description: 1989 chestnut Arab gelding
type of rescue: owner surrender
intake date: 7/20/2008
date of passing: 11/20/2008
length of time with SAFE: 4 months
Sunny was a 28 year old Arab gelding who was surrendered to SAFE in the spring of 2008 in pretty sad shape — skinny, dirty and covered in rain rot. He made a good recovery, and enjoyed a lovely summer. But as the weather grew colder, Sunny’s enlarged and arthritic knee was causing him a great deal of discomfort, and he started limping pretty badly on it. His “good” knee was starting to undergo arthritic changes as well, making it even harder for him to get around. He began to seem distant, and was not the interactive, vocal horse that we knew. So the decision was made to let Sunny go. He was humanely euthanized on November 7, 2008. He went peacefully and quietly. And amazingly, when it came time for the vet to arrive, the rains stopped, the clouds parted and the sun came out. So at the moment that Sunny passed, the world around him was beautiful, quiet, and warm. It seemed like a sign from above that the time was right to let this dear old man move on.
Sunny was nearly 30 years old when he came to SAFE, a badly neglected Arabian gelding with terrible teeth, an enlarged knee, and a tendency to choke. A diet of extremely wet mush made from beet pulp and senior grain helped him regain some of the weight he lost so that…