In Memorial    
         

Our Artillery Horses Who Have Left Us With Broken Hearts, But Are In That Grand Lush Pasture In The Sky With a Cool Stream Flowing Through It

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        Time waits for no-one to include horses.  We have been a blessed organization to have had the animals we are and were blessed with.  It does seem appropriate as we update the website that we prepare a Memorial for those dear, dear animals who have left us to move to the big Pasture in the Sky.   Thank God for allowing us some time with them, may they rest in peace!


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THE MARES
April- At 22 she was our oldest mare. Flirt was the cornerstone of the unit, calm, loving and a hard worker. She was the picketline diplomat, sure to get a pat from all passers by. A very typical dark brown Morgan mare.  Flirt passed away in the pasture the summer of 2001.    She was loved and is missed.
Flirt (57 KB)Flirt - At 22 she was our oldest mare. Flirt was the cornerstone of the unit, calm, loving and a hard worker. She was the picketline diplomat, sure to get a pat from all passers by. A very typical dark brown Morgan mare.  Flirt passed away in the pasture the summer of 2001.    She was loved and is missed.
Shadow (53KB)Shadow - Half sister to Flirt and 25 year old also. She was one of the most high-strung Morgans we owned. Shadow died in the summer of 2004 of West Nile Virus.   Capt Stanley is lost without her.
Casey (48KB)Casey - Queen of the mares. This 24 year old bay hated to pull but is a great outrider! She jumped into any situation required of her and truly maked it happen! Great brood mare.  Capt Stanley's mount that replaced Shadow.   Casey passed away on the morning of 27 July 2007, Capt Stanley was heartbroken!  Casey's Eulogy
Contessa (64KB)Contessa - A 9-year-old first daughter of Casey. A liver colored mare that is the lead horse with Dixie on our second team. A strong puller, she is also a bit stubborn like her mom!


Windsong - A 29-year-old brown mare who, like Casey, was an excellent outrider. Her son Ramius is the pulling partner with Vigilark. Windsong and Allen were our two strongest horses.  She recently gave birth Early.  She recently coliced and waited until Chris Moose came home to die.

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THE GELDINGS

LittleJoe (74KB)Little Joe - One of the two Quarterhorses, Little Joe is an outrider. Incredibly fast, he can get in and stabilize a bad situation quickly.


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Gemini There are days it sucks to be me and today was one of them……about 16-17 years ago two foals were born to Gerry and Carol Meunier in May (the source of many of our quadruped friends).   One foal died, the other survived and was given the registered name of Gemini Survivor.  Gemini Survivor died today, a victim of a lighting strike from a severe electrical storm; he had fussed at my slowness in feeding him and Dixie this a.m. 

Always the pig and always the ham, he and Rebel were like brothers.  If they were on the picket line together he would help Rebel escape or Rebel would help him, or they both would go.  Neither of them ran away, but was always in search of that blade of grass with their name on it.

Gemini, without any formal training, became a team regular and a steady hand….remember him pulling the Rev War Gun at Guilford Court House National Park last year? 

Billy Horne describes him best when he said, “Gemini could be a pain, but when he was doing what he was supposed to do, he did it well!!!  He could always be counted on to buck at least once as if to say, “your back there only because I’ll allow it……so don’t push it!!!”

Tomorrow morning he will be buried beside his former friends and companions, Casey, April and Flirt, good company for a guy horse (yes I know gelding).   Dixie brought a tear to your eye when you realized she knew he was dead.  She stayed in the corner of the pasture and wouldn’t come near. Rebel stared over the fence to see his buddy lying there, those good times between the two only memories.  I had been at Colfax getting stuff moved out from Mom’s house with Stuart Brandt’s help.  Joyce discovered him when she returned from work. We covered him in an original WWI blanket, remember he was the first horse we tried the Philips Pack Saddle and Machine gun on his back, and he was great. A fitting tribute.

So as we have wished the others away, April, Casey, Flirt, Shadow and Traveler (sire to most of them), we wish him a happy afterlife in those green meadows of lush grass in the company of family and waiting for the rest of us (horse and man) to come home and join him.

He will be buried in the Pet Cemetery along with Flirt, Casey and April (horses), Kush and Princess (dogs), Holiday and Raisin (cats) and Momma and Mocha (goats). He could be one of the most stubborn horses we owed, but could also be really sweet. He will be greatly missed.

Traveler:  Our stallion who sired a number of our horses, past away due to old age.


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