Very sad news as Jingle Bell passed away this morning. She was found down in her stall, in shock, and unable to get up. She passed away while we comforted her.
With a starved horse, there is an invisible line that once crossed, the damage is done. Even though she looked and felt better in the short three weeks we had her at Shiloh, her organs were compromised and we could not save her. We have seen this many, many times in the past with other starved horses. Although she was saved at the end, the reality is that she was starved to death by her uncaring owner who had dumped her in the desert to die.
Jingle Bell knew nothing but love, kindness, warmth, friendship, and a full belly for the last three weeks. We will always smile when we remember how she would canter back to her barn stall from the turnout, how she loved her friend Serenity, how she perked up whenever anyone was near her, and how she loved attention from staff and volunteers.
She was a special horse, and we are a better rescue for having cared and loved her.
Rest in peace.
Please take a minute to watch and listen to her tribute video: