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The way horses were meant to be recycled

Originally Published: August 5, 2003
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

The trainer won't say she saved the horse. Ask Heather Carlson about Summer Halo, and her conversation swings almost directly toward Exceller Farms and Michelle Oren, the woman who may well have prevented the injured thoroughbred from heading to the slaughterhouse.

And Oren, in turn, won't say it. When she talks about Halo Summer, she speaks quickly of Carlson's patient, magic touch in taking a former racehorse and essentially re-training it to a second existence as an event performer.

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