The A&A blogging team have been on a hiatus but we are back! COVID-19 has certainly thrown a spanner in the works and no one could have predicted how 2020 has turned out. Luckily we have awesome customers who continue to support our small business and we are grateful for your ongoing support. THANK YOU!
A few good things have come from working from home. We get to spend quality time with our fur-kids and many of us have been able to spend more time riding our horses instead of commuting to work.
As you know, we love off-the-track horses at A&A and we couldn't pass up on the opportunity to work with Beyond Racing, an Australian registered charity focused on retraining retired racehorses to give them a second chance in life. For our first Stable Talk back, we have decided to interview Royal Spinner - he is a retired racehorse looking for his new forever home after completing 5 months of re-training.
Tell us about your racing career as Royal Spinner. Did you have much success as a racehorse?
I might not be very tall but I was very fast. I also love winning. I had a successful racing career winning over $150,000 for my owners.
What excursions have you and Lou done together so far?
Since my re-training began we have done a lot! Although there has been no competition this year, we manage to squeeze in two cross-country clinics and also an eventing squad training at Werribee. I have been ridden around the cattle at home, and out for a ride on the roads with my paddock neighbour, Eddie.
What are your future aspirations?
I am looking forward to a life after racing. Lou tells me I am now ready to find my new forever home. I would love to go to a home where I have a job! I love jumping but don't mind having fun doing a mix of things. I am quite brave and like new challenges. I would be happy chasing cows, going to pony club, riding on the beach and pretty much doing anything and everything.
What are you looking for in your new home?
As I am not a big horse I would like to find a new home with a smaller adult or a teenager. Lou tells me I am very responsive so I am best suited to a rider with an independent seat who has reasonable balance and doesn’t mind a horse with a bit of zing. I am definitely not a plodder. I have very good manners and don't have any nasty behaviour.
Do you have any strange quirks?
My eyes don't look symmetrical when you look at me. My eyesight is perfect but I was born with a missing cartilage over one of my eyes. I may not win a beauty contest but I am still pretty cute.
What are your favourite things in the world?
Feed time, rubbing my face when my bridle is taken off, and going out for a hack with my paddock neighbour, Eddie.
How would you describe your personality?
I like to be busy. I walk fast, I eat fast (so Sailor doesn’t get my food) I think fast, I am very quick and nimble. I like other horses, and I like people. My life as a racehorse has been pretty good to me and I have been taught to have good manners.
Name three things that make you happy.
Being fed, having my friends in the paddock, going cross country schooling!
Would you rather be sleeping or eating?
Eating of course! Who doesn't want to eat?
If you are interested in meeting Royal Spinner, or would like to find out more information about adopting this lovely boy, please check out www.beyondracing.org.au under "Available Horses".