Off-track Thoroughbreds have long been heralded as excellent hunter/jumper or eventing prospects–even polo ponies and therapy horses—but it turns out they have “cow sense” too. Dale Simanton, one of the 26 trainers participating in the Retired Racehorse Retraining Project, says that Thoroughbreds can be great at ranch work.
Simanton, whose Gate to Great program routinely prepares OTTBs for life on the range, is working with Drake's Dancer (aka “Duck”) for the project. Duck, who made his last start in March, met cattle for the first time last week. Not only was Duck undeterred by the group of roping steers, he instinctively cut one out of the herd within nine seconds.
The Retired Racehorse Retraining Project pairs 26 trainers and horses for a summer-long “makeover” designed to increase the demand for off-track racehorses.
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