The Ghost Herd of Horses and Farm Animals
Our Beloved Ghost Herd
This is a memorial to all the ones who have passed into spirit. Gone from our farm but never far from our hearts. Each one of these beings touched our lives in unforgettable ways. It would take pages and pages to tell their stories. But for now, we will just list them with a brief description. Though gone from our sight, we can still feel their presence on the farm. And every once in a while, we hear the stampeding sounds of hoof beats running through the farm, when all of our horses are snug in their stalls, and we know, it is the ghost brigade galloping in for a quick visit to the farm. We love them all forever.
We do not have photos of all of the horses due to the tragic fire in 1993. We lost all of our photographs of our beloved friends who passed before then. In some rare instances, others have given us photos that they have found in their collections. Although the quality of these photos is not great, it is all we have to remember them by, other than the marks they left on our hearts.
(In order of their passing)
Gigi - 40 year old paint mare - the first of our herd to leave. Gigi came to us at age 39 years after her beloved person she had been with her whole life passed away. Regrettably, we do not have a photo of Gigi.
Rocky Red -"Percy" - Thoroughbred gelding, 10 years old - retired race horse from California. When Rocky arrived here at the farm, he was the meanest horse we'd ever seen. But we saw through to his gentle heart of gold and helped him find that again. In the process, he gets total credit for leading us to many holistic modalities including the work of Linda Tellington-Jones and TTOUCH. His true nature came shinning through after we helped him heal the layers of the abuse he experienced as a race horse. His legacy continues on through the heart of Spring Farm CARES each and every day. Percy left an amazing legacy behind.
Bo's Twins - Thoroughbreds - born prematurely to Lamoka Bo, both sadly died at birth.
Four Bales - Thoroughbred mare, 28 years old - retired race horse. Four Bales had 86 starts on the race track and then "retired" and had 11 foals. She was retired at SFC when she could no longer be bred and was headed for the meat man. Four Bales was one of the most gentle and wise beings we have had here. We also have her daughter Lamoka Bo and her grandson Tutti. They both inherited her amazing grace and kindness. At over 17 hands she was indeed a gentle giant.
Buckwheat - buckskin Quarter Horse/Draft gelding - 37 years old - retired school and family riding horse. Buckwheat was one of the first 5 residents at Spring Farm CARES so we consider him to be one of our founders. He is also the first horse in Dawn's life, having been rescued from a life as a school horse by Dawn's parents in the 1970's. Buckwheat was the John Wayne of horses. His size was equaled by his humor and his heart. Buckwheat touched a lot of lives while he was here. He is known for so many things but one of our favorites was his incredible sweet tooth for donuts (brought to him regularly by his family) and his taste for pizza (provided regularly by our staff).
Kazinka - Arabian/Quarter Horse mare - late 20's - The first SFC horse that started this whole thing. Kazinka was Bonnie's first horse. Her story is told in our book, IF ONLY THEY COULD TALK, THE MIRACLES OF SPRING FARM. Purchased as a pleasure riding horse way before Spring Farm CARES was even conceived, she arrived pregnant and later gave birth to Viva. Kazinka survived an incredible disease after busting through a fence to get to her foal during the weaning process and piercing her chest with a nail. The resulting infection was thought to be virtually unsurvivable but she pulled through with her strong will. There have been medical papers written about her case and her survival. There is not a person who met Kazinka who didn't think she disliked them. But when she got to know people, she was known to give long, squeezing hugs. Kazinka was also one of surviving twins, so she was a fighter from day one.
Riago - Bavarian Warmblood gelding - 10 years old - retired high performance dressage horse. Died during surgery for a twisted intestine while in a foster home. Riago was a magnificent horse who was trained to very high levels of competition at a much too early age. The result was that he broke down both mentally and physically. Originally purchased and imported from Germany by top level trainers for over $50,000, he was going to be euthanized as he could no longer be ridden at the levels he was bred for. Another case of an industry who misused this amazing creature, broke him down, and then didn't care about trying to fix him. He came here to Spring Farm to retire and find peace. We only hope that he found that in the short time he was here before he died.
Tara - Arabian mare - 28 years old - retired show horse and brood mare. After a show career, Tara was "retired" to be a brood mare where she then had 14 foals. She was retired here at age 26 completely broken down. She could barely walk. Her back was so swayed that she looked like two people in a horse suit. Her eyes were so badly infected that she was nearly blind. She clearly had given up hope. Only two weeks after her arrival, using a lot of holistic resources, and a lot of nursing care, Tara found a new start. Her eye infections cleared up. Chiropractic care enormously helped her back and her hips. And she found a new lease on life. She even began trotting and playing with some of the younger horses. Tara touched a lot of hearts while she was here. She was worn down by life and hard use, yet people could always find her inner beauty just glowing from deep within her.
Bubbles - Shetland Pony mare - late 30's - rescued from neglect case. Bubbles came to Spring Farm CARES after she was found wandering as a stray in a local neighborhood. Our local humane society was called and took her in until an owner could be found. After a day, a man arrived at the shelter claiming to be her owner but he was as drunk as could be and said he didn't want her anymore as she was a nuisance and kept wandering off. Although in her mid 30's at the time, Bubbles was in horrific shape from neglect. She was incredibly thin and covered in lice. She really had no teeth left with which to eat so she had to be put on a mash that she could eat. She soon began thriving here at the farm and lived a couple more very good years before passing. She loved children and loved to go out on educational events with us.
Toby - Tobiano pony gelding - late 30's - retired children's school horse. Toby snuck into Spring Farm. We were basically full when Bonnie heard of a horse in need of placement whose owner had just passed away and the horse was arthritic and needed retirement. That horse was Topaz. When the stable where Topaz was boarded found out we were taking him, they asked at the last minute if Toby could come along too. Toby was at one time a cherished school pony for children but somewhere along the line it took a huge toll on him. He was very stiff from arthritis and covered in old saddle sores and scar tissue. We vowed he'd never have to work again. He used to tell Dawn he was just a forgotten old pony. But we, and his other horse friends here at SFC, have made sure that he will never be forgotten. In fact, Dawn has always called him her special little pony. He and Bubbles (above) died a day apart and are buried together.
