Horse & Hound

LIFE AFTER RACING

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INSTEAD of being turned away to retirement, many ex-racehorses now have the chance of a new life (Ex-racehorse special, 1 October). However, thoroughbr­eds don’t always adapt how you’d hope.

I had a point-to-pointer who I rode in the Town Plate and everyone wondered how I got to the start without being run away with – but he did manage seventh out of 27. He was never going to be a sensible ride in any job, so he lorded it on the yard, loose, rugged up, stable door open, taking in all that went on until the age of 29.

We were given another horse, dangerous to ride and in the stable. But after a lot of TLC, he was going clear-round jumping and he affiliated at the age of 13!

And not forgetting the 15hh mare who won as a show hunter pony, working hunter pony, hack, small hunter and showjumper. I loved them all – such characters!

Sarah Colley Sudbury, Suffolk

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