For a Song (2000-2009)

For a Song died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at the equine hospital. She is survived by her two children, Shan and Rodney, her sister and brother, and her uncle.

For a Song was born to Blithe Song March 16, 2000; her sire was For Really. Her barn name was Peggy, a reference to the singer Peggy Lee. Her hot temper and desire to run showed at an early age. But so did her kind personality, always visible in the expression in her soft eyes. After being broken to ride at another facility, she went to the track to train and race. In what was to be her final race, she was bumped by another horse. This caused her to tear a ligament in her ankle and displace a bone. Despite her injuries, she not only finished the race, but came in second.

After retiring to recover, Peggy became a broodmare. Her first foal, now three, was Chantey Wages. Shan is currently being broken. Like her mother, she has the fiery spirit of a racehorse. Her second foal, now a yearling, was Mind the Beat, known as Rodney.

Peggy with Rodney

Peggy’s final hour was spent without pain, thanks to the medication administered by her vet. She enjoyed a last walk, on hooves that did not hurt, through the pastures of the hospital, head high and ears pricked. She died peacefully with her human family at her side.

Peggy was a brave and passionate soul, a protective mother and a free spirit, and a loyal friend during her brief life. She will be missed by her human and equine family and friends.

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About Joyce

Joyce Sully lives in Southern California. She graduated from UC Irvine. She likes to knit and cook and play video games. But mostly she writes. Joyce writes short stories and novels, songs and poems, scripts and instructions to feed the cat if she stays out late. She has been spotted as far afield as Seattle, but travel makes her nervous. She believes in magic and dragons and ghosts, but is not convinced her next-door neighbors are real.
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