Deeteza - Arabian mare - 29 years old - retired brood mare and show horse. Deeteza's arrival at Spring Farm CARES was the start of a new era. Deeteza is the horse who really started Dawn on the path of animal communication. Teacher and guide, Deeteza brought spirituality to the farm, or at least, made us realize what was here. An Arabian mare with incredible breeding, Deeteza was actually for sale when we first heard about her. However, she proved to be unhandleable and a complete nuisance to the farm where she was being sold and they basically told Bonnie that if she could come and catch her and get her off their farm then she could have her. Deeteza was a horse who knew where she was going in life. And when she knew that where you were taking her was not where she wanted or was supposed to go, she became an immovable object. Bonnie came out to the field where she was and sat on the ground with a bunch of carrots. Pretty soon, Deeteza came over to see what she was all about and decided that this was the place she was supposed to go. The rest, as they say, is history. Deeteza has affected and continues to affect a lot of lives through her many teachings and work she has done with Dawn. Her importance can never be overstated and we owe an awful lot to this mare who truly was a princess.
Sugar - Shetland Pony - mid 20's - rescued from abuse case. Sugar had the distinction of being the first horse abuse case that we took in from our humane society. We were called to the field she was found standing in when a lineman for the phone company saw what he thought was a bush moving in a field. When he realized to his horror that it was some sort of animal, he called the humane investigator. Sugar was covered in over 24 pounds of burdock! There was one tiny hole where she could peek out with one eye to see her surroundings. Her feet were so overgrown that they curled up and were growing into her legs. At first we didn't think she could be saved. But we all took one look at the fighting spirit within her and all of us knew we had to give her a chance. After removing her safely from the farm she was on and bringing her to SFC, we began cutting away the burdock from off her body. It was so heavy on her that she couldn't even lift her tail and it took days before she figured out that she could. But Sugar turned out to be one amazingly gorgeous, sweet, and loving pony. She also was a major teacher to work with Dawn through animal communication. Sugar would often tell Dawn about herbs and other remedies to help the other horses and they would always work. She was certainly an angel to bless this farm. She lived for several years here before her sudden death from what we think was most likely a stroke. She died one month to the day after Deeteza and that was a huge spiritual loss for this farm.
Raffens Tomasyn "Tommy"- Arabian stallion - late 20's - retired stud horse. We first met Tommy when we had our Arabian horse breeding program. We had bred one of our mares to him and were touched by his incredible gentle nature and his relationship to the wonderful gentleman, who cared for Tommy who everyone knew as Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob and Tommy were quite a team and the love between them was very touching to watch. Many years later we were approached by Uncle Bob's family as a retirement home for Tommy after Bob had passed away. Tommy was always an incredible gentleman. He was literally the perfect stallion in every way. Although he was happy here at the farm, we knew his heart was breaking at his loss of his dear friend Bob. He wasn't with us for long, less than a year, before he left to be reunited in spirit with his dear friend.
Raja - Arabian/Quarter Horse gelding - mid 30's - son of Gigi (see above)-retired pony club school horse. Like Gigi, Raja came from a friend of ours who had a pony club barn and who died very unexpectedly. Her horses were all placed with the pony club families who cared for them over the years, but it soon became clear that Raja needed a retirement place. Knowing that Gigi had come to SFC, the people who had taken in Raja gave us a call. We took him in to live out his days here at the farm. He had been loved and cared for his whole life and it is rare that we get to say that about the horses who find their way to us. Gentle, kind, and loving are all words to describe Raja. He was buried next to his mother.
Lady - Thoroughbred mare - early 20's - retired race horse and dressage show horse. Lady was originally purchased by Bonnie to be her riding horse for dressage. Unfortunately though, the sellers were not quite honest about Lady. After throwing Bonnie badly several times, it was discovered that she had a very bad back problem with two vertebrae actually fused together. This caused her incredible pain when the saddle hit her in one certain point. It was determined that the best thing in the world to do for Lady was just to retire her and never let her have to endure that pain again. But she didn't just retire to do "nothing." Lady was the head mare of our herd and that was an incredibly important role. In fact, she actually helped save the lives of many horses the night of our fire. The horses kept running back into the barn as it was filling with smoke. Lady stood there outside the barn and Dawn looked over and told her to take them out to the pasture. Lady literally moved into action, rounded them all up and took them out away from the barn fire. Each one we got out, she would come down to the gate and escort them out to pasture. She was a real hero.
Cody - Anglo-Arab gelding - mid 30's - retired riding horse and neglect case. Cody was rescued by a woman who found him in emaciated condition. The person who owned him would not give him away but wanted to sell him and so this lady bought him for meat prices. He was a mess. We first met him when the woman called us to see if we could help him with holistic methods. He literally was so stiff he couldn't walk and so thin that you could see every bone in his body. We were so touched to watch this woman bring him back to health. At the end of a year, she could actually ride him on trail rides. We didn't hear from the woman for a couple of years when one day we got a phone call that Cody had to find a home quickly as the woman got divorced, had to move immediately and he needed a home or was going to auction. We were full at the time but knew we had to do something. We found a foster home for him and hired a friend to go pick him up. That friend arrived at SFC with him the next day and said, "you don't want to see this horse, I've never seen anything so horrible. There is no way he can go into foster, he needs to come here." She opened the trailer and we were stunned and incredibly saddened to find Cody in the exact same shape again as when the woman had rescued him the first time. Spring Farm was his last stop. Once again he healed and recuperated and never again had to face starvation or deprivation of any kind. Cody lived and died exactly on his terms.
Chubby - Quarter Horse mare - late teens - foundered brood mare who came to SFC for possible rehab and retirement. Chubby was a survivor. We were called in by our veterinarian for assistance to see if we could use some holistic modalities to help Chubby. Daily for months we would go to her farm to poultice and bandage her feet and to administer many other medications and remedies. When she got well enough to walk, we trailered her to SFC where she lived for the next few years until her death. A real rarity for founder cases, Chubby actually sloughed both front feet and grew new hooves in. It is very rare that a horse would survive this process but she clearly let everyone know she wasn't ready to give up. So we learned all sorts of things to treat her and together we made the journey back to her new feet. It took about 8 months for the entire process.
Lamoka Babe - Thoroughbred mare - mid-teens - retired race horse. Tragically died when a hind leg snapped while trotting in her pasture. Babe was as sweet as any horse we've ever had here. But she was more accident prone than any horse we've ever met. If there was anything that could go wrong, Babe would find it. She survived a very rare equine disease after spending 10 days at Cornell University with less than a 20% chance of survival. We called her our miracle horse. Then one sunny morning we let our horses out to pasture as usual and they all trotted up the hill together. Our barn manager heard a sudden horrific sound and turned to look up and one of Babe's legs had snapped. It was a nightmare that none of us will ever forget. Babe was with us for 10 years yet the hardest memory we have to get out of our heads was the last 15 minutes. There was no miracle to be had this time and we had to have her euthanized. She is a sad testament to the perils of horse racing and the toll it takes on these horses' legs.
