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Misfit Ranch - Rainbow Bridge

Misfit Ranch, Rainbow Bridge
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.
For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

- inspired by a Norse legend

Loki - View More - View Less
Yearling Appaloosa
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge - 5/3/2015

Misfit Ranch, Rainbow Bridge - Loki #01 We rescued Loki from the Kaufman kill pen in April 2015. We only saw a photo of his rear, mixed in a herd of terrified horses on the kill lot. Something about him tugged at the heartstrings and we knew we had to save him. He went to a quarantine lot with scores of other rescues that had been pulled off the lot ... little did we know that he was under a year old and very sick. It wasn't until we had arranged for our good friends at Winners Circle Equine Rescue to pick him up, hold him for a few weeks and then transport Misfit Ranch, Rainbow Bridge - Loki #02 him to us that we became aware of just how sick he was. He was terrified, but wanted to trust the human touch. Gradually he let his caregivers scratch him, halter him and pet him. During the course of the first few days Loki's appetite diminished. He began to act lethargic and finally his breathing became labored. He went into a severe colic. The vet was called and, unfortunately there was nothing that could be done. Misfit Ranch, Rainbow Bridge - Loki #03 Since sweet Loki had never been handled, he hadn't had the care, medical attention and nutrition that he needed from birth. He had a severe case of parasites and would not make a recovery. One of the hardest things that we've ever had to do was give the go-ahead over the phone to euthanize him. We were comforted only by knowing that 1) he did not leave this world on a slaughter truck and 2) he died with dignity in the arms of caring humans where, at least for a little while, he knew love. RIP, sweet little boy.

Baby Jack - View More - View Less
Month Old Jack Burro
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge - 5/16/2015

Misfit Ranch, Rainbow Bridge - Baby Jack #01 We rescued Mama and Baby Jack from the Kaufman kill pen in early May 2015. Mama was in pretty rough shape with cuts to her front legs and unable to eat because her teeth were so bad. Baby Jack was an adorable spotted burro… only several weeks old. Buffy, the wonderful caretaker where Mama (Idabelle) and Baby Jack have been in quarantine for the past week went out to feed and found that he had passed during the early morning hours. He was fine late last night. He had not been ill, but quite the opposite. He was energetic, eating well and healthy. The only thing that we can assume is that since Mama had been unable to eat prior to her teeth floating, she had not been able to produce enough milk. Unfortunately, these types of situation are more the norm than the exception in cases of slaughter rescues. In order to prevent more trauma, it is only fair and right to let Mama stay put since she's bonded with the caretaker and other animals. RIP Baby Jack.

Sienna - View More - View Less
Aged QH Mare
Crossed the Rainbow Bridge - 12/11/2015

We rescued Sienna in May of 2015 from the Thompson Lot Kill Pen in Louisiana where she was known as “Sugar”. Sienna was such a beautiful, older mare who had the kindest eyes and sweet disposition. In her riding video posted online she obviously had been well trained and worked hard for her owner. I would like to think that whoever her owner was, they were not the ones to take her to auction. We’ll never know why she ended up there, but like so many she did not deserve that fate. We sent her to quarantine for the recommended 30 days and upon arriving at Misfit Ranch, she was extremely thin and definitely not feeling well. None of this was apparent on the video so there’s no way for us to know how long she’d been in decline. We had some successes and some setbacks with refeeding Siena and trying to rehab her back to health, but apparently her condition was too deteriorated. Knowing that winter was approaching and we didn’t have the facilities nor man power to care for her like she needed, we contacted our good friends at the Humane Society of North Texas Equine Division. They agreed to take her in and begin her long road to recovery. Unfortunately, Sienna was too far gone and she passed only a week after being at HSNT. What a tragic loss to lose such a precious life, but also a life such as Sienna’s who had served her owner well and was so very kind. We miss you sweet girl. RIP Sienna.

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