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.
Dudes Great Pine, aka Red, was a beloved friend of our Equine Specialist, Casey. While she was in high school, Red and Casey competed at the national level in reining, an incredible western riding sport that incorporates difficult maneuvers into a beautiful pattern - think "cowboy figure skating!" This was a sport in which Red excelled, ranking them 3rd in the country once upon a time. Red went on to teach many kids and adults to ride and live a life full of love. Upon his well-earned retirement from his riding career, Red became a therapy horse with our team here at Valor Horses. Casey has many treasured memories with Red spanning their 20+ years of friendship. At the age of 28, Red was peacefully laid to rest, and will forever live on in our hearts.