Miss Poppy Jay - Thoroughbred mare - early 20's - retired race horse. Miss Poppy Jay had the distinction of being only one of three horses here on the farm whose former owners continued to be a part of their lives in retirement. Poppy had been a race horse but had a person who adored her and followed her through her career and lifetime, even when sold or claimed in races that took her to other places, and promised that she would be given a great retirement. After racing, Poppy was to become a brood mare but something happened with her physically that made her unable to carry a pregnancy full term. Her person wanted to be sure she was granted an honorable retirement and asked us to take her in. She was no longer rideable and thus would have no career. That person maintained contact with us and with Poppy for the remainder of Poppy's life, making the long drive to come visit her at least once a year and donate to her care. Poppy adored when her person came to visit and indeed lived the life of retirement that her person had hoped to provide for her. Her life was cut short when chronic laminitis became too much for her and we could no longer keep her comfortable.
Amber - Tennessee Walker mare - mid 20's - retired riding horse due to foot injury. Amber is the second of three horses that was retired here at our farm whose previous owners maintained contact with us and with her. Amber was loved and cherished as a riding horse and spiritual friend. When she developed a bad foot condition called navicular she could not be kept pain free and thus was not rideable again. She underwent a procedure where they deaden the nerves to a partial section of her feet so that she can be kept comfortable. Unfortunately, although she no longer had the foot pain, she also was not able to detect when she was stepping on stones or other objects and became unsafe to ever be ridden again. She also then had a propensity for foot abscesses. Battling these abscesses for years, her feet eventually became so bad that she lost the hooves in both front feet, one at a time. Luckily, having had experience with this before, we were able to bring her through. Again, she was a horse who was not ready to quit and was clearly asking for our help. Over a period of many years, she did eventually succumb to the foot problems and we needed to help her out when she could no longer stand on her own. Through all the years that she stayed with us, her person was always a part of her life and her care. Amber always knew that she was never abandoned and that she was always loved. Her person drove for many hours two or more times a year to come and visit her.
Lieutenant Columbo - Anglo-Arab gelding- early 20's - retired dressage show horse. Columbo was sent to SFC when he developed a back problem and could no longer be ridden at the level of competition that he was doing. Through chiropractic care we could keep him comfortable enough for retirement. He lived for many years until he developed a very quick moving cancer that ended his life.
Scherry - Anglo-Arab mare- early 30's - retired pony club horse due to severe accident and injury at age 12yrs. Scherry was owned by a friend of ours who ran a pony club barn. Dawn first met Scherry when assisting at a horse training seminar at that barn. Scherry had been in a horrific accident when something spooked her and she ran through a split rail fence. One of the rails pierced through her chest and out her side. No one thought she would survive but she did, with the pole narrowly missing her heart. Scherry had been an award winning and very well-known show horse before that accident. However, even though she healed physically, she mentally became very unstable and dangerous as she spooked at anything around her. Her owner was thinking of euthanizing her because she was so dangerous to have around children in her barn. When Dawn met Scherry it was love at first sight. When she heard her story, she talked to Bonnie and they both agreed to offer Scherry a place to stay for life. Her owner was very skeptical and didn't want anyone getting hurt so we made a contract and we bought Scherry for one dollar with the agreement that we had one year to work with her to see if we could bring her around to at least be safe. Scherry ended up being Dawn's first horse and the relationship they developed was amazing. Within 6 months, Scherry was helping Dawn and Bonnie train people on horse handling. She was amazingly calm and gentle. When her person came to visit at the one year mark, she stood there crying as she watched Scherry. The contract was solid and Scherry would stay until she died at the farm 18 years later, then in her early 30's.
Johnnie - Mule gelding - mid 30's - retired farm working mule with advanced cancer. Came to SFC for hospice care. Johnnie had a tumor that basically took up the majority of the right side of his face. His elderly owner could no longer care for him and he came to SFC for hospice care for whatever time he had left. He clearly was not ready to die yet and both his owner and his veterinarian recognized that fact. Johnnie was not in pain and actually enjoyed the short time he was with us. We were only blessed by his company for 5 weeks but he left his mark on all of our hearts forever. He was an amazingly special guy. When Dawn last saw Johnnie during the final evening close down of the barn, he was sleeping in his stall just as always at that hour. Comfortable and content. And that is just where our barn manager found him in the morning, no sign of any struggle, he quietly died in his sleep. That is a rarity in horses and we all felt very blessed by that gift.
Lassie - Standardbred mare - mid 20's - rescued from neglect case. Lassie was a true inspiration to many people. Born with a deformity to both front legs, she walked with her feet curled upward. This condition was not painful to her and she could move around quite well, as witnessed by the dent she put in our pickup truck door as she kicked out one day. Lassie was feisty but she was never mean. She had strong determination and will and amazing patience. She came to SFC not because of her deformity but because she was being neglected, near starvation, and was picked up by a humane society. Given her special needs and her advancing age, we were really the only place for her. She was here for several years and participated regularly in animal communication workshops. If people got so distracted by her deformity, she wouldn't give them the time of day. But when a person was able to look past her outward leg deformity to her incredibly radiant beauty, she would give them all she had to offer, which was enormous. Many a person left this farm transformed by the work Lassie did with them.
Viking - Morgan gelding - early 30's - retired show horse. Viking is the third of three horses here at SFC who had a person who cared about him in his retirement and remained a part of his life until he died. Lightly ridden until he was 30 years old, Viking had been a beloved show horse and trail riding horse. Very dear to our office manager Karen, Viking was retired here when he began to have problems with chronic laminitis. He was only here for about a year when he developed a urinary tract cancer that took his life. We were very glad to have known him for the short time that we did. Viking was the pure epitome of kindness.
Mariah - Thoroughbred mare - 18 years old - born at SFC. Mariah was the first of our "babies" to leave us. Born here before SFC was a horse rescue, Mariah was a foal out of our mare Gypsy. Mariah and Gypsy remained close friends for her entire life. At the age of 10, Mariah went blind very suddenly from a disease. She literally left our barn in the morning to go out to pasture as a completely sighted horse and came in several hours later completely blind. This rocked her world and we began to wonder whether Mariah would be able to survive the ordeal. She was never an easy horse to handle when she was sighted, but she became much more difficult when she was blind. She would not leave her stall but as long as she was in that space that she knew so well, she became quite comfortable and in fact eventually became even more handleable than when she was sighted. Mariah's death was very sudden. Something happened neurologically one day and Mariah went down in her stall and could not get up. After several hours of trying to help her, it was clear that she was not going to recover and we had to help her move on. She is another horse who touched a lot of lives here through animal communication workshops.
