Monday, September 1, 2008

"You forget everything around you"

Posted Aug 31, 2008 @ 11:29 PM


Turning 37 years old isn't a milestone for most people, but for Babe, a beautiful white Appaloosan horse, it's close to a miracle and reason for her loved ones to celebrate.

In human years, Babe would be about 148 years old, estimated Cathie LaBastie, who owns and runs the property at 469 Maple St. with her husband, Steve LaBastie.

Cathie LaBastie said for a horse to be considered old 15 years ago "was to live to the early 20s. Now, old is 32 maybe."

Horses live longer today thanks to improvements in medical care and feed, she said.

Babe's long life is credited to Holliston resident Julie Mahoney, who has cared for the horse over the past 16 years.

And Babe has played an equally vital role in her owner's life, said Mahoney, who wants to pay tribute to her "faithful companion" before her 37th birthday next March.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily New here

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