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Last night when I went to feed, my heart (and the 30 pounds of hay I carried) hit the ground. The second my eyes made contact with my Hanoverian, Marathon, the reptilian part of my brain knew something was very wrong.

Marathon stood at his gate, pawing and nervous. I scanned his body, starting with his legs and moving to his belly, back, and neck, finding nothing wrong. With Marathon accounted for I moved my gaze to the adjoining paddock. By then, the rest of my brain kicked in, and I realized my Quarter Horse, Jack, was gone. Vanished

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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