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post #1 of 20 Old 08-26-2009, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question Your Favourite Horse?

Your horse? A friend's horse? A famous horse? Is there a horse, living or gone, that is your favourite of all time (so far)? A horse whose memory makes you smile...or cry...

Mine is John Henry, the small, Kentucky born, humbly-bred, plain, crabby-to-the-end, throroughbred gelding who raced mostly in California until his tenth year! He died at the age of 32 at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2007. He overcame being passed around and so much more in his younger days to eventually become the highest earning gelding of all time (6-1/2 million in winnings). I think that only Cigar (a stallion) earned more.

He'd lived for 22 years at the Horse Park, where he was stalled in the Hall Of Champions, and he was much admired and much loved. His special treat was donuts! Sometimes you'd see him playing in his paddock, giving the other horses dirty looks. Other times you'd see him trying to stare down Cigar whose stall was across from his.

I was sooooo surprised to find him when I moved to Kentucky, assuming that he had passed away many years ago. But there he was! He was quite famous for his bad temper. But if I stood very still and very quietly in front of the bars of his stall, curiousity would eventually get the better of him and he would come over, lift his nose up to the bars, and say a brief, snorting hello...and I do mean brief!

I attended his funeral a the Kentucky Horse Park along with about 500 people from all over North America. There was music and flowers along with many tears. You can visit his grave which is located in a place of honour at the entrance to the Hall Of Champions, where his statue will greet you.

I also attended Eight Belle's and Barbaro's "funerals" at Churchill Downs, but John Henry's funeral was not only the largest, but the most touching. He was so very much loved by so many.

I miss you, John.
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-27-2009, 05:24 PM
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It's cool that you attended Eight Belle's and Babaro's funerals.

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post #3 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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horsechick139, here's a pic of Barbaro's magnificent statue at the main entrance to Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. It was unveiled during his "funeral", and many of us teared up when they started to play "My Old Kentucky Home", the song that was playing the day Barbaro made his way to the starting gait before he went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Barbaro's ashes were laid to rest at the base of this statue. The artist, owners, and vet were all there, along with many others who loved Barbaro.


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Eight Belles was buried in traditional racehorse style, in an area behind the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs. The area is pretty and green with many flowers, and contains the graves of other famous thoroughbreds.

There was "standing room only" left by the time we got to her "funeral". A bell-ringers group played songs to honour Eight Belles.

Her grave stone is engraved with a poem:

She will live in our hearts
The magnificent steel gray
Who gave us her all
The first Saturday in May
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post #5 of 20 Old 08-28-2009, 03:32 PM
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my favorite horse tha I know is Zebs Suager Leo RG (Hercules) my current gelding, I realy like my marebut he is a better riding horse

my favorite famous horse would be the Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy) a great cutting horse and using horse.

I also like Bartender, he had a repuation of a good solid working man's horse.

A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

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my favorite famous horse would be the Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy) a great cutting horse and using horse.


Good looking horse.
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My favorite horse is a horse I only knew for about 3 months. I still miss him.
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post #8 of 20 Old 08-29-2009, 11:16 AM
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My favorite horse is my TB, of course. I wouldn't trade him for the best racehorse in the world.

I do love Ruffian, Barbaro, and Eight Belles. I have a soft spot for racehorses. But I think my favorite stallion of all time is Fandango Del Sol, a non-fading black Andalusian. I've seen him in real life several times, and he's always a perfect gentleman. And gorgeous.

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My favorite horse will always be Samson. He may have been the biggest butt-head alive but I loved him dearly for it.
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But I think my favorite stallion of all time is Fandango Del Sol, a non-fading black Andalusian. I've seen him in real life several times, and he's always a perfect gentleman. And gorgeous.


He is beautiful!
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