There’snotmuchIcansayaboutExpowithouttears.Hewasmybestfriend,myconfident,theoneIwenttowhentimeswere verytough.WeweredefraudedbyRealtorsandlostourranch.Wehadtochoosebetweensendingourhorsestoauction (wherekillerswerejustwaitingforsuchfiresales),orwalkingawayfromourlife’ssavingstiedupintheproperty---nocontest. Throughitall,Explodentwasmyinspiration.Hewasinconstantpainwithhismanagedchroniclaminitisyetnevercomplained-- found joy in his mares and offspring in pasture with him -- and love with our family. IarrivedhomeearlyfromworkonedayonlytofindmyyoungdaughterandExpoasleepinhispasturewithJessie’shead restingonhisneck.Iapproachedquietlywithtrepidation--Ididn’tknowwhathewoulddoifoneofhismarescameuptothem. IquietlyaskedJessietocomeout.SheandExposatupandshecouldnotseeanyurgency.JustthenoneofExpo’smares cameupandheyelledather--asiftosay,“Ibreedyouyetthisismybestfriendhere.Goaway!”Totallyamazing,yethewas an amazing friend. I find comfort in having his wonderful son, Solstar, who has the same gentle and kind disposition..
Explodent, a great sire and a greater friend
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A beautiful soul,A wonderful friend,You never asked for much,Just love and respect(And a mare in your field),You were my support,My crutch.You helped me faceTimes dismal and darkAnd never complainedOf your pain.You showed me howTo accept one's fateWith nary remorsenor blame.I miss you old friendAnd from time to timeI remember the tearsthat we shedAnd imagine your nicker,Come 'cross the fieldWhen I'm laying awakeIn my bed.