Onyx 2004-2022

Onyx peacefully left for the rainbow bridge on 4 February 2022 in the presence of friends and family with the practice owner gently holding him the entire time. Onyx spent much of his life serving others through both Equine Assisted Therapy and Riding Lessons. He was a gentle soul that shared an unparalleled bond with the practice owner as Onyx was one of the original three horses to serve through Valor Horses for Heroes and the first horse the owner had the privilege of adopting. He could frequently be seen roaming the pastures with his head pressed against Ken’s back or chasing food buckets. He brought healing to a tremendous number of individuals and groups both in and out of session. He will forever be missed by any who were fortunate enough to come across his path.

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The last time I saw him alive
Was in the first rays of the morning light
Breathin' in the February air

I watched him break into a run
Then every rodeo we ever won came flooding back
I grinned from ear to ear

A horse like that
Comes along once in a lifetime
When I lost him, I lost myself in prayer

Searched the Bible
Found a story
Of horses carrying God's glory
With the winds, to every corner of the Earth

Father, tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?
Does he fly with angel's wings above the ocean?
When I die, will you wash my sins
So I can ride him once again?
'Cause I don't know when I've been this lost and lonesome
Father tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?

He used to bravely work the cows
Then turn gentle when there were kids around
A horse like that can't stay down forever
Guess he was needed up in heaven

Father tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?
Does he fly with angel's wings above the ocean?
When I die, will you wash my sins
So I can ride him once again?
'Cause I don't know when I've been this lost and lonesome
Father tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?

Father tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?
Does he fly with angel's wings above the ocean?
When I die, will you wash my sins
So I can ride him once again?
'Cause I don't know when I've been this lost and lonesome
Father tell me, if you can
Does my horse carry the wind?

   -Rob George