There’s a place in my heart reserved for thoroughbreds. And a little piece of my heart breaks every time I think of the thoroughbreds that won’t have a life after the track. I wish I had a home for them all.
On Sunday, October 23rd, from 9am till noon, the Sixth Annual Suffolk Showcase is taking place at Boston’s Suffolk Downs, which is closing for the season on November 5th. The good people from CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) will be there to introduce you to the current crop of beauties on the backstretch.
To my way of thinking, there’s nothing as beautiful as a grey thoroughbred, and Chief Picolo is a perfect example of why. Seven years old, 17 hands, sound and gorgeous (if you’ve ever wondered what they’re talking about when they compliment a horse’s “dry hocks,” take a look at Chief’s):
And if you’re looking for a now-and-forever husband horse, how about “Little Blow Heart?” He’s laid back, 16.3h, 3 years old and a real “package” (how can you not love a horse that’s put together like this?):
Oh you trail riders (or hunter/jumpers) who want a horse who is a “1” (very quiet) on a temperament on a scale of 1-10? Here she is: Fiona! She loves to trail ride and she’s had 6 months of jumping training. All that’s left is for someone to enjoy her.
Here’s Sky Cup — the perfect match for a petite rider, 15.2h, 7 years old, with a lovely expression, the cutest ears (the kind Linda Tellington Jones considers a mark of intelligence), a long, sloping shoulder and a big stride (bonus prize!):
There are more wonderful prospects on the CANTER site, and they’re all over the country. If you don’t think you could take on an OTTB without help, remember that there are professionals out there to help you transition your thoroughbred to a life beyond the backstretch. Thoroughbreds are such quick learners, that you can have a safe and enjoyable partner pronto. Plus, you’ll have a horse that isn’t fazed by bright lights, heavy equipment or cheers — and you’ll get plenty of those.
CANTER NE said:
Thank you so much for the feature, Katie. We’re so excited to see such great prospects available and hope that everyone can come out, or at the very least spread the word and encourage others to come.
What beauties! I wish Sam were older and able to take one on!! I dearly hope good homes are found for all.
Liz – I have this feeling that there’s a great thoroughbred in Sam’s future. She’s an incredibly sensitive rider, light in the saddle, understanding and communicative. Everything most OTTBs love! When she’s ready, there will be a thoroughbred ready for her.
Wow, that Sky Cup is a looker! Personally I’m all about the 15 hand and under horses myself, they just feel more in sync with their bodies to me.