CUMANJO – Crossed the Rainbow Bridge to Heaven
CUMANJO is his USTA racing name but he is better known as “JoJo” a 24-year-old Standardbred X Amish Road Horse Gelding who stands at 15.3 hands. Even though he was registered to race, he never did therefore he ended up with the Amish for an exceptionally long time. JoJo would be the horse you see pulling the black buggy near Amish communities. The average workload would be a 10 to 20 miles each way trip, every day, and at a fast pace/trot. Once the Amish was done with him, he ended up in Slaughter located in Pennsylvania, thankfully he was saved by kind people. He would have been sold directly to a kill buyer or taken to an auction where the kill buyer won the bid. He has a permanent indent on his nose from the Amish “tie-down” method which is so restrictive that the horse cannot move normally. He arrived here at the rescue at the age of 19-years-old with a bad stifle making him a companion horse. He has worked so hard his physical features look much older than what he is. He really is not a people person horse; he only wants people attention when he is hungry. When waiting for his feed to be prepared he does a little dance. Once he eats his morning grain he wants to be on his own with Hans by his side. He was never a true friendly horse until a new blossom occurred in him last year where he started to love the attention of people. We still love him even if he is a grumpy old man! Sadly, he passed away on November 10, 2020 after developing a heart murmur which was devastating to us. He had the look a horse gives us when they are ready to past, so we knew it was time. Before each horse passes, we always give them their favorite meal so JoJo got plenty Seniority and Soaked Alfalfa. Once we help the horse cross the bridge, we allow their best friend to come say their last goodbye. Hans got to say his last goodbye to his best friend, Hans is a 16-years-old Haflinger Pony who always protected JoJo from any other horse, it didn’t matter how much bigger the other horse than Hans. Hans was a great best friend to JoJo making sure he was always okay; they were so close if they could not see each other they would start calling for each other. We love you JoJo!