Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I think you're absolutely CRAZY for letting that EVIL horse get so close to your son! Did you see how he almost ate his head??
What a gorgeous horse. This is a true example of what can happen when a horse finds a person that will look past the stereotype and love it for the animal it is. I'm a firm believer that PEOPLE cause the stereotype... if all OTTBs are crazy, it's because they, themselves, had a horrible experience with one. When I was younger, I had a very bad experience with a Standardbred stallion - he was notoriously anxious and when I walked past his stall, he snaked his head toward me and grabbed me by the shoulder of my sweatshirt. When he made contact, he tried dragging me toward him. If that was my only experience with the breed, I'd assume all were horrible, evil horses. Luckily, I ended up working with Standardbreds and I found that he was the exception - the majority of the horses are very sweet and docile, even as 'hot' racehorses.
Kudos for seeing past the stereotype and allowing this lovely animal to flourish!