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….
All that Jazz, or Jazz as we call her, is a sweet chestnut mare who came to us underweight, with Lyme and a hoof unsoundness.
After several years of trying to get Jazz pasture sound, Jazz's unsoundness took a turn for the worst. Reluctantly, we made the very difficult decision to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. You are greatly missed, Jazzy, run free.
Andre the Giant, sometimes affectionately called "Bones" around the barn because he came to us underweight, is truly a gentle giant. Andre was a 1987 Belgian gelding, standing over 18 hands high. He came to us very thin, in terrible need of some farrier care, with a hind end weakness and a bad infection.
Andre was adopted by the family who sponsored and loved him throughout his life. He was humanely laid to rest April 2013.
Angel was diagnosed with EPM soon after she came to SCR. Dispite several treatments Angel was unable to overcome the effects of EPM. Angel crossed over the rainbow bridge on 12/5/14. We hope her health is restored and she is running around again. <3 Angel is an 11yo Chesnut mare Saddlebred cross, a quiet, allround good horse.
Karen and Paul Bacon with two of their friends who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Karen is riding Bashful Britches who died at the age of 31. Paul is riding the gentle giant, Raven. In Paul's own words, Raven was "my very special friend". He passed on 3/18/05 at the age of 21.
Some animals make a place in our hearts, so that even after they have passed, we know that we will never forget them. Raven, we are thankful your trip to the fields beyond was not painful. Be content with Bash's company, the lush pastures beyond, and the knowledge that you are loved.
Bongo was a 1971 Arab/Paint gelding who came into the rescue severely underweight and neglected.
At our Monson, MA foster barn, Bongo thrived with 5 meals a day, regular hoof care and lots of love.
Bongo was helped along his way to the Rainbow Bridge due to advanced age at 41 years old. His sprite and determination will never be forgotten by those who knew and cared for him.
Nicely-Nicely, known as Charlie (and later as Phoenix) around the barn, is a small Palomino gelding who is several hundred lbs underweight. He was abandoned without identification, so we didn't know much beyond his color, height and weight.
Charlie was in our care for several months, and showed dramatic improvement thanks to the care of the barn staff, and the help and well wishes of the community!
Charlie found his forever home with a wonderful family, where he lived out his life pampered and much loved.
Cloud's Windwalker, known as Cloud around the barn, is a 1984 16h Appaloosa. Prior to coming to The Ranch, he was used as a therapy and beginner's horse.
Cloud is mostly blind, and therefore, is looking for a quiet companion home.
Cloud was humanely laid to rest on November 2, 2013. Run free, good horse.
Evan passed away on 8/20/14 due to complications from Potomac Horse Fever. Born and named Expect Peace, and later named Evan in honor of a boy that lost his battle with cancer at 7 years old, he lived up to his name giving peace and honor. Evan will be missed by his very loving adopter and SCR. Rest in peace, great, beautiful, horse.
Companion horse only, Felix is a 25yo OTTB, calm, quiet and easy to handle. Companion horse only. Click here for a video of Felix
1997 Thoroughbred gelding. Determined Time, or Forrest as he is known around the barn, is a gentleman. Good on the ground, in a ring, he's super quiet...a true babysitter. Trails too. Forrest was jumped fairly regularly in the past, and we feel he's earned a break from it before his joints wear out. Forrest is a gorgeous bay with a sweet eye. He stands about 16.1hh.11/15, 7/16
Granny Smith came to us through a local auction.
Granny Smith was what we call a “desperate case”, and as soon as we saw her at the auction house, we knew we could not leave her behind. Granny Smith was in "skin and bones" condition, needed serious farrier attention and is missing some teeth. The auction house said she had been in their care for over a year, turned out in their back field to "die if that was what she wanted". Our hearts broke when we heard those words.
Granny lived out her days in the company of her adopted humans. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her and came to love her.
Crimson Miracle , or Jerry as he was known around the barn, was a bay Thoroughbred gelding whose gentle personality won over all who met him.
We at SCR are grateful for the time we had to spend with him, and are happy that he was able to spend the last of his days in a loving home surrounded by people who cared about him. Enjoy your time across the Rainbow Bridge, Jerry, and know that you will be missed.
1982 POA mare.
Jessie is what we called a "lifer". The way most people saw it, she was an old pony mare that couldn't be ridden. She had narcolepsy and was going blind due to cataracts. But, we were hopeful - we knew the right home was out there for her. We just had to find it.
Jessie was adopted out be be a companion to a 38 year old mare and a younger donkey. While the mare passed shortly after Jessie's arrival, she lived out her days with her donkey friend. Rest in peace, little girl.
Leader was a sweet 1982 Morgan gelding, approximately 14.3hh, who did it all. He was trained saddleseat, but didn't make it in the A show ring. He continued to live at the training barn and was used as a lesson horse for kids.
Leader found his forever home with two families - friends who decided to jointly adopt him. Leader taught them the joys of horse ownership, and was spoiled daily until he passed away in October of 2009.
Leader will forever hold a spot in the hearts of the people fortunate enough to have met him.
Prevailing Line was a 1989 Thoroughbred gelding who remained in SCR's care for the last two years of his life.
Liner was a horse whose spirit burned bright for everyone to see - he captivated everyone who met him. He was a ball of fire and energy, inspiring to watch. He was a king in the world of horses, and loved to be pampered. Most of all, he loved to know he was loved.
He was laid to rest in May, 2005 due to failing health. Enjoy your time across the Rainbow Bridge, Liner, and know that you are missed.