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Farewell to Forlap

Wednesday, 03 January 2018

Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping Gregory Wathelet and Forlap at the Longines FEI World Cup Final last year. Photo (c) Haide Westring for World of Showjumping.

Gregory Wathelet’s Forlap has very sadly passed away. The 13-year-old gelding by Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker – one of Wathelet’s top horses who he competed at last year’s World Cup Final – had a tragic accident at the beginning of December while being longed, and fractured his fetlock bone in the right front leg.

Forlap had to undergo surgery, and got seven screws put in and an external fixative to take the weight off the lower leg. After a month of intensive care, Wathelet today shared the sad news that he was forced to take farewell with Forlap – who he was reunited with at the end of 2016.

“The last 2 weeks were more difficult for you with several complications, but again you fought like never before, but unfortunately you couldn’t win this last battle. Destiny decided otherwise, and with immense sadness we had to make the decision to let you go and so put an end to your suffering in this last battle that was simply lost in advance,” writes Wathelet in a tribute to Forlap.

“Today I’m so sad that you had to leave, and I still have a hard time understanding that you will no longer be there. I have the feeling I lost my best friend, or even a family member! A lot of people will miss you here at the stables, and even outside. But for me you will always be there somewhere in my heart and thoughts. I wish you all the best in your next life... Thank you for everything you gave me. Forlap, I really love you a lot... I already miss you so much,” the heart-breaking statement closes off.

The WoSJ-team sends our heartfelt condolences to Gregory and his whole team on the loss of a very special horse.


Source: // Picture © Haide Westring

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