Tears flow as I write a tribute that I know can never measure up to the great horse King owned by my dear friend Kim Abernathy. King passed away last week at the age of 25.
I’ve started and then erased this post many times now as the words I put down just feel flat compared to the respect I sincerely have for a horse that has touched and changed the lives of so many people.
I’ll try instead with an open letter to King.himself.
I hope wherever you are you are as happy as you have made so many people while you were here with us. Kim’s facebook page is full of posts with pictures of you from people that have loved you and learned from you for so many years. You were a loyal friend to Kim and helped her become the amazing teacher she is today. You gave Lauren your all and gave her the foundation to be the beautiful rider and trainer that she has become. As you grew older you patiently and lovingly helped countless kids learn not only to ride but how to love and respect animals in a way that people can’t teach them. Please know that you were truly a King among horses and everyone that had the pleasure to have known you is richer for it. Rest peacefully my friend.
Much love- Suzanne