SueC, she was. She's wasn't registered and only her dad is known, so she might have been only part-bred. [my gut says she was full, especially since she was bred in the 1980's when Arabs were "the thing", but who really knows]
Her dad's pedigree was chock full of old Polish "royalty" and other fun nuggets - she had a desert-bred Arab in there named "Bad" and her great-great-great grandfather was double registered as an Arabian first, then as a Tennessee Walker because of his natural gaits!
I'm so sorry for your loss.
The thing that's making it easier for me is that Lacey had many chronic illnesses [ERU (Moon Blindness), some arthritis/suspected ringbone, Insulin Resistance, allergies, etc] and, even though she had a wonderful attitude allllll the time+was comfortable, it's so nice to know that she's no longer in any pain at all. And she no longer needs a grazing muzzle!
She's eating whatever she wants and waiting for me to get up there in however many years I have.
And you know, this is a super sappy story so prepare yourself, when I was about 3 and on, my "imaginary friend" was a fleabitten gray Arabian mare.
She inhabited every bit of my make-believe everything. When my brother and I would play imaginary games, I was ALWAYS this horse. She was in my dreams and comforted me when I was sad.
Logically I knew this imaginary horse couldn't ever be real, but a big part of me hoped so much that she would be real.
Then I met Lacey and, after our first year together, I remembered this dream horse of mine. Everything about Lacey and this dream horse matched up.
Now I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but I think Lacey was part of my life for significantly longer than she as physically in my life.
And SueC, I think it's probably the same now. Our girls are physically gone from us, but they are 100% real and here in our hearts and minds. They aren't going to leave us completely...after all, they spent too much time training us!!
Lacey's rainbows have been everywhere still. Yesterday morning, around the time she passed away a week ago, I was up feeding the goats and the clouds opened to reveal a HUGE rainbow.
I don't even understand it.
I love that horse.