Everybody loves a grey horse! Fastest placement ever. Tracks have folks that come in and try and save the racehorses from the unfortunately, all too possible, terrible demise of the slaughter pens. It's an unfortunate reality. These placement folks take some pictures, post a quick 30 second video, and hopefully send the horse off to a softer landing. With all the buzz around race horses and their athleticism for new careers lately it's 'working'. That is depending on your definition of 'working'. Some go to forever homes. Some go to homes where they become yard ornaments. Some find homes with people who think it's fun to own a pony. Some go to homes to be retrained and sold, hoping to make a buck- and you find all kinds of folks in that category. That's where CoCo's first landing was. We got her a week later.
When she stepped off the trailer we weren't sure we would make it to the picture you see at the left. We weren't even sure exactly what was wrong. What we did know was that her back end wasn't right. One side was higher than the other- not what you want to find in a hopeful career showjumping ahead. What we found out with a couple of quick phone calls was that she had an accident as a two year old. She flipped over on a walker, but had raced well and soundly since. We got lucky. But, if we hadn't we would have changed our expectations and given her a new career in what she was in need of.
Update: CoCo showed us her jumping talent and love for the spotlight. She's moved on to a jumping career in Houston with a lovely teen girl who was in need of her first real horse! We are so happy for her and wish her the best of luck!