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The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.

~ Arabian proverb
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Namaste - JORDAN
Born:      April 28, 2008
Passed:  November 3, 2019
Breed:    Tennessee Walker


Jody

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The Perfect Day - SWEET MOLLY BROWN
Born:      1992
Passed:  August 5, 2019
Breed:    Quarter Horse / Welsh Cross


Posted
08/13/2019
Memorial to Sweet Molly Brown

Today was the Perfect Day. Yes there were others but the timing just wasn't right. But today however was Perfect.

The sun was shining and it was warm on her face as she stood in the coolness of the trees and poked her head out to bask in the warmth of the sun.

She heard the whispers and whickers from the in-between. They called her name. It was time.

Her ears flicked thoughtfully back and forth sorting out what she needed. She energetically called out to the one who would hear and come knowing she was ready and would help.

She turned to honour her pasture mates; they held vigil and gave her room. She pawed at the ground as she was held with love, compassion, empathy and understanding.

The Lady kissed her muzzle and told her she loved her very much.

The Man thanked her from his heart for the love she gave him and he to her.

They told her it was time to go home to run free and to fly.

She remembered all the hearts she touched; all the times she escaped; all the times she carried willing children and all the times she won in the show ring. She was grateful for grazing in the pastures, marching to the beat of her own drum and the adventure of just being free to do as she pleased.

She was tired and wanted to go home.

The nickering became more clearer now. Her spirit hovered above what once was her and waited patiently for the cord to be cut. In a gentle whisp of air, she was released.

In that moment, she was free.

She could feel the energy rush through her and her muscles quivered. Her nostrils opened and flared. She breathed deeply hints of clover, alfalfa and timothy.  She was beckoned forward by a hint of roses; and she could see before her the rainbow bridge appearing within the sunset on the horizon.

She moved anxiously, her feet started to prance. "Go," she heard in a soft voice.  "Go now Molly.  Be free."

She reared up and with renewed strength in her hind legs, she launched herself and she sprang forth ... galloping up and over the bridge to those who gathered to greet her!


Her pasture mates trumpeted as she flew over them into the great meadow with the sound of her hoof beats still echoing softly as she disappeared into the mist.


This was the perfect day.

Last night we had the privilege and the honour to help Molly cross over the rainbow bridge. We know how many hearts she touched along the way.

She made us smile everyday. She owned her power and didn't give a rip about anything unless you had molasses cookies. Then you had a use.

We were so grateful to have her as part of our lives ... to be her minions and to be at her beckon call. We know many of you have your own stories of her so cherish them; smile at them as we do.

Thanks to Dr Sonja Faulkenberg for her compassion and Greg for treating each of our loved ones with care and respect.


Robbi Motta and Will Fortin

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Goodbye Old Friend - STORM
Born:      September 29, 1989
Passed:  August 6, 2019
Breed:    Arabian Cross



Posted
08/12/2019
Memorial to Storm

A long and happy life we shared with you.

If we could have kept you with us longer, we would have.
We saw you take your first breath and were with you when you took your last.

It was a privilege to have loved you.


Cindy and Frank Huish
Posted
08/20/2019
To Cindy Huish and Family,
I'm sorry for your loss.  Hugs and condolences to you and all the family. Storm was a big part of your life.  He has moved on to brighter pastures. All my love hun.

Rita Dennis

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Goodbye and Thank-you Big Joe
Passed:  April 12, 2019


Ruth DeGama

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My Heart and Soul - READY IN ROUGE (ROUGIE)
Born:      April 28, 2008
Passed:  March 18, 2017
Breed:    Thoroughbred

Posted
03/20/2017
Memorial to Rougie

A large chunk of my heart and my soul has been taken with the passing of my courageous, sweet, quirky, and stoic friend Rougie (Ready In Rouge).

I adopted Rougie from Bear Valley Rescue in Sundre, Alberta in April of 2013. She had come to Bear Valley emaciated and covered in rain rot-bailed from a feedlot. The first time Rouge and I locked eyes, my whole body felt a wave of emotion so strong I knew we needed each other to walk through a very loving path of humbleness, love and heart connection.

I must say it has been a very tough road as we have had to fight some tough battles for Rouge to gain some kind of healthy, pain-free chunks of time. Rouge has always shown strength and grace throughout all her battles and made me stronger through my physical and mental health battles.

This one last battle on March 18th was her last.  Once again, she gave it her all and helped us battle with her. Unfortunately, this last battle could not be won.  We helped her pass on, to cross that Rainbow Bridge where her only struggles will be to decide which blade of grass is sweeter or which fruits to eat first.

Run free my most noble friend and loving pal. Your pasture mates and I - plus all those who had the honour of meeting and falling in love with your most unique character - will miss you. No more kissing that soft most adorable nose of yours. Rest easy.

Many thanks to Greg, Harvey, Laurie, Brian, and Buzz for supporting Rougie and my last day together, knowing we would be in the best of hands no matter the outcome. To all my friends that sent their best wishes...Rouge and I thank you too.

Mary Ellen Lickfold
Posted
03/21/2017
Dear Rougie and Mary Ellen,
I'm so grateful for the time you two had together. You both knew love in its most honest and deepest form unconditionally.
I'm glad to have come into your lives via the university of Facebook.
Your story will go on... Much love.
Nicole
Posted
03/21/2017
Mary Ellen,
What a beautiful horse! My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Sabrina
Posted
03/21/2017
Mary Ellen,
My heart skipped a beat when I read of Rouge's passing. She was beautiful; welcoming to me; a little cheeky; a lot of bossy and totally loved.
Thank you for allowing me the honor of meeting her and so very proudly sharing her history with me. You are one very proud Momma.
I can't imagine how heavy your heart is. I hope the beautiful memories you have of your Rougie eventually lighten the load and put a smile on your face.
All my love,
Colleen
Posted
03/21/2017
Mary Ellen,
Beautiful tribute.
Anne
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Pacing in Heaven - RED STAR ROCKETMAN (LITTLE RED)
Born:      July 16, 1998
Passed:  May 27, 2016
Breed:    Standardbred
Posted
03/06/2017
Memorial to Red Star Rocketman (Little Red)

Those who know the breed will claim the Standardbred is the world's best keep secret!

