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I had a share in a pacer – or as many may refer to them, a Harness Horse or Standardbred. Anyway, he was a gelding so when he finished racing (won 5 races!) there was the question of what to do with him. None of the partners owned a property where he could retire and the trainer didn’t want to keep him. After much looking about we finally found a fabulous horse riding outfit that did beach rides. He had to get used to someone riding him of course, but now – 2 years later – he is one of the stars of the stable, so placid and tolerant of beginner riders. Am so glad we worked as hard as we did to find him a good home.
When I had a property a friend gave me a shetland pony that was proving too much of a handful for his grandchildren. “Rocket” was a really lovely pony, just had a strong will and was an absolute guts! I found him very useful on the property as he proved himself to be a great “baby-sitter. Any time one of the young thoroughbreds had to be separated from his mates for one reason or another, we would put Rocket in with it. They would mate up straight away and provided the feed bin was up high enough there was no problem! When we sold the property we had to find another home for him – he turned out to be a real ‘rocket’ in harness on the race track!