OK, kids, would you not say that these two horses look alike?!
One is our weanling Appaloosa, Smitty. One is--well, just wait until you hear this story. (And, hint: Smitty's the one in the halter.)
A picture of Smitty, and my account of his background, appears in my column for November '09 issue of Horse & Rider. Cindy Clapsaddle, a reader in North Fort Meyers, Florida, saw the picture and thought, "Hey--that Appaloosa looks a lot like ours!"
Then Cindy recognized a name in the column, that of Gail Smith--my sister-in-law. And at that point, she realized that her Appaloosa, a filly named Dorie, and our Appaloosa, Smitty, are half-siblings!
They both were sired by An Awesome Secret, a stallion raised by Gail, my brother Mark, and their partner Dave.
It's too bad that Cindy and I are at opposite corners of the country, because I do believe we have a matched pair. Imagine them as a driving pair--now THAT would be fancy!