Buddy - Mule gelding- mid to late 30's - retired farm working mule. Buddy was actually friends with Johnnie the mule (see above). They both needed homes when their elderly owner could no longer care for them. Buddy was placed in a home where he lived for several months. Unfortunately, Buddy's teeth were really bad and he had trouble eating and keeping weight on. He also had a knack for taking down the fences where he was and getting out of his pasture. We were asked to take Buddy in to see if we could give him the special care he needed. Like Johnnie, Buddy also wasn't with us for long. Although he thrived on the new diet we put him on and the chiropractic care and extra TLC, he actually looked like a whole different mule in the first month. And just like Johnnie, Buddy left us one night in his sleep. His death was a complete shock to us. Although he was very old, he seemed to be healthy. There was no sign of any struggle, he had eaten all his food, but he was found in his stall in the morning, having died sometime during the night.
Tasia - Arabian mare - 26 years old - retired riding horse. Tasia came to SFC in 1995 when director Margot joined our team from Idaho. Tasia was her riding horse. But Tasia was also the head mare and she helped a lot of rescued horses really find their way. She helped raise donkey babies Felix and Leo who were two donkeys from a severe abuse/neglect case. But most notably, she amazed us all when she offered to be a surrogate mom for an orphaned foal brought to SFC at only 12 hours old and badly injured. We bottle fed the foal, Shawnee, but she let him stay in her stall with her and she gave him all the comfort, love, nurturing, and discipline that a mom could give him. Tasia's death was a shock to us all and was very unexpected. She took a fall in her pasture which didn't seem to be that bad of a fall, but she apparently ruptured something internally and died 4 hours later. We know that in the ghost herd she is bringing her calm and strong leadership to the group. She was the most gentle of leaders and her herd here at the farm is still lost without her.
Orion - Arab cross gelding in his late twenties. Orion came to SFC from another rescue organization who had removed Orion from his home due to neglect. He had been found absolutely emaciated. Unfortunately, the rescue fed him too much food, too fast, and Orion got a condition called founder. This disease can severely affect a horse’s feet and can even lead to death. Lucky for him, his case was not too severe and we were able to contain it for many years. Orion has been an inspiration to many people who come through our facility for workshops and tours.
Holly - Morgan/Quarter Horse mare in her late twenties. Holly came to SFC when her owner, who had rescued her and really tried to work with her, unexpectedly died. Holly was not rideable as she would rear and buck. Her owner tried very patiently to get her past that but to no avail. She was basically kept as a pet. Holly lived here for about a year when she was adopted out to a wonderful lady in 1990. She kept her as a companion for her other horse until in spring of 2003 she was starting vet school and could no longer keep her horses. Holly came back to SFC to live for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, Holly died at the age of 28 from cancer in her sinus area.
Sydney - Thoroughbred mare born in 1999. Sydney came to SFC in 2002 when her owner was going to send her for slaughter. Sydney was in a bad accident at 10 months old that left her neck very injured. She could not be ridden and could be very difficult to handle at times. But she was very sweet and loved people. She retired here for life. Shortly after she arrived here at the farm, she developed the equine equivalent of Lou Gehrig's Disease. In horses this condition can be treated and arrested with the use of vitamin E, which we did. We were able to bring her through but she had some permanent nerve damage which made her unsound. For Sydney this was not a problem since she was not sound when she came here because of her neck injury. Sydney was a bit of a wild woman though when she was turned out in our arena each day proudly displaying just how high she can kick up those back feet of hers. Sydney died when her condition suddenly took a turn for the worse and we could no longer keep her comfortable.
Dulcie - Welch/Arab mare in her mid-30's. She has the distinction of being one of the matriarchs of Spring Farm. She was owned by a friend of ours who had a pony club barn and was getting to be too unsafe for children to ride. Dulcie originally came to SFC in 1988 when she began having trouble with her eyesight and was spooking at things on the ground. Our friend asked us if we would retire her here on the farm and we did. Dulcie is an incredibly stubborn, strong willed, and lovingly gentle pony. After working with her and building up her confidence for a while at the farm, we were able to foster her out to another children's riding school program where she loved teaching children about horses. When they were going to move out of state in 1996, we opted to take Dulcie back for a well earned retirement here at the farm and she has been here ever since. Dulcie then lived in the smaller barn at the farm, with Dawn and Margot, where she lived with horses Jeremy and Shawnee, and donkeys Felix and Leo - affectionately known as her herd.
Moose - draft cross gelding who is in his early - mid twenties. After spending many years as an event horse, he retired for lighter riding with a person who loved him. Unfortunately, Moose sustained a very bad neck injury that left him with a coordination problem in his hind end. No longer able to be ridden, he was going to be euthanized. We offered to see if we could rehab him and give him a place to retire and live out his days. Moose clearly was not ready to die and we knew he deserved a space to see if he could heal on his own timeline and in his own way. Unfortunately we only had Moose with us for 4 days before he succumbed to whatever physical problem he had that caused neurological difficulties. Although he wasn't here long, he touched all of our hearts so deeply that we all grieved for him as if he had been here for 20 years. He was a magnificent spirit with a heart of gold.
Lamoka Bo - chestnut Thoroughbred mare. At 17.2 hands tall, she was the tallest horse on the farm. Bo had been at the farm since 1987. Bo was one of the horses here on the farm when SFC was formed. She was bred to race but could not run due to confirmation problems. She has had four foals. Her first, Tutti, lives here at SFC. She also had a set of twins who both sadly died at birth. Her last foal was born to a family who adopted Bo for a couple of years. Originally we adopted our rescue horses out but due to the fact that we ended up taking all of them back for various reasons, we changed our policy to be a retirement home instead of rescuing and adopting them out. Bo was as gentle and sweet as she was large. As a foal Bo was raised on the same farm as Lamoka Gypsy (also at SFC), and Lamoka Babe (who tragically died at SFC in 1999). We also had Bo’s mother Four Bales in retirement with us until her death in 1992.
Deelight - Arabian mare. Deelight’s mother, Deeteza, had been retired at SFC a couple of years after Deelight was born. When the breeder found out we had Deeteza at our facility and she had a problem that she could no longer keep Deelight, she asked us if we would take her. Deelight comes from a very royal bloodline that we were trying to help preserve. She arrived here in 1989 at the age of 4. She was bred and had a foal (Meloudee) born here at the farm, before we were SFC. She has never been ridden, and since we do not breed, she was retired here. Deelight is a lot like her mother Deeteza, both in looks and personality. We had her with us for almost 20 years and miss her dearly.
