In Loving Memory of Those Horses Who Have Passed...
Age: 24 yrs old
When Jazz, a 21 year old quarter horse, arrived at SERRA through a local respected rescue in the east bay, HorsesHealingHeartsInc.org run by Melissa Austin, Jazz was what we classified as a 'Feral Domestic' horse. That means while she had been fed and kept by people, she had NEVER had any meaningful interaction with them.
NO training, no veterinary care, no farrier work done on her feet, nor any dental work. She lived a solitary life in a small backyard with no other horses, and no-one caring for her, except to feed her, for her entire life.
Make no mistake...although Jazz was in a domestic backyard her first 21 years, she was not a tame horse. In many ways she was just as wild as the wild mustangs out on the range. She was every bit as dangerous to teach, and has to learn to offer her legs and feet for simple trimming and to accept a needle from a vet. She was never trained or habituated to normal human interactions, except as food service. In ways MORE difficult to work with because at least the wild horses experienced the herd dynamic all their lives, and social lessons that have been taught to them by the older mares in their family herd. Not so for Jazz. She was kept in solitary confinement away from the comfort and natural dynamic of a herd. So we had to also teach her how to be a horse and to fit in with other horses...which to her were other frightening beings when she first arrived.
SERRA volunteers, along with our head trainer at the time, worked with Jazz for many days, weeks, months to teach Jazz how to be comfortable with humans and other horses. From how to respect human space, to understanding basic commands, to even having a halter put on...all had to be taught.
She has spent the last couple of years with 2 very loving foster parents who gave Jazz the best years of her life.
In March 2018, we had to say goodbye to dear 24 year Jazz. Her vibrant spirit touched many hearts. Our deepest sympathy to Sarah and Shell and all who knew Jazz. We know she will be missed.