A few weeks ago my 34 year old horse was unwell. My friend S who runs an equine rescue charity came to give him the necessary injections. After the treatment S took a photo of me with my horse and posted it on her rescue charity FB page.
About an hour's drive from here D saw the photo and immediately recognised my horse. D last saw him in 2002 and didn't even know he was in France. D only moved to France 3 years ago and met S via the network of rescue. In the UK D had had a horse at the same yard where my horse was on full livery and where a young woman V looked after his daily needs (I was a full-time carer at the time). D and I made contact and she told me that in two weeks V was to come from the UK on her first visit to France.
Last weekend D and V came to see my boy for the first time in 20 years and swore he hadn't changed. (They said that about me too, but they were clearly just being kind!). I couldn't believe that D had instantly recognised him from the FB photo. What makes him so unmistakable is that he has part Akhal Teke breeding and has inherited the breed's unique metallic sheen which makes an otherwise ordinary chestnut coat gleam like spun gold.
I wonder what the odds were of this incredible chain of events. We've known of many coincidences since moving to France, but this took the biscuit. I wish I could post the photo but I'm useless at doing that.
pcpa - It's highly unlikely. When we went to the paddock I took feed buckets with us so his focus was entirely on eating! Over the years prior to coming to France 18 years ago Misha was on several different yards and would have been handled by dozens of different people, so it's not likely he would remember them all - if any. He was only on that yard and under V's care for 6 months. There was no doubting from V's reactions though that she held very fond and special memories of him. She had a mare at the time who was turned out during the day with Misha. She once saw Misha mount and penetrate her mare (there was some question as to whether Misha might be riggy ............ ie not fully gelded). She had got very excited over the prospect of Morning bearing a baby Misha!! Unfortunately that never happened.