On July 25th, we had to say the hardest of goodbyes to one of our most cherished rescue horses: one that has certainly had a huge impact on hundreds of both human and horse lives. Our mascot, DHOH “Monty”, made his way over the rainbow bridge at the early hours of the morning, off to greener pastures.
This horse was the definition of a rescue success: he was saved out of a kill pen at the age of 29, and although he had soundness issues he taught kids how to ride, taught kids with special needs how to groom, how to lead and most importantly, he taught us all how to love unconditionally. He practically raised all our foals once they were weaned... he was the best uncle! He’s been to gymkhanas, many, many events, birthday parties and has even gone on road trips to help teach frightened horses how to load in a trailer. His 4 1/2 years at DHOH had to have been his best years. Everyone that has come through our gates has probably met him... the big sorrel gelding that roamed loose in the day.... grazing at will and talking to all his lady friends over their gates. He was a legend and this barn will never be the same without him in it. Monty had gone off his feed his last few days and although he still loved to wander around, he wasn’t quite right. He passed away in his stall overnight with no sign of struggle... so we can only hope that he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Monty was buried this up on the hill with many of his favorite people gathered around. Rest easy Big Guy and know that you were very loved. See you on the other side, our sweet boy.
In Monty's honor we are looking to do something special. Specifically we'd like create a scholarship to be awarded annually to someone who saves an older, at-risk horse like Monty. We've seen first hand how much of an impact older horses can have. To help us kick this off, please consider donating to the Monty Memorial Scholarship Fund. You can donate through your platform of choice: PayPal, Venmo, mailed check or cash.
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