In Memory Of
Raffy was a quarterhorse cross who came to Journey's End along with Vinny. They were rescued from an auction by a student who rode them while she was in high school. She won a lot of awards with Raffy, but she lost interest in the horses after she went to college, so he and Vinny came to Journey's End. Raffy could no longer be ridden, but he was exercised to keep him healthy.
Raffy was the leader of the herd of horses here. The other horses wouldn't come near when he was getting his treats. He knew how to "smile", bow, or shake hooves in exchange for a treat.
Raffy told the story of the day he got sick and went for an emergency visit to the clinic in Ocala in our April, 2009 newsletter.
Raffy passed away on New Year's Day, 2011. He had eaten that morning and seemed to be okay, but then he lay down. With coaxing he was able to get up and walk around, but he kept trying to lay down. The vet came and examined him, but she felt he was too old for surgery or other heroic measures. We kept walking him for the rest of the day, trying to keep him from going down again. Finally, late in the afternoon he started to quiver and lay down and died. The vet said it was probably heart failure.