Our remembrance page is in memory of our dear old gentleman Jester who was much loved by us all at Free Rein Horse Rescue.

If the day should come when I'm in pain
and you know I won't be well again,
promise you'll do what must be done
if this is the battle which can't be won.

It'll break your heart, but please be kind
don't let your grieving sway your mind,
for this is when you'll let me see
just how much you do love me.

Together we've had happy years,
the future now can hold no fears.
Please don't let me suffer... no,
when that day comes, please let me go

When you can see I cannot mend
please stay with me until the end,
hold me steady, speak to me
til my once bright eyes no longer see

In time I hope you'll come to see
it's the last kind thing you'll do for me.
One more time please stroke my mane
and know that I will have no more pain.

Don't be sad that it was you
who decided this was what to do.
We've been such friends throughout the years
so, don't let me be the cause of tears

Deep inside you'll see me graze
with the sun upon my back,
painful limbs won't tire me now
however long the hack

I live now in your heart and mind
a lovely place to stay,
and what you have in memories
no one can take away...

                                                        (Anon...)


Jester

Jester, a beautiful 16hh Irish gelding, came to the charity around three years ago after having been saved by eight wonderful ladies who had spent eight long years keeping him alive with love and daily feeding as he was being neglected and starved by his previous owners. He was often kept all alone and they were his only comfort - saving his sanity as well as his life.

The ladies clubbed together and were finally able to buy him from his previous owner and then very kindly raised £900 for the charity when we took him into our care.

He has been friends with Amber, another senior resident, since the day he arrived and they remained practically inseparable - even being stabled together through the winters. Amber will miss him as much as the rest of us.

Jester was a loving, gentle and gracious horse with bags of character and he really loved life right up to the end.  He was 32 years old when he sadly passed away following a seizure and he has left an empty space behind him. He will be greatly missed by all of us and his fan club.

Rest in peace lovely boy xxx

If you would like your much missed horse to have a place on our remembrance page, please let us know by emailing cat.freereinhorserescue@gmail.com with a photo and the words you would like us to use.