Does this mare by any chance have a rocking "s" brand on her right hip? I usually dont post on the boards, but I just read your story and then after looked at her picture. I had a mare I bought as a two year old, in massachusetts, that is identical to this mare. I have been searching for her, for the past 3 years, after I caught wind her "good home" sent her to a local auction barn. Im sorry to have hijacked your post, if this isn't her, and after reading your post, you are making the best decision for her.