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.
Age: 14 yrs old
Annie was an 11 Year Old Quarter-Horse. She was lovely, healthy and a well trained chestnut mare. Another victim of the economy. Her owner lost her job and now is also battling a heart condition. Annie had 3 smooth gaits, great ground manners, trailers and loves adventures and trail obstacle courses to decode. Fun, affectionate. smart and an easy keeper!
Annie's’ story...An Honorable Rescue....Imagine having been a horsewoman all your life and never been without a horse at your side. Then life sends you some tough blows. You lose your job of many years, heart problems begin and other medical challenges surface. You can't afford your beloved horse-partner and good companion. Knowing the cruel fate that would happen to your horse at the auction buyers, you choose to put your hand up for help. So this owner calls a local rescue to help care for her horse and responsibly re-homes her equine partner.
Now that's what we call a true blue Horsewoman. This owner put the needs of the horse first and responsibly took action so that her horse could achieve the best possible outcome.
Too many times rescue groups are called out when the horse is already starving, neglected, abused or abandoned—and the horse needs critical care and many times, doesn't make it. It's too late. Instead, Annie came into our arms in great health. A beautiful little quarter-horse chestnut mare...responsibly placed into capable hands. We are most grateful and salute Annie’s owner for honoring her horse, her partner, her friend...first and foremost…before her own medical condition became untenable. She is a real horsewoman and we acknowledge and salute her for her courage and wisdom in this difficult decision. This is a GOOD story.
In the summer of 2016, our dear Annie couldn't recover from a serious bout of colic and she passed on over the rainbow bridge. Thank you for all you gave us. We love you.
Jada was one of our cherished on-site training horses with level 4 status in the Parelli program. She came to us on March 31, 2015 with another SERRA training horse, Jag. Their owner had become ill and couldn't take care of them any longer. Jada was a great addition to our ranch and was a wonderful teacher to new people learning about Parelli's Natural Horsemanship.
Jada was a registered Quarter Horse and her full name was Otoes Jada Gold. She was born May 4, 1996 and died fall of 2016.
May you be running wild in a beautiful land far away, Jada, blessed one.