Star carried David on their first trail ride in 2008.

Star of the Bar had been shipped to an auction to be sold in Washington State. David, who was visiting friends, attended the auction and helped bring back four horses!

Eventually, the family purchasing Star lost interest in her so David took over lifetime care of Star. Patriot and Indy joined Star in the herd until time for David to return to Alabama. When David, Patriot, and Indy traveled across the USA back home to Alabama, Star stayed behind because grandparents wanted Star to be the fourth horse for family riding to help two young  girls heal after their mother died. They promised to call when Star needed a new home.  They called.

The grandmother called when the grandfather became ill with Parkinson’s Disease. David and Cowgirl drove truck and trailer 5,000 miles round trip to northern Washington State to bring Star to “Sweet Home Alabama” in 2015.

Star, Patriot, and Indy reunited and returned to old roles. Even though Indy had become bigger and stronger than Star, he returned to treating her with respect as his adoptive mare.


5000 Miles to Bring My Horse to Sweet Home Alabama by Dr. David Dyson