Stacy Westfall’s first horse

My first horse, Baby Baby James, February 1, 1981-December 5, 2011. I have had her since I was 11.

121 Comments

  1. Fina Lee on December 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

    A beautiful horse and you have beautiful memories that will live forever in your heart. (Speaking from experience) My condolences Stacy. It’s heart wrenching to lose such a good friend.

  2. Julie Marshall on December 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    So Sorry Stacy. My thoughts are with you. Baby Baby James was one lucky horse to have you.

  3. Mary on December 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your girl. 30 years was a wonderful long life. I hope you have lots of fond memories.
    You could hang an extra pretty wreath on the barn just to remember her this Christmas season.

    Your Friend,
    Mary

  4. Carrie Kuschel on December 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    There are no words that we can say to make your pain go away, only know that so many people have you in their thoughts and prayers. May all of the beautiful memories that you and Baby created together over the past 30 years put a smile back on your face. She will forever live on in your heart. So sorry for your loss 🙁

  5. JoLyn on December 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Wow! 30 years. I think we’d all love to hear you best memories as well as something funny. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Tania Creber on December 6, 2011 at 3:35 am

    your memories will never let u forget her,animals are your true friends as they never tell your secrets,heartfelt sympathy for losing your horse Baby,and she will never forget u her life long friend!xx

  7. Nikki on December 6, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Sorry to hear, Stacy. 30 years is an awesome time to live.
    You ll never forget the times you had with her. She ll always live on in your heart.
    Big hugs to you!!!!

  8. Phyllis Murdock on December 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

    So sorry for your loss, GOD’s Peace

  9. Debbie Knebel on December 6, 2011 at 1:39 am

    So sorry for your loss. I know that you gave Baby a wonderful life. Now Baby can run with the wind free of any pain or limitations that this world burdens us with. I believe that God entrusts us with these creatures and I’m sure you have answered to the call. May you rest assured that Baby is at peace and that the years of knowledge that were shared between you will remain in your heart forever….guiding you in the days and years ahead. May God bless and comfort you.

  10. Lisa on December 6, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Stacy, I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

  11. Rise on December 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your first horse. She is at peace now and I know that you gave her the best life she could ever have asked for… what great memories you will always care with you for all the time you two were able to share together… may she run in the greenest pastures and enjoy her second life in heaven…

  12. Terri June on December 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I am so sorry!

  13. Bridgette Firestone on December 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

    May you find comfort in your memories, and let your dreams bring you peace, your heart has been kissed that will never erase, and let your mind hear the hoof beats that brought you joy….

  14. Craig on December 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Sorry to hear of Baby’s passing, My condolences. The loss of a beloved pet/friend is painfull but the memories are to be cherished for the rest of your time here, so sorry!

  15. Daralin Parker Beckett on December 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I went through this a few years ago with my first pony that I got when I was 9 and he was 26. He made it to 42, and I was blessed to have him in my life for as long as I did, but it still wasn’t long enough. Sending all my sympathy your way!

  16. Rion on December 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Stacy, sorry to ear of your loss, It is really hard when you loose a horse you have had for years, almost like looking a family member because that is what they really are 🙂 I just hope my horse will live that long and be happy too. You have a great day and my blessing for you and your horses.
    Rion

  17. Shelley on December 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of Baby. I, too, know such a loss and there is always a little piece of your heart that is missing afterwards. Know that you gave her the best you could! Shelley

  18. Alice on December 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I believe that animals we loved on earth will be waiting for us in Heaven. “Love never fails” –1 Corinthians 13. You can remember Baby knowing that you did not fail her–you loved and cared for her to the end.

  19. Sue-Ellen on December 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Sorry to hear about the lose of Baby 🙁
    May your tears be replaced by fond memories as time passes and helps you remember your special friend, and that puts a warm feeling in your heart and a beautiful smile on your face because you loved her so.

  20. Dianne Gapp Pearson on December 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Stacy, Sorry about your loss! I totally understand what you are going through. We just lost our 30 year old horse last Sunday! He was soon to be 31. We have so many grand memories as I am sure you do. My Vet said it best about Ole “He was a GREAT horse and he knew how to leave this place! (meaning, he died on his own, and was playing with his buddies right up to the day he passed) God Blesses all our horses as they run over that rainbow! Sounds like Baby was a wonderful horse too.

  21. Rocky on December 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    So sad Stacy. Know the feeling, just last week.

  22. Julie S on December 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Oh Stacy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope all the memories you have with her help ease your pain during this extremely difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your guys.

  23. Terri Anderson on December 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Stacy, you are honoring her life every day by sharing/teaching your horsemanship skills with the world. So sorry for your loss……..

  24. Sonja on December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    So sorry to hear I lost my boy Warrior 4yrs ago this next March. Losing a horse is way more painful than any other animal. I feel like a piece of me died with him. Prayers to u and urs in this hard time!

  25. Ilene Roberts on December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, I do not look forward to the day when my soul mate passes. I can not imagine your grief. Know she’s alive in you and now she’s that playful breeze that tosses your hair and that races next to you when you’re riding. Healing thoughts being sent your way from the Pacific NW

  26. Peggy on December 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    God Bless you and Baby Baby James! May all your wonderful memories help comfort you through this special loss in your life. You obviously learned a lot from this wonderful soul. Thank you very much for still caring for her all these years, she thanks you too. She will be there to greet you when your time comes to cross over that bridge and you will run and play again. She loves you!

