RC was the second horse we every rescued.  He was the next door neighbor of Chardonnay when we first got her when she was only 2 years old. RC loved the grain that we fed Chardonnay and politely whinnied everytime we fed Chardonnay...so how could we help but to feed him too!  We could see that he was very thin and being cared for by an elderly gentleman that did not have the means to care for him properly.  RC hadn't seen a dentist in years and his feet were in terrible condition.  It didn't take long for us to realize that RC had VERY FEW TEETH.  He couldn't digest the alfalfa he was given everyday, it would often fall out of his mouth. We asked his owner if we could take him in and care for him.  He wasn't too keen on the idea.  After serval months of asking, he finally gave in.

We brought RC to the stable where Chardonnay was at the time and EVERYONE told us to put him down.  Well, we just couldn't do that.

This was RC when we first took him in...and soon he was filled out!  He ate nothing but Purina Senior Grain for the last 7 years of his life that we had him!  He was 32 when we got him, we had him for 7 loving years.  He moved from Northern California to Southern California, he went out of his stall everyday and layed in the sun in the turn out area.  He ran faster than horse half his age to get to his turn out!  We never called a vet on him once in the 7 years we had him.  He went peacefully one day...he had gone out to have his sun bath in the morning and returned to his stall at about noon.  With no particular event or any pain, he simply was gone about 10 minutes later, we assume a heart attack or something of the like.  We are glad he went that way...no colic or long term illness. 

We will love him forever and he is a MAJOR inspiration to us all...the old guys still have it in them!  We love you RC!

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"In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens." - Jodie Mitchell

Villa Chardonnay, Horses with Wings, is a sanctuary dedicated to the compassionate care of animals, primarily horses. We provide love, a home and critical care for abused, neglected, slaughter bound and abandoned creatures.