Goodbye Sahra

By Edouard Aldahdah

Posted on October 8th, 2013 in General

Last week, my beloved 28 year old Ma’naqi Sbayli mare, Dakhala Sahra, was put down. She had a stroke, which had left her moving in circles from point A to point B, instead of straight lines. I saw footage of this, which I will not share here out of deference for her. I had never seen anything like this before. The story of this mare is one of missed opportunities, since I first tried breeding her in 2010. With her breeder Jeanne Craver, and former owner Kathy Busch, we tried everything: ET, AI, live cover after treating her uterus cysts. Nothing worked. I feel guilty because the Ohio vet I chose for her ET was incompetent and inexperienced. I felt I had a window there.

She is one of very few asil mares left with a tail female to Haidee of Captain Roger Upton (I have serious issues with those that trace to *Bint Shams in the middle of the pedigree, by the way), and has the most beautiful pedigree of all the mare I have owned. Imagine this: a daughter of Plantagenet, who is a grand-daughter of Sir (Tripoli x Dharebah), a great-grand-daughter of Julyan (Julep x Bint Maaroufa), and a great-great-grand-daughter of Sirecho (*Nasr x *Exochorda). Can it get any better? Good bye Sahra.

She leaves behind a son in Kansas, Rahim Regency EAF, by the Davenport stallion Regency.


7 Responses to “Goodbye Sahra”

  1. Edouard,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Sahra. I know she held a very special place in your heart.

  2. I am so sorry Edouard. You tired the best you knew at the time to breed her again. She passed a loved mare and that is everything!

  3. She was a treasure. I wish we could go back 20 years for her!

  4. She looked quite impressive when we saw her in June. So sorry for her loss.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Many years ago I had a cat affected the same way. I came home one day to find she had suddenly gone blind. Her pupils were froze at different sizes and she would circle in one direction. Her name was Puzzle because of all the different colors on her.

  6. Sahra was a classic beauty from the finest old bloodlines, and I’m glad I got to see her before she became ill.

  7. So sorry to hear of her passing. These rare treasures deserve our attention before they are all lost. She was at least fortunate to have lived a long life.

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