  27. Kathleen Freeman on December 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Ahhhh, I am praying. there is a special spot that I know that loving animal has next to your soul. May your heart be comforted. Only that horse knows some things about you that none of us can. Only now you may learn to be without that nudge of love. That horse will even teach you more now…… May God grant you comfort and love and still all the new lessons that will come with him gone. Funny, my mother just passed away just a month ago , I am learning things from her now that I never did with her present with me. May God be with you in all these times of learning how to be without……… and then still to be with……..new lessons.

  28. Lisa Austin on December 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Im sorry for your loss Stacy I know how hard this is. I will continue to pray for you.

  29. Naomi on December 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Listening to your podcasts last spring, I remember you sharing stories about her. What a special horse and many memories. God blessed you with many years to care for her and thats something to be thankful for.

  30. Katelyn MacMaster on December 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    So sorry to hear that! I know what losing a horse feels like… :'(

  31. Meaghan on December 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I’m so sorry Stacey.. at least he made it to a ripe old age.
    Not to take away from your loss but I have to tell you I am such a huge fan of yours, and loved having the opportunity to meet you when you came to U of Findlay 2 years ago… and witnessing your incredible talent at the Freestyle this year. You’re such an inspiration to me.

    And I’m very jealous of your hair. Even at age 11, it’s gorgeous!!

  32. Debbie on December 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    So sorry for your loss!!! She will be waiting for you @ the Rainbow Bridge!!!! Praying for you!!! 🙁

  33. Mollie on December 5, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Stacy! i am soo sorry to hear!

  34. Charlotte Thomas on December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss; I know it was terrible. I had to move away and leave my horse behind years ago – went back to see her a couple years after and it seemed like she stiill remembered me. I hugged her and cried my eyes out. I cannot imagine 30 years, a lifetime it seems. God bless you in your sadness. May he give you peace.

  35. susan talmage on December 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Im so sorry Stacy

  36. Diana Potter on December 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in all of the good memories you shared over the years with Baby Baby James. God bless.

  37. Dusti Fletcher on December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    loosing a loved one is never easy and one who has been a friend confidant and family memeber as long as her is totally devistating.. I am sorry for your loss. words will never heal the pain but hopefully the wonderful memories will help to lessen it as time goes by..

  38. Sheila Sperling on December 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    The saddest kind of good-bye. Animals give us so much and ask so little in return. I said farewell to my mare Nov.2……a random broken leg in her paddock…..I’m still in shock.
    My thoughts are with you. Hugs.

  39. Tammy Tokash on December 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Awww…what a beautiful friend…what wonderful memories you must have!!!

  40. Heather on December 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    So sorry Stacy! I know you will have many memories to keep her with you for your lifetime. She was obviously very special to you and you to her. My condolences are not enough for your loss but my thoughts and prayers will be with you during this hard time. At least you know that she is well taken care of now! She will be missed everyday but is happy to know she left your family with such wonderful times! So sorry Stacy! Time heals all wounds….

  41. Kelley Duboe-Blount on December 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Sorry for your heartache. It tough to lose a wonderful companion.

  42. Janet on December 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Awe my heart is with you girl, it’s a tough one when you have to let go of a best friend that has shared so much with you. All your secrets, the birth of your sons, and your marrage, she has been through it all with you. She looks like she was an awesome animal and I’m wondering if this is the horse that you first tried bare back a bridless and you walked back home shaking, if she is she has brought you a long was from that day for sure. Huge internet huzzzz for ya and know she had a wonderfull life.

  43. sue on December 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    It’s always so heartbreaking to lose a friend, but know she’s kicking up her heals over that rainbow bridge.

  44. Sommer on December 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Stacy. What a beautiful horse and I am sure there are many beautiful memories for you. May you feel the Lord’s peace!

  45. Karen on December 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    So sorry for your loss but what more can you ask for? LOVE for life.. <3

  46. Zoey on December 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry for your loss Stacy, but glad she had a great life with someone who really loved and cared for her!

  47. Dianna Greene on December 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I’m truly sorry for your loss Stacy. You have lost a part of your childhood and a part of family ,but the memories will always remain till you meet again.God Bless !

  48. Heather on December 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    So sorry to hear your sad news…..

    Don’t cry for the horses that life has set free.
    A million white horses forever to be.
    Don’t cry for the horses now in God’s hand.
    As they dance and they prance in a heavenly band.
    They were ours as a gift, but never to keep.
    As they close their eyes forever to sleep.
    Their spirits unbound. On silver wings they fly.
    A million white horses against the blue sky.
    Look up into heaven, you’ll see them above.
    The horses we lost, the horses we loved.
    Manes and tails flowing, they gallop through time.
    They were never yours, they were never mine.
    Don’t cry for the horses. They’ll be back someday.
    When our time is gone, they will show us the way.
    Do you hear that soft nicker? Close to your ear?
    Don’t cry for the horses. Love the ones that are here.

  49. Vicki Kirsch on December 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Your horse is now free and galloping in heavenly pastures — along with my rheinlander Pepper who flew away about a month ago. Hugs to you, Stacy.

  50. Marianne on December 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts are with you

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