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Alyssa Hammond spent hours on end in a Texas equine hospital with her stricken Thoroughbred Tough West.

After big life loss, she gives all to save her t’bred

Wisp thin but strong, 19-year-old Alyssa Hammond toughened up early in life. Just 11-years-old when she lost her father Scott to brain cancer, the young Texas girl turned to horses to shore up her defenses. As she pressed on with her education, and other obligations, grief that could rush at her with dizzying force, could also be out run with the help of a red dun Quarter Horse named Will; the first of three she would treasure and love. On him she flew over fields and ditches as she embraced the Eventing discipline. And at school where she excelled in […]