Heaven Can Wait - Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning
Heaven Can Wait - Monthly Newsletter
First and foremost, I wish to thank my wonderful friends and volunteers, Jason and Rachel and their 3 wonderful kids, for caring so much about HCW that they submitted an e-mail to KSBY worthy of catching someone’s eye in the news department. The result of that wonderful gesture was a news piece done on a Tuesday when the young adults from the Independent Skills Program of Paso Robles Unified School District come to Heaven Can Wait for their weekly time with the equines. For those of you who might have missed the news last Friday evening, to watch the segment, click here
I am hopeful that this exposure will help keep HCW open for these kids and all the others, children and adults alike, who come here to visit their equine friends and learn a few things here and there not only about horses, but themselves as well.
I also wish to give big thanks to Valerie Harris and the CA16 Chapter of the National Barrel Horse Association for putting on a wonderful show at the Benefit Barrel Race held for Heaven Can Wait on September 9, 2012. Those horses flew around the barrels and having never really watched a barrel race from beginning to end, I was quite impressed with the quality of the riders and their horses. Wow, some were really fast. My congratulations to the winners and my humble thanks to all of you for participating in the event and sharing the proceeds with our equines who are so deserving. Thank you, too, for planning the Benefit Silent Auction for us at the California NBHA State Championship Finals in Tulare on October 7, 2012. Your group is absolutely awesome.
On a sad note, Rolo was sent to heaven on Friday, September 7. He was a truly remarkable horse who arrived here about 7 years ago with the worst case of navicular disease any veterinarian had ever seen.
The fact that he stayed comfortable and with us for so long was due in large part to his unbelievable will to live a life he probably never knew in his past. His therapeutic shoeing was changed many times over the course of time because of the changes created by the disease itself. One would watch in wonder as he trotted off each time he was reshod. The farriers and, of course, the veterinarian behind all the creative ways to keep him comfortable, would stand in awe to watch him move around ever so gallantly and with such inner strength and fortitude. We knew he was never totally pain free, but his attitude always made one think he was, until that Friday. He was truly amazing and ever so stoic. He will be missed by many.
Well, since I have a whole bunch to do yet before the day is over, I will end this masterpiece of a “newsletter” with good thoughts that all is well with everyone and that you are planning a visit to HCW in the near future.