To My Dearest, Dearest Friend,

I did not know how suddenly our time together here on Earth would end. I knew the day would eventually come where you'd be with me only in spirit, although I never wanted to believe it really would. One thing's for sure - if I make it to heaven, the first place I'm going is to the barn.

Your legacy will forever live on in our memories and in my heart. I have wonderful memories of you that I will hold close and treasure forever. A tear will fall every day for you. I have a sharp pain in my heart, and am overwhelmed with sadness knowing that you are gone. There are so many things I wish I would have said that last night in the barn with you. I guess it's only fitting I say them now.

As I stare out the back window I will always find myself looking for Handy in the barn or in our pastures. Handy was loved; he had his own place with us. He was ours or should I say, we became his!!! Handy was one of those horses who would never question you if you did something wrong. He was the sweetest of all. His trust was unconditional! He did not have a mean bone in his body. He was the heart of our little herd, perfectly beautiful, sweet and docile.

He entertained and educated many of the children and adults that took lessons on him. He was a favorite riding school horse. He brought confidence and peace of mind to each and every rider that ever rode upon his back. He was the first horse that many city kids ever touched or had the chance to ride. He will be greatly missed by all his many students. Thank you, my beautiful man, for being so careful and sweet with my children, the students that rode you and all my family. Thank you, Handy, for all you allowed and for being patient and loyal and never putting any of us in harm’s way. I always trusted you...and in return you took very good care of all of us always. I always felt safe in your care.

You will always be a part of our family, and you will forever be with me in my heart and soul. You were the most patient and giving horse I have ever had the honor of knowing. You put up with us all didn’t you!! Thank you my dear friend for teaching me love, patience and giving me knowledge. I will see you again and we shall ride together in the heavens eternally. It is with a heavy heart I write this well-deserved memorial tribute to you.

I will never forget you, and I will look for you when it is my time to go to heaven. I love you my Handy Boy, my prince. Be safe, be good, behave buddy. Tell Bandit I said thank you for guiding you home. I love him too and miss him dearly. Good night, my sweet boy. Until we meet again…I can only imagine how beautiful you must look in heaven. It has to be an even more spectacular paradise now...because it has you!!

Forever Missing You!

Drea, Joe, Cowboy, Kodiak, General Lee and all your loving students

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