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February, 2012

Applesauce – A tribute to our sweet saucy pony

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applesauce-motionIt is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our beloved Applesauce.  Applesauce went over the rainbow bridge to join so many of his friends on February 15th and we will miss him dearly.  To the outside world he was Applesauce, the small little spotted pony- but to the riders who loved him, the volunteers who worked with him and the staff who cared for him he was our sweet little saucy-pony.  Saucy was his nickname and one that he lived up to everyday.  He may have been 35 years old (a young 105 in human years) but in his heart and his actions he wasn’t a day over 5.  He loved to be out in his pasture watching over his girls and soaking up the sun.  He loved to get treats and of course apples were a favorite for the pony who bore the name, but above all he loved to work.  He was the old man that refused to retire – the one that loved his job so much he knew everything by heart.  From taking care of the littlest riders to giving ground lessons to older riders he was a true champion.  Applesauce held the title of the oldest therapy horse in the state of Indiana for several years, getting special recognition at the 2010 Special Olympics Equestrian Games.  He was the steady eddy of the barn, the horse that you could always go to for any rider.  We love him very much and are thankful for everyday we had with him.  Thank you for changing so many lives Applesauce, we will never forget you.

Well done good and faithful servant – rest in peace sweet friend.


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