and when retired with back tumors made it impossible to be ridden, he saw out his years with me; loved and cared for as was his due after many years teaching kids and uncoordinated adults to ride.
RIP my lovelies.