Major - Morgan Horse gelding, approximately 30 years old. He belonged to one of our staff for 9 years and came to the farm when he was having a lot of trouble with heaves and was in a life threatening situation. We offered to see if we could help him as we had lots of experience working with this condition. Between traditional medicine and lots of holistic treatments, Major pulled through. He was best friend and pasture mate to TJ, a blind Quarter Horse. He was one of the kindest and most gentle souls we have known and he let us know each day how he appreciated all the help we were able to give him.
Chops - Quarter Horse mare about 33 yrs. old. Chops came here from a farm in New Jersey. She was going to be euthanized because she was extremely mean and her foals were really mean as well. She had a great show career and had several foals who also ended up doing quite well on the show circuit. Dawn first met Chops when she went to visit another horse, Dinah, and Chops was one of her stable mates. When Dawn met Chops, she was told that she was one of the nastiest horses around. The people demonstrated how nasty she was by running a metal pipe across the metal bars of her stall until she started barring her teeth and biting. Dawn felt she was actually quite a sweet horse who was very misunderstood and unhappy. Dawn later heard that Chops and Dinah were both to be euthanized as the owner had no use for them anymore. They came to SFC together and stayed together until Chops died. Chops never showed any sign of aggression since she set foot on our farm.
Corrie - Shetland Pony cross gelding born in 1993. Corrie was born almost completely blind caused by a genetic condition. At only a few weeks old, he fell into a pond at the farm where he was born and nearly drowned. The people wanted us to take him but we would not take him at 2 months old without his mother. We convinced them to send his mother, Dream, with him until he was old enough to be weaned. When he arrived, he walked off the trailer backwards, and walked backwards all the way to his stall. Thus we gave him the name Wrong Way Corrigan, but call him Corrie for short. He was quite a character and very happy to be here with his pony family until his untimely death in February 2011 from a colic.
Amber Donkey - came to us when her elderly owners could no longer care for her. She was loved and cherished and they were heart broken to part with her, but they were looking for a home that could care for her in her final years. Amber had been a part of their lives for over 20 years and they knew she was getting elderly and that she would have special needs. At the time, they thought her to be in her mid to late 30's, which puts her at about 50 years old at her death. Donkeys do not always take well to change. Her people told us that they had her for a couple of years before she ever brayed and it saddened them to think that her bray would never be heard again because the change to our farm would be too much for her. The elderly gentleman who cared so much about her came with her the day we trailered her. Amber gave him and us an amazing gift. As we led her into our barn, she saw all the other horses and let out a very loud and long bray. She hasn't stopped braying since then. Amber thrived at Spring Farm and years later when her elderly people, now both in nursing homes, came to visit her one last time, they remarked that she looked many years younger than when she arrived. Amber was our official greeter and the first one anyone met when they walk into our barn. Our younger donkeys called her the "wise grandmother donkey." Amber D, as we affectionately called her, touched an amazing number of lives in her lifetime.
Dinah - Quarter Horse mare born around 1972. Dinah came from a farm in New Jersey with Chops. They had been together for many years. Dinah was a client of Dawn’s whom Dawn got to meet in person at the farm where she and Chops lived. Dinah had been an accomplished show horse and brood mare but her last foal had a severe birth defect and had to be euthanized when only a few months old. The owner felt that Dinah was now useless to him and ordered to have her and her buddy Chops euthanized. When Dawn heard of their plight, she offered to retire them at SFC where they could remain together for the rest of their lives. Dinah had the distinction of being one of the oldest horses on the farm. She let us know when it was time to move on and we all were with her as she passed and rejoined her best friend Chops who had preceded her several months before.
Topaz - Quarter Horse gelding born around 1982. Topaz came to us when his elderly owner died and he was having trouble with arthritis in his hips, making him very difficult to sell or place as a riding horse. He really couldn’t be ridden heavily so he was retired here at SFC. He later became best friends with Toby, a pony who came from the same barn as Topaz, and another horse named Amber. Toby died at the age of 33 in 1992 and Topaz and Amber really grieved for him. Then in 2004, his best friend Amber passed away. He enjoyed many different therapies for his arthritis that helped him to stay comfortable, including regular chiropractic treatments which really changed his life. Topaz enjoyed being the only gelding in a pasture with 3 mares. Sadly Topaz died suddenly when was running and tripped and fell into a corner post and suffered a catastrophic injury that left him unable to get up. We were shocked and saddened by his passing and the freak accident that ended his life. We were all with him when he passed and he left a hole in our hearts. He was such a large character and part of our lives and always will be remembered.
Smiley - Standardbred gelding born around 1982. Smiley was retired at SFC in 1994 after a racing career. He had gone blind in one eye and had some vision problems in the other, due to cataracts. In fact, the eye specialist who examined him told us that he didn't have vision in either eye, but to watch him maneuver we always felt that he could see something. Smiley was lucky to have his herd mates, especially Bo and Gypsy, who kept watch over him and were willing to be his eyes for him. Because of that, he was still able to go out to pasture and play in the sun and eat grass with his friends. It was wonderful to watch them care for him the way that they did. Smiley's death was very unexpected. It appeared that he had an aneurysm. It was time to say good-bye to this wonderful guy.
Stormy, who we also called Magic, was with us less than a year but he is nonetheless a permanent member of the Spring Farm herd and family. He had lived with one owner for 28 years of his life. In his elder years, his needs grew to be one of needing extensive nursing care and he came to be with us to live out his days. He reveled in his time with his new horse friends, especially his neighboring mare Tina. Magic was a lady's man and he loved to entice the mares into flirting with him. Animals come here for many different reasons, some of them clear to us, and others are sometimes a mystery. Clearly Magic came to be a part of our herd to finish up his time in this body. He was 32 years old and had some neurological problems as well as other age related issues. Age took away a lot of things for him - including most of his eyesight, some of his mobility, and he had trouble eating. However, nothing took away from the heart and dignity of this gentleman of a horse. He lived his life with grace and dignity right up until the very end.
Addie - Quarter Horse mare born around 1984. She was injured as a young foal and developed a neurological problem which rendered her to be not safely rideable. Although, even with this condition, she was fine, pain free, and safe to be around. Addie was taken in by someone who just fell in love with her as a foal and wanted to give her a chance at life, even if she couldn't be ridden. But as economic conditions changed and Addie's barn changed ownership, Addie needed a place to stay where she could live out the rest of her years. When we heard her story, we knew she was a fit with our herd. Our blind Quarter Horse gelding, TJ, needed a pasture buddy and Addie was the perfect fit. She had spent all of her life in one barn and this was a big move for her, but she handled it well and understood that she was safe in our herd and still loved and cherished by the folks who rescued and cared for her for so many years. Addie was with us for 3 years and lived to be 29 years old. Her neurological problem was a progressive disease that began to get worse for her the older she got, until one day, she lay down and couldn't get up again as her brain wasn't functioning right to send the messages to her legs to move. It was an incredibly sad day when we knew it was time to say good-bye. She left surrounded by the love that always surrounded this special mare.
