When Sugar was 13 years old, living in Texas, she got a yearling Appaloosa gelding which she named Apache.
She trained Apache and competed in barrel racing at local rodeos. She used him when she was a rodeo queen contestant and rode in parades. She taught him tricks — bowing, counting, smiling and more. She taught him to come when called by name. (This literary technique is called foreshadowing).
It was sad for Sugar to sell Apache when she was a freshman in college, but it was not practical to take Apache to school with her. Apache was four or five years old by then I calculate.
Years later, maybe six, when Sugar was out of college, she and her father drove past a place in Texas and she noticed an Appaloosa horse in the pasture. She told her Dad that she thought it was Apache. He doubted it, but…
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