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Horses of Unbridled: In loving memory: Celebrating the life and love of Andrea Basile


By Susan Kayne

For Capital Region Independent Media

Andrea Basile with one of Unbridled’s horses. Contributed photo

On Jan. 17, 2023, the world bid farewell to a beloved soul whose unwavering compassion touched lives and transformed hearts. Andrea Basile, a remarkable volunteer at Unbridled Sanctuary, dedicated countless hours to grooming and healing horses that had endured the traumas of the slaughter pipeline.

Her profound impact on both the equine and human residents of Unbridled remains a testament to the enduring power of love.

Described as the epitome of kindness, selflessness and support, Andrea’s presence radiated a warmth that extended beyond words. Her generosity knew no bounds, leaving an indelible mark on every soul fortunate enough to cross her path.

With gentle hands and a respectful demeanor, she worked tirelessly to rebuild the trust of horses who had endured the worst of humanity. With her oxygen tank in tow, she would make her way through the stable, visiting with each horse. With her presence, she would hold space for them and open a pathway to reconnect. In time, the most frightened horse would turn into a curious companion.

Andrea Basile feeding a treat to one of Unbridled’s horses. Contributed photo

But her influence extended further than the stables; Andrea’s boundless spirit awakened a deeper understanding of goodness in the hearts she touched.

Andrea Basile was not merely a volunteer; she embodied the very essence of Unbridled’s mission – love in action. Her commitment to the cause went beyond deeds and extended to her heart, soul and words. As a trusted confidant, dedicated vice president, and treasured member of the board of directors, Andrea’s wisdom and intuition guided Unbridled through seemingly insurmountable challenges. Her loyalty knew no bounds, and her unwavering faith moved mountains, becoming an invaluable source of strength for the organization.

This past Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, the Unbridled community came together to celebrate Andrea’s life amidst the very horses she devoted herself to. The event, held at Unbridled Sanctuary in Greenville, drew Andrea’s friends and family from afar in a tribute to a woman who nurtured not only the physical wounds of horses, but also the wounds of the human heart. Honoring Andrea’s tireless efforts and remembering her boundless love ensures that her legacy lives on.

Devotion to the horses and cause of Unbridled was a key feature of Andrea Basile’s life. Contributed photo

Andrea’s journey was one of profound diversity. Beyond her dedication to the horses, she wore many hats in her lifetime. A student of theology, a funeral director in bustling New York City for over 45 years, and even a resident of a convent during her early days – each facet of her life contributed to the mosaic of compassion and understanding she shared with the world.

As we gathered to remember Andrea Basile, we were reminded that love is a force that transcends boundaries. Her legacy serves as an inspiration to us all, encouraging us to approach life with the same unwavering dedication and boundless compassion she demonstrated throughout her journey. In celebrating her life, we celebrate the enduring power of love, the transformative impact of compassion, and the beautiful connections that form when hearts open to the goodness within.

Andrea Basile’s contributions to Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation went beyond the feeding and care of the horses, and she touched the lives of all who met her. Contributed photo

In honoring Andrea’s memory, Unbridled Sanctuary continues to thrive as a testament to her enduring spirit. Her legacy lives on in the eyes of every healed horse, in the whispers of encouragement she shared, and in the hearts of all those who were fortunate enough to have been touched by her love.

Susan Kayne operates the horse rescue organization Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation, on the border of Albany County and Greenville.

Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation last weekend paid tribute to the life and love of volunteer Andrea Basile. Contributed photo
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