Sebastian Riding Associates

A Tribute to Honey

Talk to anyone around the farm and they have a story to tell you about Honey’s Echo Rose, aka Honey. Honey was donated to the program in 2003 as a 5-year-old draft cross after she was born in Canada. She was born on a farm that provided urine from pregnant mares for the manufacture of the female hormone drug, Premarin. The down side to this production was the many foals that were born and had no homes. She was purchased “by the pound” through a rescue organization out of California. Pennsylvania resident, Stella Jennings, who had adopted other horses from the rescue had told them she wanted a horse with different coloring. Honey’s coloring is called a rose roan. So, Honey found her home in Pennsylvania as a 6 month old. Thankfully, the drug manufacturer now makes the product using synthetic materials. In Honey’s early days, she didn’t play well with others and always had a private paddock. She was arguably the smartest horse in the barn, always waiting for just the right moment, when the handler/feeder wasn’t paying attention, and she would push her way out of the stall to get to the grass. Even the most seasoned veterans have a story to tell about Honey getting to the grass. Despite her antics in the barn, she was, without question, one of the most patient horses. She was
good to her students; when they needed a moment to compose, she was happy to wait. If she wasn’t sure what the rider was asking, she tried to guess. She was fearless on the trail and was an all-around go-to horse at the farm. It is hard to comprehend the frailty of these large creatures. When a horse gets abdominal pain, it is referred to as colic. On December 23, Honey suffered a serious colic and despite the veterinarian’s very best efforts, was unable to be saved. She was a friend and a partner to many and will not soon be forgotten. Rest easy our dear friend.

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