So 11yrs ago I lost a good buddy to some unforeseen circumstances. It's taken alot of work to keep track of his whereabouts, but I swore one day I would get him back. Monday was that day. Bear is now a 14yr old stud, and has been used in registered AQHA herds since we sold him in 2002. He hadn't been ridden in 6 years, until I hauled him to the new place in Rock Creek, BC. Put a blanket on him, a halter and 2 lead ropes. In 5 minutes he remembered everything like an old 4-H pony.
He was always the most gentle natured easy going stud anyone had ever seen. Most people never knew he was a stud until we told them, and it's nice to see he hasn't changed.
There's 2 dates in time they'll carve on your stone, and everyone knows what they mean.
But what's more important is the time that is known, as that little dash there in between.