Karen Kantor


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TO CHOCOLATE in HORSE HEAVEN
Passed:  December 5, 2016
Posted
12/05/2016
When it comes time to let them go,
I find comfort that I know -
Where all the horses go.
To all us cowboy brethren, We know it's called
... HORSE HEAVEN.

My mare's name was Chocolate,
and of course she was just as sweet.
That chocolate coloured hair she wore,
I thought was pretty neat!

There is no other horse like her.
I know that for a fact.
After all these years we've had together,
I'm still in one piece; and all intact.

The friendship the we shared together
Really has no bounds.
She was loyal, trusting and giving, with a big heart;
Just a great horse all around.

I have been blessed in many ways I know;
and I have the Lord to thank.
For this one fine horse I've partnered with,
I REALLY want to thank.

It's a real privilege to befriend
one of God's creatures to her end.
It has come time to let her go;
as I find comfort that I know
where all the horses go
...HORSE HEAVEN.

Phil Damiano
Cochrane



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Goodbye to Barney and Cody
Born:      1986 and 1987
Passed:  August 21, 2013
Breed:    Barney - Quarterhorse **** Cody - Thoroughbred
Posted
10/05/2013

August 21st  will always be one of the saddest days of our lives.

Two friends .. two companions .. two beautiful creatures who, through no fault of their own, took that inevitable journey to greener pastures beyond.

Their passing was peaceful and gentle but it was hard to accept that they would not be waking from this sleep. It's hard to think I will not see them everytime I look out my kitchen window; taking that walk over to the waterer as they did every morning and evening. Nor would they be blissfully running through our pasture or lazily grazing for hours without a care in the world.

But time changes everything and as we all get older, we have to make decisions that are not always pleasant but are necessary. We too had to start a new chapter in our lives and it was with great sadness that we could not take our friends with us.

I am so grateful for Greg from Just Passing coming out and guiding us through and working with our Vet. I know deep down that Barney and Cody knew we did this out of love for them.

It was hard to see my husband have to say goodbye to his buddy Barney of 27 years; I know his heart was breaking inside.

We are so grateful to have had them in our lives and we will always remember them.

Goodbye Barney.  Goodbye Cody.

Marg Wollbaum

 


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My beautiful baby girl Carlyn
Born:      July 2008
Passed:  August 26, 2013
Breed:    Quarterhorse

Posted
08/27/2013
My beautiful 5 year old mare had to be euthanized on Monday night. She had gotten caught up in a fence on the property I boarded at and the damage to her legs was too severe for the vet to save her. She was the most calm, easy-tempered animal you will ever meet. She had the patience and heart of an angel. She was my first horse ever and was so calm and patient that I was able to do all of her training even right up to breaking her myself.

I am going to miss her more than words can ever say.

Amanda Redmond
 


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In Tribute To Gypsy
Born:      1992
Passed:  June 13, 2013
Breed:    Morgan, Draft X
Posted
06/14/2013

As stated in an email to friends and family...Just to let you know I had Doc Cole euthanize my 21 year old equine friend whom I had for eighteen years.

I had hired a fellow with "Just Passing" who helps assist the Vet and takes the remains away.  He offers a horse transport and bereavement service. Greg gave me a braid of her tail and a silk rose. He is a very kind and wise man and most definitely helped me with his comforting words.

Len was his usual wonderful husband self; driving us there and holding me in his arms after. He cried just as much as I did.

I hung onto her lead shank and she went very quickly probably less than a second went by after the Doc gave her the needle. She was gone before she hit the grass.

Gypsy spent the afternoon stuffing her face with grass in the pasture and had her favorite meal of horse kibble mixed with beet pellets just prior to stepping onto the horse trailer.

Anyways, I think that is the best we can all hope for is a quick and painless death. Hope you don't think I am too morbid sharing this with you. I am strangely at peace with it; and believe that one day her and I will be reunited, along with friends, relatives and other pet family members. The pictures of Gypsy will be posted shortly.  I took one just two days ago; and one of her with her grandson Mikko, whose Pappa was a wild mustang stallion. ttyl.

Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel


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Dusky Shadow -- My Big Beautiful Boy
Born:      May 4, 1985
Passed:  March 4, 2013
Breed:    Thoroughbred
Posted
03/11/2013

In Tribute To
Dusky Shadow (out of Debbie's Passort)

You've been my pal, my best friend ... the love of my life. The time I spent with you was the highlight of my day, every day.

You raced your heart out, my sweet, darling, gentle boy; and touched everyone you met.

You were Hugh's pride and joy since the day you were born.

You've been a real trooper, and the one who really saved ME.  I will carry you now in my heart everywhere I go
.

Joan (Bennett) Corbeil


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RIP Ranger * Forever & always
Born:      March 18, 2005
Passed:  March 19, 2012
Breed:    Thoroughbred

06/04/2012

Horses carry our hopes and dreams on their backs and we carry their heart and soul in our hands.
Sam Mercier


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Somewhere...Somewhere in time's Own Space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
~Stanley Harrison
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