On June 11, 2015, we said a bittersweet farewell to Thunder. He had not been with us long, just 6 months. The vet said that his weight and coat looked better than she had seen in years, thanks to our care, but despite daily medication, his previous pelvic injury was still causing him severe pain.
One of the most difficult aspects of running a rescue or sanctuary is when it comes time to discuss quality of life issues for a specific horse. We know in our hearts that it was time to ease his suffering.
Thank you to our volunteers for taking such great care of this sweet soul while he was with us, especially in his last days. He has peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge. Gallop on, Thunder!
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
The Rainbow Bridge
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue
Brocca - The godfather of FHHR passed on this year, 2018, at the ripe old age of somewhere between 36 and 38. We will all miss you very much ole man!
On May 18, 2016 it was with heavy hearts that we had to say farewell to Finn. He came to us in October of 2015 suffering from severe Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) and neglect. He began to blossom in the care of our all volunteer team along with medical intervention to help him breathe easier. Unfortunately, due to Finn not receiving proper medical treatment from his past we were able to help him, but there was far too much damage and scar tissue build up to make him truly be able to breathe comfortably. Finn was truly struggling for every breathe especially as the weather started to warm up.
Junior - The 22 year old spunky little pony lost his fight a few months following surgery for strangulated intestines. He was well loved at FHHR and will be terribly missed! -July 2018
This is one of the most difficult aspects running a rescue, but we know in our hearts that it was time to ease his suffering, and now he can breathe freely.
Thank you to our volunteers for taking such great care of this sweet soul while he was with us, and to Wolf Creek Equine for your guidance to help him breathe easier. He has peacefully crossed the rainbow bridge. Gallop on, Finn, and breathe freely!
Carol Brady was his Platinum Horse Angel Network Sponsor while he was with us. Thank you, Carol, for your generosity and for loving Finn so much!
Gallop on, Thunder
Breathe Easy, Finn