Dakota was a wonderful gelding who was with us for nineteen years. His original owners could no longer afford him, and gave him away to what they thought would be a good home. However, he ended up being ridden too hard, and being used for jumping lessons. He broke down and went lame within a few months.

No longer useful or wanted, Dakota was headed to a dealer. Thanks to several people who worked behind the scenes, his life was spared and he came to live at Mylestone.

Dakota was a registered quarter horse, 31 years old when he left us. He had the best personality and loved people. He didn't like crowds of people, such as when we had Open House, but one on one he was a really good boy. He also got along with other horses really well.

Due to his past, Dakota was not ridable. He foundered several times and also suffered from navicular and arthritis in his hocks. He wore very special shoes which kept him comfortable. Because he was always so eager to please with a happy go lucky attitude, he was often used in our grooming program for the special needs students and for new volunteers to brush. Dakota was very kind and truly had a heart of gold.

At one time we had Dakota available for adoption, but then decided to bring him into the Sanctuary Horse group. Despite his outstanding personality, Dakota had numerous medical expenses plus the additional cost of specialized shoes, which most adopters don't wish to undertake in an older horse. He was just fine here with us, and enjoyed his brushing from the kids who come to the farm when it was possible. Dakota had a good life and was happy.

In December, 2021, Dakota suffered a horrible hoof abscess. Two vets had come to see him, but at one point, he lay down in his stall and could not get up. At a certain point, he gave up trying. With no hope, we sadly had to humanely euthanize him. The vet felt he had a stroke. He will be terribly missed on the farm.

Read Dakota's memorial.

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