When The Lone Ranger returned to the Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden for his fourth year, Silver, his original, white horse, "best friend and partner," wasn't with him.
The Lone Ranger, aka Garry Cherricks, of Salisbury, Md., said he is mourning the death of Silver, 23, who was grazing in a neighbor's yard on the evening of May 19 when he took 10 sudden steps to a stretch of blacktop for no apparent reason, slipped and fell.
"He tried to get up and he tried to get up," said Cherricks, who sat with Silver until 5:30 a.m., when a veterinarian put the horse down.
Silver died with his head on Cherricks' lap. He was a ripe old age for a horse,...