In July 2008 Girlfriend (right), our newest adult PMU rescued from the slaughterhouse was pregnant and gave birth. Her filly was named Pistolero.  She was a joy and a bit of a terror, but we loved her just the same for she exhibited grace, strength, and courage greater than that shown by many other animals or humans.


As Pistolero grew it was clear that she had some problems.  Both of her front legs were bowed outward.  In an attempt to correct this problem she was placed in special glue-on shoes. The deviation was too great and she later under went surgery on both legs.  It was in these times that her greatest attributes shown through so brightly.  She reminded her caretakers that strength, courage, nor grace can be determined by anyones size or age.

Pistolero was fortunate and made a wonderful recovery.  Once the surgery was complete she wasted no time before trying out her improved legs and took every opportunity to race through the paddock and jump around.

Unfortunately, her story came to an end. and broke the hearts of all who knew her.  At only five months old she was stricken with a case of colic brought on by routine worming and an unusually heavy parasite load.  It was later determined that she also had what is called interscoping intestines. Everything that could be done for her was, but it still was not enough.  With her mother by her side she quietly passed away long before she had a chance to live a full life.

Although her life was short she brought love and hope to all whom knew her and reminded those at Godspeed Horse Hostel why we work so hard to save these horses.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your friend, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

~Author unknown~


Duke came to Godspeed Horse Rescue in  2012. I met Mia the Director of Godspeed through Duke’s previous,  Duke was well in his late 20’s by the time he arrived at Godspeed. When I think of Duke I think of John Wayne.  Dukes personality was very special. He was a horse that was safe to ride, sweet, a good friend, trustworthy, great with children too.

Duke's family were going through a number of issues, and the living arrangements for Duke were not fair for him, especially in his later years.They wanted to find him a good home to live out his senior years. 

Mia was preparing a therapeutic riding program and thought Duke would be perfect. Duke's owner introduced me to Mia, and suggested Mia might need some help taking her horses out on the trails.

I started riding Duke at Godspeed on the trails to keep him fit.  Duke was old, with the normal old age issues, arthritis,  soreness of legs, etc.   I was so impressed with the care Mia took of Duke and all her horses.  Duke was always ridden in support boots and after the ride was rubbed down and linament applied too.   Duke lived a good life at Godspeed. At first he hadn't been on grass for years so Mia was careful at first. The other thing is that he was stabled alone because he was aggressive but in time he had a group he went out with and was able to be a horse again. This past autumn 2014 Duke’s legs started to get very painful for him.    Mia treated him with utmost care and attention, wrapping his legs, ointments, supplements (which he had been getting all long) but things were not getting better.  Early winter Duke could not get up, and it was time to put him to rest. 

I will dearly miss Duke, and also the missed opportunities he could have shared with the riding programs which are in the works to begin in 2015.

God Bless Duke who is looking down on us always.

Rocky, Shadow, Reebok, Charlie, Solo, Mara, Nigel, Buddy, Silas