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Who was the first famous horse who won your heart?

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  • Who was the first famous horse who won your heart?

    Just thinking back to my childhood...

    For me it was a racehorse called Timely Writer. He was so beautiful and elegant, and was a "local hero" here in MA, as some brothers in Boston owned him. Sadly, he broke his leg in the Jockey Club Gold Cup race, live on TV. :-( I never forgot him.

    My next favorite was Touch of Class...it was amazing to see her sailing over those jumps at the Olympics.

    So, who was your first "famous horse" idol??
    In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)
  • Original Poster

    Just thinking back to my childhood...

    For me it was a racehorse called Timely Writer. He was so beautiful and elegant, and was a "local hero" here in MA, as some brothers in Boston owned him. Sadly, he broke his leg in the Jockey Club Gold Cup race, live on TV. :-( I never forgot him.

    My next favorite was Touch of Class...it was amazing to see her sailing over those jumps at the Olympics.

    So, who was your first "famous horse" idol??
    In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)


    • #3


      • #4
        Sunny's Halo - my first KY Derby, 1983.


        • #5
          Secretariat, no question!


          • #6
            Jet Run
            On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


            • #7
              Oh crap...that GRAY jumper..maybe in the early 80's....I think Hap Hansen rode him....can NOT think of his name now....


              • #8
                Horse: Untouchable
                Pony: Stroller
                "The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse" Lord Palmerston


                • #9
                  Man 'O War...read Walter Farley's book and that did it.
                  "I'm a quitter. I come from a long line of quitters. It's amazing I'm here at all.


                  • #10
                    It's hard to pick just one! But, I guess I'd have to say my celeb horse would have to be Gem Twist.

                    Truthfully it was Man O War but he wasn't alive while I was growing up so I never really saw him...just love the story and the horse himself from what I'ver seen/read-and he's related to my retired guy who looks soooo much like him!

                    But then again, Seattle Slew is a gem and my greenies granddaddy so...

                    See, there are just too many-I could do this all day long!
                    Lord Stanely, Lord Stanley - come back to Pittsburgh!!!
                    *** I LOVE PUIKA FAN CLUB***


                    • #11
                      When I was young we would go on vacation to the UK, and I'd always buy horse magazines, they were very fond of Milton, so I had tons of pictures of him all around my bedroom.


                      • #12
                        Keen, He was sweetheart and a great dressage horse.


                        • #13
                          My altime favorite horse was Albany, that was when all I wanted to do was jumpers. I thought he was the greatest.
                          \"Horses do good things for us.\"


                          • #14
                            I loved Touch of Class, and Sunny's Halo and Gem Twist were other faves as well!


                            • #15
                              Gem Twist
                              If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.


                              • #16
                                Secretariat (I wasnt alive when he was racing though...just love the horse)
                                and Gem Twist.
                                When I was younger, I was pretty much obsessed with both, and their pictures filled my bedroom


                                • #17
                                  real horse...Nautical
                                  fictional horse...Flicka
                                  Nina's Story
                                  Epona Comm on FB


                                  • #18
                                    Hands down, Man o' War. I got the book when I was a kid and must have read it a thousand times. Still is my favorite racehorse


                                    • #19
                                      Secretariat - he was the greatest racehorse who ever lived, IMHO.


                                      • #20
                                        Flicka from My Friend Flicka. Black Beauty. All of the Misty books.

                                        Cigar was the first "real horse" that I was honestly obsessed with actually.