Mocha-Anna...11 year old goat. Mocha was 7 when her owner died and she came to live here at JC Horse Farm to be a pasture buddy for Emma. Mocha passed away peacefully in her sleep today. Mocha-anna was my first goat and she was loved. 3/3/2011
Sara a 30+ year old gentle soul...7/1/11
Even in her last moments and as she took her last breath..she taught me it was ok to let go and to offer her the peace that her old body needed.
While getting bales of hay from a local farm ... "Cosmo" came walking out of the barn. The local cats didnt accept him and he was full of bites and very thin. I picked up Cosmo and he hung on to my neck and purred......he came home with me and joined the other cats here at JC Horse Farm. Each morning while walking to feed the horses, Cosmo would follow and talk the entire way.
Today Cosmo went to rest under a tree in the back yard and that is where he passed away.
May 4, 2012
Sheba ...31 year old Quarter Horse
Sheba was 25 when she came to JC Horse Farm. My first thought when I was asked if I wanted to have Sheba come to the farm, was to offer her a forever retirement home. I knew that Sheba had provided years of winning ribbons and trophies for her family while touring the many horse shows. It was time for this old girl to now enjoy a peaceful life in Maine. Soon I discovered that Sheba truly came to me to teach me how to be around a horse, how to care for a senior girl with daily buckets of mush, how to pick up a horses foot, how to bath a horse. She allowed it all, giving me the confidence and guidance I needed. She was the horse who safely carried my grown children and grandchildren. We all dream of having a bombproof horse, and Sheba was my own dream come true. Sheba still enjoyed a slow easy trail ride and she taught me how to have confidence out in the woods on the trails. She was the horse that carried me on the many easy trail rides with my sister Nonie as she rode her own boy, Indy. When Sheba started to slow down at the age of 31 she showed signs of arthritis, had trouble getting up, and walking became difficult for her. I knew it was time to let go of this wonderful girl. It was this moment that even though I would touch other horses, I realized that there would never be another like Sheba. She was a horse with years of wisdom and experience to share with me! The morning that I waited for Dr Ron Miles to arrive, I again held her mush bucket full of all her favorite food. My pockets were full of her favorite mints. That afternoon, the time had finally come for this 31 year old horse that lived such a long life, to walk with me to her resting place. Again she gave me confidence to know that even this I could do with her. I kissed her old face, told her that she was my girl and would always be and she didnt have to hurt anymore. I softly spoke her name as Dr Miles helped me to "let go" of her body and assured me that her spirit was now strong and free. At that moment, her pasture buddies started to trot and then canter up and down the long driveway with such strength and speed. It was so sudden and eery that I had to stop and take notice. I closed my eyes and I knew and could actually feel that Sheba was finally running along right beside them with strong legs and speed. It was at this moment that I knew...she truly was free.
Hunter - 30yrs old...lost his battle with Cushings and Cancer
May I go now? Do you think the time is right? May I say good-bye to pain filled days and nights? I've lived my life and done my best, an example tried to be. So can I take that step beyond and set my spirit free? I didn't want to go at first. I fought with all my might. But something seems to draw me now to a warm and loving light. I want to go. I really do. It's difficult to stay. But I will try as best I can to live just one more day. To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears. I know you're sad and afraid, because I see your tears. I'll not be far, I promise that, and hope you'll always know that my spirit will be close to you, wherever you may go. Thank you so for loving me. You know I love you too, that's why it's hard to say good-bye and end this life with you. So hold me now, just one more time and let me hear you say, because you care so much for me, you'll let me go today.
Baxter...4/2008 - 10/2012
Baxter came to the rescue as a baby. A new experience for me.. bottle fed 3 times a day..was the sweetest little guy! He had no clue he was a goat! I was his momma....This summer he started to loose weight, knees swollen. And so the research begin..This information helped me to understand what was happening to my sweet little goat.
Buddy "Quayzsar" 4/21/96 - 2/5/2013
Buddy came to the rescue with his pasture friends, Princess and Gracie. Three miniature horses that were owned by Robyn Tate who passed of cancer. We welcomed all three, including Princess's foal "Tate". All were given sanctuary at Last Stop Horse Rescue. This summer, Princess traveled up the road from the rescue to spend time with Joanna and her sister Abri. We promised to always keep the minis together and Joanna welcomed Buddy too. How special to have these two little minis enjoy a little girl as she learned to care for them. Today we received a call letting us know that Buddy passed away of a heart attack. Joanna held his little head as he took his last breath. Such sadness today for all of us....Remembering the day I saw this little boy standing in a field and needing a home. I was asked..what do you do with a miniature horse. My answer...love them forever...
love you sweet Buddy...now and forever....
Rem.. was laid to rest today .... 5/7/13
A beautiful TB who came to Last Stop Horse Rescue over 5 years ago. A perfect boy who was kind and gentle. Rem was given sanctuary at the rescue after we discovered that he could not be ridden due to shoulder pain that was from his years of racing before coming to the rescue. The day I met Rem, he lowered his head into my chest and took a deep breath and then a sigh. He was home....
I will love you forever my perfect boy....I know you will be watching over me as I continue to walk to the pasture each day to care for all the others. Just know, you were the one that touched me like no other. .....Joyce
Beauty...14 years old 6/9/13
When I went to the shelter and asked for a "senior dog", this is when I met Beauty. She was 10 and she truly fit her name..Beautiful Girl. Yesterday at age 14 she passed in her sleep. I knew she was slowing down...but even I felt she would live forever. She was my girl...loyal and sweet. Her spot each night was right next to me as I slept. She greeted the many who came to the farm. I knew when asking for a senior dog from the shelter that I wouldnt have the years that others would have with a puppy, but I didnt want the years that Beauty had left to be in a shelter and so there was no other choice but to bring her home. Thankful for the time I had her to love and without a doubt she was my best friend.....I will miss you old girl