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    08-02-2008, 04:14 AM
How to find a former horse

Hi -- I just joined today, and I have a really specific topic.

I'm looking for a horse that I didn't own, but that I cared for about eight years ago. He was sold, and I periodically try to track him down, but with no luck ... at least yet!

Because he wasn't my horse, I didn't even know his real registered name ... or in fact his real age. I do know that his owner called him "Justin Time", he was between three and five years old in the year 2000, and he was a bright chestnut ex-racing Thoroughbred marked like Secretariat with three tall stockings and a white stripe on his face. At the time I knew him, he was stabled in northwestern PA, at a hunter-jumper barn.
I remember him because he was such a sweet, gentle, happy, and beautiful animal; although he was very green-broke, he had a ton of heart and loved to jump! At the time, I was just a young teenager and he was too much horse for me, but if I had been the rider I am now, I would have found a way to buy him.

I know this is a complete needle in a haystack, but I just want to find out if he got a home that loves and cares for him. I believe the owner was selling him for a higher price (much, much more than auction price), so I doubt he went to slaughter, but the idea still haunts me just a little.

Since it's such a long shot, I won't even ask if anyone knows of this horse ... but barring that, could you tell me if this is a good place to try this kind of search?


- Laura
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    08-02-2008, 04:40 PM
If you look on all breed pedigree .com there is a thoroughbred gelding that shows up in a search called, Just In Time, who was foaled in 1995. That could be your guy.
    08-02-2008, 09:31 PM
Aw, thank you! I did see that, and followed up on him ...
And it turns out that he is a bay steeplechase horse in Ireland. I think he actually races tomorrow, in fact.
    08-03-2008, 12:38 AM
Awww, that's to bad. How cool would that be if it were him? Anyway, you could put posts up on craigslist in the areas you think he might be. I wish you luck finding him!
    08-03-2008, 09:47 PM
This is an obvious question but.....Have you tried contacting the owner that you knew at the time? Find out who they sold him to & work your way forward. It would be a long, tedious process to search this way but it could pay off in the end. Good luck with your search.

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