Rest In Peace, Pirate.
Pirate was a 25-year-old  Appaloosa gelding who came to us as part of a county seizure of multiple horses including six donkeys ( Happy, Dopey, Sleepy, Doc, Bashful, and Sneezy), several ponies including Elvis, Smidge, Clyde, and Flicka, and several horses including Jacob and Jonathan.
He was showing absolute signs neglect and starvation.
He had no right eye, but it didn't seem to bother him.
We got some candid shots of him to show how much he has filled out.
There is no longer anything starved or neglected about this horse.
Here is Pirate under saddle in the round pen during our Adoption Days June 4, 2011.
Pirate in action, he's loving the attention.
Pirate was adopted by the same family that adopted our beloved Harley.
He was a wonderful horse for the same young man, Cole, and his family who loved Harley.
We know Pirate had the utmost care and best treatment while he was with them.
As with Harley, Pirate breathed his last breath with Cole at his side. There is no easing the pain for a little boy who has lost two beloved horses inside of a year. But there is no greater kindness than a boy who opened his heart to love and care for two creatures whom no one else would have, and to usher them over the rainbow bridge with love and tender care.