Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Homes: Found and Wanted

I haven't said anything about what is going on with horse racing in Ontario right now, and it's not something I plan to  really get into on this blog.  Suffice to say it is in a state of transition.  With the changes, a lot of people, and horses, are going to be out of work.

The thing with racing is, there are always horses looking for new homes.  Not all owners are set up with a big farm where their horses can live out their days once they've been retired from the track, so they place them in new homes.  Many ex-racehorses can have second careers.  We have been fortunate to find great homes for the UnStable  gang that have been in this position.  First of the homebreds (well, not including Gracie, who I snagged for myself!), is Billy, Gracie's foal buddy.  Billy is now known as Parker, and is living in Napanee, Ontario.  His new owner has a blog, so hopefully we'll be following Billy's future as an eventer!

Now we are looking for a home for Maria, who was Peaker's weaning buddy in 2007.  Maria is now a 5 year old, and came back to my farm last winter after she sustained a pelvic fracture in a pasture accident.  She has recovered amazingly well, but the owners have decided it would be too much of a risk to breed her (as was the plan) and would like to find a companion/light riding home for her.  Her gait is a bit altered from the injury, which is no surprise, but if she's in pain, she's not letting on!  She feels good and with the cooler weather has been showing off, running and leaping and generally causing concern for her pasture mate.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in giving this lovely mare a home, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Just in case you're pining for some artwork....pop over to my Facebook page for my Virtual Studio Tour.  Each day I'm adding a new original to the album, with special pricing for the month of November.  Hope you'll check it out!


Elizabeth McCrindle said...

I'm a real sucker for a happy ever after story so I'm thrilled Billy Parker (smile!) has found his forever home. Keeping everything crossed for Maria.....

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Elizabeth!