Somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and fall trees grow
Some paradise where horses go,
For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again.
We said goodbye, unexpectedly, to our beautiful and lovable stallion Rafferty a couple weeks ago. The barn feels so empty without him. He was a huge presence at Sioux River and was loved by all. Raffy was born here on the farm, and his mom Yzzy is one of our favorite lesson horses.
He was an extremely well-behaved stallion but you couldn't walk any horse past his paddock without him "waving hello" with a happy, arched-neck jig and a nicker. He was a joy to be around, and breath-taking to ride and watch in action.
Everyone will miss Raff terribly...Most of all his human mama, Callae, who was the first thing he saw and touched in this world when his little eyes opened for the first time, and the last thing he saw and touched as his eyes closed the final time.
His passing is a reminder of the fact that being a horse-person is not easy. When we sign up for this life, we sign up for the good times and the hard times. When we buy a horse, we're making a commitment...to love them, care for them and protect them to the best of our ability, and to make hard, sometimes painful decisions on their behalf. We put our heart and soul into our horses, knowing that at some point, that heart is going to break.
Broken as they are, Raff will live on in our hearts forever...RIP sweet boy.