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  1. #1
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    Default I'd like to share - I met my horse's breeder's family today

    Ted (Zen's Secret Reazen) was homebred and trained by Oscar Wells Sr. When he died, his son, Oscar Jr, promised to race him for another year. They sold him at a paddock sale, but Ted was flipped around and went through two other owners before I found him. That was over 13 years ago. Last winter, Oscar's daughter in law, Patty, found me via the internet, and we promised to meet up (it just took a while thanks to ice and blizzards, then tornadoes, then blistering heat).

    They brought some of his racing programs, a baby tooth, and a track jacket! And treats for Ted. We had just the most wonderful afternoon. They are relieved he found a good home, and I am overwhelmed with the gifts - stories, memorabilia, and their concern about a horse that means so much to me.

    I hope to go to Fairmount with them and meet up with some of the many people they know, who knew my horse when he raced.

    Their hopes for him may not have come to fruition on the track, but they bred a wonderful, wonderful horse, and I am so grateful to them for all they did for him.
    www.specialhorses.org
    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues




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    Very cool!
    How nice of them to gift you with momentos of Ted's past.

    I still haven't found the courage to let Vern's former owner know he's gone.
    Last time I saw her she was training At Gulfstream in Ft Lauderdale and thrilled to know he was still doing well at 20+yo.
    Some day....
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009
    Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009



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    The important thing is that Vern was loved and cared for by you until the end. You did NOT fail him.
    www.specialhorses.org
    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues




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    Love this story, Ribbon.



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    very cool, thanks for sharing it. I would be thrilled to find out more about my guy from people who actually knew him.



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    What's even better: my trainer moved to this area many years ago, and because she worked all over (Fairmount, QH barns, hj barns) they KNOW each other - Ted was so sleepy (it was warm and sunny and he had been playing hard the evening before as it had cooled down), so we skipped the lesson and just talked. And talked. So now they have reconnected too! The track jacket is spread over the couch back so I can just look at it and smile.
    www.specialhorses.org
    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues




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    That is so neat! I am glad that happened, and glad you took time to share such feel-good news.
    Jeanie
    RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.



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    Default VERY COOL INDEED ` THANKS FOR SHARING ~~

    VERY COOL !!

    THANKS FOR SHARING !
    PICTURES PLEASE ?!
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE !"



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    DGRH: I only know you and Ted through this BB, and you have given me the biggest smile and warm spot in my heart ever.!

    What lovely people his connections are, and how lucky he was to find you.
    They don't call me frugal for nothing.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.



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    What a great story!

    Too bad these feel good happy endings are so rare.

    Did you take any pictures? What does the track jacket look like?
    Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!
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    It's a satin jacket, says "Zen's Secret ReaZen" on the back, in blue and white (racing colors). I am afraid to wear it in case it gets ruined!

    We do have pics, but not in my camera. And we'll do it again. It was such a wonderful afternoon.
    www.specialhorses.org
    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues




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    Tears of joy
    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

    What's the status on Tuco?



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