To Ka-Ching Or Not To Ka-Ching?
Together they spend almost the entire time going ... backwards. Around and around the turn-out pen they go. In reverse. Victor doesn't want to go forward, he wants to go backwards. Usually, horses hate to be backed up since they can't see what's behind them. This is obviously not a problem with Victor.
I guess now we know why Victor's racing career wasn't that successful, eh? It's hard to win a race if you're going in the opposite direction from the rest of the horses.
So, knitting fans, we are at a crossroads. What do we do with Victor? The girl who was training him is leaving my barn next week for a new job. This means I would need to send Victor off-site to a trainer. Generally you send your horse for a 30, 60 or 90 day period and the trainer works with him for an hour each day. Your horse also stays there, it's not like "school" where you see them off on the bus each morning and they come back at the end of the day. I've found one trainer who's worked with off track Thoroughbreds before. She offers a discount to any horses that came from the place I got Victor at. A discount of $350. When the discount is that much it makes me frightened to ask what the full price will be.
However, I'd really like a horse I can ride. Now that Victor is fattened up and his feet are good, do we send him back to Thoroughbred Friends in the hopes that someone who can train him will adopt him?
Or do I continue to pay board, buy supplements and put shoes on a very large pet?
Any horsey people out there with any wonderful advice? I hate making decisions like this.