Tina - Arab/Quarter Horse mare born around 1973. Tina was one of the original three horses that got Bonnie started on her journey to creating SFC. She was a show horse at one time in her career and has also had some foals as well. Tina had two foals from our breeding program before we were SFC. One foal, Serlouki, was sold as a riding horse. Her second foal, TLC, is still here at SFC. Tina came to Bonnie with another mare named Kazinka who was pregnant when Bonnie bought her. Kazinka gave birth to Viva (still here at SFC) and Tina helped raise him. These were the first three horses in Bonnie’s life that lead her down the path to eventually founding SFC. So we can blame Tina for this whole adventure! Tina was in amazing shape for her age. She was strong willed, stubborn, and basically the silent head mare of the farm. She had a very dry wit about her and loved to tease Dawn especially. Although quite old, 39 to be exact, Tina's death was very unexpected. She apparently had a stroke and suddenly collapsed. All of the people she was closest to were with her as she passed and we lost an icon of the farm.
Tutti - Thoroughbred gelding born at SFC in 1989 to Bo as part of our breeding program before we were SFC. As a young foal, he contracted a virus that damaged his heart. Many years later he outgrew the heart problem, but he also had a conformation problem that caused him to go lame with a lot of work. His heart problem prevented him from trying for a racing career and then the confirmation problem prevented him from being trained for riding. He was an incredibly sweet horse. He was adopted out for a while but taken back by us after we found him to be in poor condition. He loved to be out with his herd in the pasture. He truly was a gentle giant and was great with people who had never been around horses, a trait he inherited from his mother. Tutti died from a heart condition that came on very suddenly. He passed on his own, quitely in his stall, after he had just taken a walk around the barn and did all of his favorite things. Content and happy, he went back to his stall and suddenly his heart just stopped. We miss his presence tremendously but always feel him here around the farm.
Blackjack or "Jack" came to us in November of 2010, already in his late 30's. He had had an illustrious career as a Sheriff Possee horse for many years. Jack was one of the most dignified horses we had ever met. We were honored to have him spend the rest of his days with us in very honorable retirement. Jack died a very noble and dignified death. In wonderful condition and feeling at the top of his game, he went out to pasture on a beautiful sunny day and just dropped dead with a mouthful of grass. While we were in total shock, it was just the perfect passing for Jack - graceful and dignified on totally the way he wanted it.
Echo of Spring or Echo as we called her was born on the farm after her mother arrived already pregnant in 1993. Echo was born in 1994 and lived her entire life at the farm with her mother, her brother, and two other ponies who were also related to her. All had come from a neglect situation and all were horribly in-bred which caused them to have a lot of genetic problems. Echo was born blind in one eye and with a neurological defecit that caused her to have a wobbly gait. Echo was a very brave and special being who enjoyed her life in her family herd and is greatly missed on the farm.
Dusty is an Appendix Quarter Horse born in 1984. He came to us in June 2012 after his person could no longer care for his special aging needs. Dusty was the last of a group of three horses and when his last buddy died that March, Dusty became very despondent. Elderly horses have extra nutritional needs and because Dusty also had extremelybad teeth, he couldn't get the nutrition he needed. He was emaciated when he arrived but let us know he was not ready to die. He immediately perked up around new horse friends again and ever so slowly started to put weight on. We had to go very slowly at increasing his food intake. Dusty lived with us for 2 years until at age 30 we lost him to a severe colic. He was spry and gorgeous and happy and his departure took us all by surprise. He will forever be missed.
Mr. Bubbles is a Shetland pony cross gelding born in 1993 at SFC. Mr. Bubbles actually arrived at the farm in utero. Bubbles’ mother, Missy, was brought to SFC when she was just a few days away from foaling. Bubbles was born right here on the farm with Bonnie and Dawn sleeping with them in their stall for the birth and first day. Bubbles comes from a very in-bred herd, none of whom were cared for properly. Our ponies, Missy, Bubbles, Corrie,Dream, and Echo all came from the same place. He died at the age of 21 years after a long time dealing with Cushings Disease and resulting laminitis.
Story was a Thoroughbred mare born at SFC in 1989 before we were incorporated as SFC. Sadly, Story contracted a serious viral infection when she was about one month old which affected her heart. Luckily, that ended up being temporary, and her heart healed up fine but her possible career as a race horse was ruined.
Story then sustained a neck injury while playing in the pasture with other horses which left her unrideable and pretty much unhandleable. Story lived out her days here. She was very sweet natured and friendly and lived life completely on her own terms. Story lived in a small herd with 3 other horses and was clearly the lead mare. She was very happy with the life she has made for herself.
Dream was a Shetland pony cross mare born around 1986. Dream came to SFC in 1993 with her 2 month old blind foal Corrie at her side. We were only supposed to keep her here until her foal could be weaned but we did not want her to go back to the substandard conditions of her other farm especially since we discovered that she had already been impregnated again before she came here. Dream has hadseveral foals, all of them with severe defects and blindness. She came with the name Baby. When she was born, her mother died and she was bottle raised by her owner. The woman did not want to part with her, even though she could not properly care for all the ponies she had. They are all very inbred. We asked Baby what she wanted to be called and she came right out with I’m A Pleasant Dream. We call her Dream for short. 9 months after she arrived, she gave birth to Echo. Dream actually asked us to name her Echo of Spring. We promised her she would not ever have to have another foal again. Dream and Missy are sisters and their father is also the father of their foals, Bubbles, Corrie, and Echo.
Dream was diagnosed with a mass in one of her sinus cavities in early 2012. She was given a very poor prognosis of less than 4 months to live. However, she lived another 3 years, enjoying life to the fullest. In fact, the mass receded and did not impede her life.
TJ was a Quarter Horse gelding born around 1986. TJ came to us in the early 90’s and was fostered out for a few years to a young girl who took care of him. When he first arrived he was 5 years old and was losing his eyesight due to a degenerative disease. TJ went blind very gradually and never got frightened. He was returned to SFC from his foster home when the girl could no longer keep him. By then he was almost completely blind and eventually went totally blind. He was completely secure and level headed and he still lived a very happy life. He went out to pasture with another blind pony, Molly, and their seeing eye pony Annie. Everyone who met TJ immediately fell in love with this kind and gentle soul. He was a master teacher of what really matters in life. Most especially, he is the epitome of the depth of the heart of the Horse.
