Our dear friends, we must share with you some heartbreaking news. On Dec. 2 in the evening, one of our beloved horses passed away suddenly. Carson, a horse that joined our program at the beginning of this year and quickly won over all who worked with him, was humanely euthanized by the veterinary team at Janssen’s when it was determined that no treatments would save him.
Losing an equine partner is always traumatic. It is even more jarring when it happens suddenly. We are left with so many questions, and trauma, and grief. And in a year where we have all experienced so much loss and change already, the loss of Carson compounds all of that in ways that are difficult to put into words. Since finding words to describe this loss is so difficult, we would rather share with you words that describe how our riders, volunteers, and our team will remember him.
Strong. Bold. Beautiful.
These are all words often used to describe Carson. He was a big grey draft cross, with a striking presence. He was always alert, curious, and eager to engage with people. His size would draw you to him, and his kind nature would keep you close.
Curious. Eager. Connected.
These words will ring true for all who rode, handled, or worked with Carson. He was always eager to greet people at the gate, and happy to come in for his work. He enjoyed games in classes, trail rides, and trotting along with his joyful riders.
It was an honor to ride him. He was beautiful. I'm so lucky. I loved him a lot and will miss riding him.Mia Sallman
Carson was so special to Agape. He was a true teacher.Barb Sparks, Instructor
For those that wish to remember Carson with us…
We often find that the best way to heal our souls in these times is to honor the memory of those we’ve lost. We would like to invite you to share your stories, photographs, drawings, and special moments with Carson. His stall has been decorated in his honor and will remain that way through Dec. 14. If you would prefer to email us your pictures, stories, or art, please feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a special word that captures Carson in your heart? We would love to hear them all! Words have the power to name our feelings and set them free. Please share them with us if you desire.