I'm Still Not Over How Heartbreaking Cobalt's Death Was On "The Saddle Club"
Still haven't forgiven Veronica, tbh.
Australia has had plenty of iconic kids' shows, but none have remained more beloved or been as impactful than The Saddle Club.
It had horses galore, a catchy theme song that everyone still knows the words to and it may or may not have sparked the sexual awakening of an entire generation.
But it was also responsible for traumatising young Australians who had to witness the death of a beloved character.
That's right, I'm talking about Cobalt — Veronica's horse who sadly had to be put down during the show's first season.
Like, five-year-old me was not mentally prepared to learn about the harsh realities of life, nor shed some violent tears over a horse's fictional death.
It felt so out of the blue as well, with the episode initially focusing on Carole's interest in becoming a veterinarian.
Then there was a side story with Veronica's ego getting in the way, of course, and her agreeing to a jump off to prove Cobalt's superiority.
This quickly took centre stage, with all eyes on the jump off. According to Kristy, Veronica needed to beat Sammy's time of 58 seconds, which she brushed off.
As soon as Veronica started, Carole noticed that Cobalt was moving too stiffly and that Veronica may not have even bothered to warm up her horse.
The tension built, with Veronica whipping Cobalt into a gallop. She was going way too fast though and Carole shouted at her to slow down.
Cobalt fell to the ground, throwing Veronica off. Things didn't look good and it was confirmed that Cobalt had injured his leg, resulting in a bad fracture that has a slim chance of recovery.
Based on the recommendation from Dr Judy, the DiAngelos decided to put Cobalt down, leaving everyone — including myself, who is rewatching this scene to refresh my memory — distraught.
It happened so quickly. One moment, Carole, Lisa and Stevie are saying their heartfelt goodbyes to Cobalt.
"I love you, boy."
The next, they're at his funeral, which took place in a field that Cobalt loved running in.
Everyone was devastated, but Carole still blamed Veronica for Cobalt's death.
Carole even confronted Veronica, but changed her attitude once she saw how much Veronica already blamed herself.
In a bittersweet ending, it's revealed that Delilah — another one of Pine Hollow's horses — is pregnant with Cobalt's foal, meaning that his legacy will live on.
And although things wrapped up on a happy note, it still didn't change the fact that Cobalt was gone, forever.
Even though it's been 20 years, I can firmly say that this episode of The Saddle Club is still one of the saddest things I ever watched as a kid.
Seeing everyone's reactions and then Veronica — who is usually this snarky, annoying character — all broken just added to the feels.
But perhaps that's what made The Saddle Club such a fantastic show — it wasn't afraid to get deep and teach valuable lessons.
So even though Cobalt's death will most likely haunt me for the rest of my life, hats off to this iconic TV show.