Buster was a Standardbred gelding, born around 1980, we believe. Although not much is known about Buster, we know that he was in desperate need of a home and had some special medical needs that couldn't be met where he was living. Spring Farm helped get his medical problem treated at Cornell University and then we fostered him out until we had a space for him to join our herd. Although he had some lameness issues, Buster was otherwise thenhealthy and happy just to have friends to hang out with and the freedom to be a horse.
Buster had many aging issues, most notably arthritic joints. But as you can see from his photo, he still enjoyed his romps in the pasture and spending time with his other elder horse friends. Buster iwas a horse who tended to stay in the background. He never asked for much yet he seemed surprised to be treated with kindness even after all the years he has been with us at the farm. He never took anything for granted. It was our privilege to let him know how much he was loved and cherished. It is a gift that evidently only came to him in his elder years. Buster passed away peacefully in his sleep one night. It is a very rare occurance that a horse gets to pass like that. We have had a few who have and it is a gift to know he never suffered.
Missy was a Shetland Pony mare born around 1986. Missy came to us in 1993 when she was pregnant and ready to foal at any time. Shortly after she arrived, she gave birth to Mr. Bubbles. Missy came from a farm where the ponies were horribly inbred and not well cared for. She had never even been haltered before she came here, although when we went to pick her up, she walked right up to us, let us put a halter on her, and walked into our trailer. She was relatively shy but very loving. She came from the same farm as Dream, Echo, and Mr. Bubbles.
Missy more recently had been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease which is common to ponies and most especially this particular group of ponies. She had some mild foot problems because of the Cushings and was on medication and special foot trimming to maintain her needs. In her last few months, Missy had other health problems come up as well. She rallied multiple times until her body just couldn't do it any more.
Annie was a POA pony born in 1990 and who came to us in the fall of 2011. Annie needed a place to retire and alsoneeded a job and we had just the right job for her. Our blind pony Molly needed a buddy and we knew as soon as we saw Annie that she would be great as a seeing eye horse. She fit right in the herd the minute she walked in the door. A real people pony, she is a favorite of staff and visitors alike. Most importantly, she took her job as seeing eye pony very seriously and she absolutely loved her friend Molly. Because of Annie, Molly has a much better time as well.
Boots - neutered male black sheep - elderly - our first sheep. Sadly we do not have any photos of dear Boots.
Mary - female - black sheep - elderly - came from neglect situation. Mary touched a lot of lives at animal communication workshops. She was unusually friendly and more outgoing with people than most sheep. Mary came with Magdalen and goats Simon, Celeste, and Chantan.
Magdalen - female - black sheep - elderly - came from neglect situation. Magdalen came with her friend Mary and goats Simon, Celeste, and Chantan. They were all very close to one another and supported each other. Most especially she was attached to fellow sheep Mary. When Mary died quite suddenly, Magdalen began grieving severely and got very depressed. Even though she still had her goats and 2 llamas who adored her, we knew she needed another sheep friend. We searched for another sheep needing a home and it didn't take long to find one. We brought sheep, Angel, to the farm and they hit it off immediately. It turned out that Angel was pregnant and delivered 2 lambs, Gabriel and Michael, and then suddenly auntie Magdalen had a new job in life. She helped raise the boys and in the process, she ended up gaining a lot of self-confidence and became much less shy.
Angel - female sheep who arrived in 1997 as a young adult. We found Angel when we were looking for a sheep as a companion for our sheep Magdalen when her companion Mary died. Angel was going to be slaughtered as she was smaller than the farmer wanted and her babies tended to be on the small side. We bought her as a pet and brought her to SFC. It turns out that she had been impregnated before she left her farm and the following spring she gave birth to twin boys at SFC. This worked out nicely as shortly after they were born the elderly Magdalen passed away leaving Angel and the boys as the new sheep flock. Angel is very shy but very loving.
Gabriel - born at SFC with his twin brother Michael in 1998. Their mother, Angel, came to SFC already pregnant and gave birth to them the following spring. Gabriel is the most outgoing of the three sheep and frequently visits with workshop participants.
Michael was born at SFC with his twin brother Gabriel in 1998. (See Angel and Gabriel above). Michael lived for 2 months after his brother Gabe passed.
Featherdance - neutered male - 2 years old - born with birth defects. Feather was born with one leg severely malformed and just a stub. We were contacted by his breeder to see if we could take him here if she would also send a companion llama with him. In her herd, the other llamas were pushing him out and he was having trouble. We agreed and Feather and Gulliver were our first llamas. Feather died tragically one year later of an apparent allergic reaction to something.
Corrie - neutered male - 12 years old - came as companion for Gulliver after Featherdance died. Corrie was a perfectly healthy young llama when he came to the farm to be a companion to Gulliver. Llamas do not like to be alone so we went out looking for a llama that was in need of a home. Corrie answered the call. Corrie was another one of the master teachers to grace this farm. Many people learned a lot from him during his many years here with us.
Gulliver - neutered male - 14 years old - companion to Featherdance. Gulliver was a perfectly healthy young llama when he came to the farm as a companion with Featherdance. But Gulliver quickly let us know that he was not just any ordinary llama. The impact that Gulliver had as a teacher was enormous. When he looked at anyone with those big eyes of his, everyone felt that he looked into their soul. He was the head of the goat, sheep, and llama flock and his passing was very dramatic for everyone. He left an amazing legacy through his teaching at animal communication workshops and his work with Dawn as a teacher.
Roo - female - mid teens - taken in when owner couldn't keep her - our first goat. Roo was an amazing character and our first experience with goats. She was wise and kind but most of all she was an imp with a most amazing sense of humor and play. Roo had helped raise human children in the family she lived in and she was a great baby sitter. She was always making us laugh with her antics and games that she would play. Roo was with us for several years before she passed due to old age.
Rosebud - female - late teens - rescued from neglect case. We jokingly used to say that Rosebud was the Peter Lory of goats. She just had that sort of face. Rosebud was an incredible character and frequently joined Roo in her antics. Rosebud had an amazing way of holding her ears straight outward when she wanted to make someone laugh. She participated in a lot of workshops over the many years she was here. Always, she was attracted to people who tended to take things too seriously. Her job was to break through the barrier and make them laugh. She always accomplished her mission.
Snowflake - female - late teens - retired breeding goat, arrived here unknowingly pregnant and gave birth to Tippie Canoe and Tyler 2. Snowflake had a large tumor in her udder and was basically sent here to die. But no one knew that she was pregnant. Although she could not nurse the kids because of the tumor, she still raised them while we bottle fed them. We realized in short order that Snowy was not ready to die. We pursued medical options and with a major surgery the tumor was removed. Snowy lived for many years after that until she died of old age. She was a more serious goat than Rosebud and Roo and often found them to be total clowns. She was more dignified in her opinion.
