A Tribute to MoZ
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle” – St. Francis of Assisi”
There are horses who climb into your heart, and tug on your heart strings; and never let go. MoZ was one of those horses.I met MoZ back in rehab at the Habitat for Horses in February of 2012 before his disease became apparent. He was always one of my favorites. MoZ wore his heart on his sleeve; and oh, what a heart he had!
Thom Fossing was in charge of the horses in rehab back then; and he became concerned when MoZ started losing weight. Doc Jenkins performed a sonogram in August of 2012, and MoZ’s diagnosis was inflammatory bowel disease. It caused malabsorption, which meant that MoZ was not absorbing his nutrients, no matter how much he ate. Moderate doses of steroids daily did not help; and he was constantly hungry but lost weight.
The scar tissue that MoZ carried inside because of his disease never healed, but the wounds to his heart did. MoZ knew he was loved at the end. MoZ left this world on April 19, 2013. Carole Ann Pujazon, the Volunteer Coordinator at the Habitat, told me that he was so brave and passed so peacefully. It was a gentle, sweet passing. He looked at those gathered around him for the last time as if to say “it’s o.k., I’ll be watching over you all from the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for loving me”. MoZ had a special tree at the Habitat he would lie under when tired, and Jerry Finch, the founder of the Habitat, would lie down with him and cradle his sweet head in his lap, and tell MoZ stories of the brave horses that went before him. He is buried under that oak tree. A monument in his honor was set up by Carol Anne. His suffering has ended, and now he is with God.
The heart never lies. Horses know nothing of money, status, beauty, or accomplishments. They only see your heart and accept us or reject us based on what they find. And God looks at the heart. MoZ had the heart of a champion. He endured, persevered, and fought the good fight of faith until the very end. MoZ, pure and brave of heart, rest in peace forever.
In remembrance of MoZ and other horses who have gone before him, :The Horse at Home for Greener Pastures, An Equine Evening; will be held on November 7th at 6 p.m. in Houston. 100 % of funds raised will benefit the Greener Pastures Land Fund for rescued horses. The goal of the Land Fund is to have enough land and resources to build the infrastructure needed to house more abused and abandoned horses. MoZ would have liked that.
To learn about “The Horse at Home” visit habitatforhorses.org
Have fun while helping the spread the news about Habitat for Horses with our Facebook St Patrick’s Day Horse Photo Contest. Go to https://www.facebook.com/Habitat.for.Horses.org and click on the St Patty’s Day Photo Contest Link to find out more.