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The best ride I ever had on my beloved, once-in-a-lifetime gelding was also our last, although I didn't know it at the time.

A group of us had decided to do a Poker Ride in November 2006. The day was chilly and blustery, which made it perfect for a long ride in the woods. I was also with 3 of my best friends, which made it even better.

Conny was perfect that day. Even the black cows (normally good for a spook) out in one of the fields we rode through just got an ear cock and a good, long look. He even took the tarp waving on a branch with no more than a sideways glance.

Cantering up and down hills, through water, and taking each obstacle like a champ. I was having a glorious time.

One of the drag riders approached me near the end of the ride and said, "That's an Arabian, right? I have to tell you, that's the sanest, most level headed horse I've ever seen."

That totally made my day, because he was on a QH and had been heard saying at the start of the ride, "Look, Arabians. Bet there's going to be some fireworks!"

I'll never forget that ride. It will always stand out in my mind as one of the best times I've ever had, even though I had plenty of wonderful rides on that horse the 21 years I had him.

I'm glad I have that memory, because 8 months later that little bay gelding was put to rest. I will miss him forever, but that last ride we had will always gleam in my mind like a beacon.
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