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
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
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.