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Life-Changing Friendships

July 2018 by Cristina Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief, Horses and People Magazine

On our cover this month, a photo by Olya Tutova from 42beats of Lisa Drayton with Sam, the 16-year-old Friesian Warmblood she’s owned for 10 years and his new best friend, Gracie, who needed a forever home and is keeping Sam company since his buddy, Libby, passed away some months ago.

Lisa says Sam was devastated when Libby, who had been with him for eight years, had to be euthanised, due to old age health complications. “You couldn’t describe Sam in any other way but grieving, depressed and really lonely,” says Lisa. “He wasn’t interacting with any other horses and just wasn’t himself. So, I thought that, maybe, Gracie, would be a good companion for him, to cheer him up a bit. It was love at first sight, quite adorable really”.