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be­cause they aren’t in it.

The key to un­der­stand­ing th­ese stages is that we ex­pe­ri­ence them in a non­lin­ear se­quence. You will jump around from stage to stage, mostly be­tween de­pres­sion and anger. The key is to os­cil­late—be sad but then be happy about some­thing else.

Ta­hari out­lived his lit­tle, tired body for years and it was only be­cause he had the hap­pi­est, most joy­ful spirit I have ever known.

At first, I called him the equine dodo bird be­cause he was so goofy and sim­ple. As I got to know him and grew to love him deeply, his smarts and abil­ity to di­rect things be­came more and more im­pres­sive.

He taught me about colic, for sure, and his lessons have saved many horses in my care over the years. But mostly, he taught me about joy. He was joy­ful for the sake of be­ing joy­ful. He didn’t need a rea­son to be happy—he was alive and that was enough for him.

Even though he failed at the track, he loved to run. He would run and run and “buzz the tower,” mean­ing he would gal­lop to­ward you, veer at the last minute and seem to sling shot around to the other di­rec­tion and then rear up in tri­umph. Ta­hari made me laugh every sin­gle day. To­day and prob­a­bly for many days, he will make me cry—but it’s a wor­thy trade for hav­ing him in my heart.

Cana­dian Jacquie Brooks salutes the crowd af­ter her per­for­mance on D Niro at Dres­sage at Devon 2016.

Jenny Susser wel­comed Ta­hari, a flea-bit­ten off-the-track Thor­ough­bred, into her life nine years ago. He had a history of colic is­sues, but full-time turnout with Susser’s An­dalu­sian, Roble, as his pas­ture­mate al­lowed him to joy­fully live out the rest...

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