Ordinary chondrite L4, Found on April 6, 2015 in Clarendon, Texas
It is perhaps the only meteorite to ever be discovered by a horse. In addition, it happens to be one of the largest chondrites ever found in the United States.
Frank and DeeDee Hommel, owners of the lovely and housewarming Bar H Working Dude Ranch in Clarendon, went on a brief excursion with their horses about the countryside on April 6, 2015. Sometime along their ride, their horses “went crazy” when they encountered and sniffed a rather bizarre 760-pound rock a few acres away from the ranch. They, along with Aerolite Meteorites CEO Geoff Notkin, Aerolite Meteorites’ Christian Meza, and colleague Ruben Garcia (“Mr. Meteorite”) uncovered several more kilograms of fragments from the site. The main mass now resides at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth where it will be displayed to thousands of visitor about how close to home one of the most remarkable marvels of the solar system came to be.
Be sure to check out our Meteorite Minute and Minelab Promo videos featuring the Clarendon (c) meteorite!