Tyler - male goat - 5 years old - born at SFC when his mother Snowflake was retired here- died of kidney stones and complications. Tyler was a magnificent male goat with a huge set of horns. Although he and his sister Tippie had been dehorned as kids, the procedure didn't take for either of them. He was a sweet, kind, and loving goat. He and his twin sister Tippie were inseparable and they loved to play together. Sadly, he was suddenly taken ill one day. We rushed him to our vet where they did emergency surgery. But they discovered that a kidney stone had ruptured his ureter and nothing could be done for him. We sadly had to say good-bye to our lovely boy.
Galaxy - female Lamancha goat - 2 years old - rescued from neglect situation. Galaxy was only with us for about a year. Sadly she had a viral disease (CAE) that goats sometimes get that causes pneumonia and lung problems. She was a very loving and special girl who we didn't get to spend as much time with as we would have liked to.
Celeste - female goat - late teens - rescued from neglect case. Celeste arrived at SFC with goat friends Simon and Chantan and sheep friends Mary and Magdalen. They were a very tight knit family and were extremely devoted to one another. All of them lived to be quite elderly and died one after the other. We learned a lot about aging in goats from both Celeste and Chantan.
Chantan - female goat - late teens - rescued from neglect case - see above.
Simon - male goat - late teens - rescued from neglect case with Celeste and Chanton and sheep friends Mary and Magdalen. Simon was the head of that little family and quite proud of his role. He was the last one to pass and he took the deaths of each of his family members very hard. Simon was also one of the greatest teachers we have had here on the farm. Many lives were changed by his teachings at animal communication workshops. People who knew him say they can still feel his energy in the barn. We think that is true. Simon was incredibly wise and very loving.
Milton - male goat - late teens - retired here when he was the last of his herd and he needed a place to live where he'd have goat companions. Milton lived with us for many years and was a cherished member of our family. He had arthritis so we moved him to the smaller barn at Margot and Dawn's where he could be kept warmer. He lived there with goat friend Tippie and was quite content and happy. Milton's people never forgot him and came each year to bring him his favorite crab apples from the field where he used to live. Milton had been cherished and loved his whole life. That is a rare thing for the animals that make it to SFC to be able to say.
Eggnog - male Pygmy goat - 5 years old - dropped off in our driveway as kid with birth defect. Eggnog had what is called awry face. His face was actually crooked. Unfortunately, the older he got, the more pronounced this became and the more his teeth no longer matched from top to bottom. We had extensive dental work done on him both at Cornell University and with a veterinary dental surgeon. For a while we were able to help him but unfortunately it soon became too much for his body to support. He was an amazing character with a lot of spunk, joy for life, and will to live. We learned a lot from him. He left behind his brother, Nutmeg, who was also dropped off in our driveway with him when they arrived.
Tippie - female goat - mid-teens - born at SFC when mother, Snowflake, retired here. Tippie Canoe was one of twins. Her brother, Tyler 2, died when they were just 5 years old. Tippie was devastated at her brother's death and we moved her up to the smaller barn at Margot and Dawn's where her mother Snowflake had retired. Mother and daughter spent several months together when Snowflake died of old age. Again Tippie was distraught. We then moved Milton up to be with Tippie and they lived together for several years until he also passed away from old age. After that, Tippie asked us not to bring her anymore goat friends as she was happy enough living with the horses in our barn and she didn't want anymore losses. We honored her wishes. Tippie died of an aneurysm in her late teens. Her death was a great loss to all the horses, donkeys, and humans who lived with her. She was an amazing character who loved to play ball by bouncing it off her horns and having people catch it. She brought us all great joy in life.
Yoda - Neubian cross neutered male born in 2002. Yoda arrived in very early spring of 2002 when he was found only days old running lose in the wooded area of a park. He was most obviously a bottle fed baby and how he got to the park is anyone’s guess. Someone had to have dumped him there. He was frostbitten and then got very sick from having been exposed to the cold for however long he was out there. For his first few weeks, he was raised inside our small animal facility where we could keep him warm. He pulled through and turned out to be a wonderfully healthy goat. He is quite the character and loves people. Yoda is definitely the class clown. Unfortunately, Yoda had a virus called CAE that caused severe arthritis at a very young age and there came a time when we could no longer keep him comfortable anymore.
Onyx arrived at the farm in the fall of 2008. She was one of several goats who were rescued when a petting zoo was selling them at auction and they were clearly going to be sold for meat. Onyx is the shyest of the four pygmy goats who remained with us. She is a sweet soul who just wants everything in life to be peaceful. She lived with goat companions Sky and Luna.
Sky arrived at the farm in the fall of 2008. She was one of several goats who were rescued when a petting zoo was selling them at auction and they were clearly going to be sold for meat. Sky was very pregnant when she arrived and within a few days gave birth to a most precocious and precious kid who we named Luna. Sky was a very gentle soul and was a great mom who put up with a lot, as goat mothers do! Sky lived with Onyx and Luna until her passing.
Nutmeg arrived just before Christmas in 2001 with his friend Eggnog. Someone drove in our driveway and up to the parking lot of the hall and just opened their door, let them out, and drove away. Nutmeg was quite a character. Unfortunately his friend Eggnog passed away from a genetic medical problem. But Nutmeg continued to live with his good friend Nanny and his new friends that have joined his group in later years. Nutmeg was a very solid and grounded goat who never makes a fuss about anything.
Nanny was a Mix breed female goat who was born about 1998. Nanny arrived here in 2000 when we needed a younger female goat as a companion for one of our then older goats named Simon. Nanny has been an incredible provider of much levity and laughter in the barn. Although, her crazy goat antics of leaping through the air at great speed, as well as head jousting with the sheep, has also gotten her slightly injured more than once. Nanny always was the daredevil of the goat world. She was rather shy upon meeting new people but once she got to know you, there was nothing shy about her.
Fern arrived at the farm in 2008 with a group of goats who had been "liquidated" from a petting zoo and sent to auction for meat. She and her goat friend Magic were adopted from us together for about a year and thenreturned to the farm when their person could no longer care for them. They will now stay in our sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Fern has a broken horn due to a run in that she and Magic had with younger goat Luna. While it is normal for goats to butt heads, Luna proved to have the stronger horns. Both Fern and Magic suffered a horn casualty and now live together, but away from Luna. Fern is a very sweet goat who really does not cause any trouble. And she sure looks forward to getting her favorite treat - peppermint candies.