With all the news of the BLM round ups, horsemeat found in Europe once again… we need an uplifting story to bring us back to why horses are so special. Here is the story of Graphite, the horse of young Claire Davis whose life was cut short too young…and how Graphite has helped her best friend heal. ~ HfH
From: USA Today
By: Elissa Koehl
was tragically shot and killed during a shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado. Since then, her family and friends have worked to cope with the loss of the 17-year-old.
One thing getting them through is Claire’s horse, Graphite.
“She loved him with all her heart. She would make cards and pictures of him,” says her mom Desiree Davis.
The family faced a big dilemma: What to do with Graphite now that Claire was gone? The answer turned out to be simpler than they imagined.
Erica Blair was the new kid in town when Claire befriended her on the first day of school.
“She made me feel included, which was really, really special,” says Blair.
Over time, they discovered their mutual love of horses. Both friends competed in riding competitions and often wished their horses could be housed in the same barn.
After she lost her best friend, Blair was hit with another blow. Her horse was sick and needed surgery. At a loss, she reached out to Claire’s mother who offered the perfect solution: Blair should ride Claire’s horse.