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?