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.
Breathe Easy, Finn
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, and is continuing to donate to us in his memory! Thank you, Carol, for your generosity and for loving Finn so much!
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!
Gallop on, Thunder
Now, she is at rest, right outside her stall along the fence, next to our other well-loved TB. I still say hi every day over the fence. I miss her peeking over the stall at me, waiting for her food & carrots. She was the sweetest horse anywhere!
Thank you for doing so much for her in her life, and for being so careful finding her good homes throughout her years. You were SO good to her. I know she appreciated all you did to help her have a good life. Bless you for being so careful to find these horses good homes and following up on them the way you do. You are a wonderful team and I would recommend your rescue to anyone.
I wish this was a better letter but I knew you would want to know. Ashley's chapter may be closed, but you are doing so much to help horses everywhere to have a good life, and I wanted you to know that her last 3 years with us was easy on her and that she was well loved and cared about more than I can say.
Thanks, Lisa and Ashley
Dear Melody and Lori,
I wrote you once last month, and thought I sent it; I guess the email never went through. I did get the papers and was about to send back the part you asked for, but then things took a turn in life and I never got to it. Thank you for all you do to keep up with the horses and their lives.
It's to this end I'm writing. On June 25, 2014 Ashley passed away. Her cancer flared up for the last couple of months just after the winter ended, and she lost a lot of weight suddenly. Also, a new tumor lodged above her larynx area and caused her some real breathing difficulties that would come and go. The doctor and I were doing all we could do help her maintain weight, be sure there wasn't pain, and he came out regularly to assess her condition as it progressed. Luckily, the cancer didn't stop her appetite, or her movement, or drinking so we continued to monitor her. Some days were better than others of course, and the day before she died I was thrilled that she went out of the barn for a long walk around the property. All the horses had been voluntarily staying in until it cooled off at night, but she was more energetic on the 24th, and strolled out. I was so happy that she felt better that I took her picture on her way out on her walk because she looked pretty in the sun. Now, looking back, I wonder if she knew her time was short and she wanted to go for one last walk around the place, because by the next morning she was gone. Judging from the undisturbed fluffy bedding around her, she did not suffer or struggle, and might have even been snacking, because in her mouth was a long piece of hay. Her eyes looked peaceful.
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