She secured his rescue and then contacted us and arranged to have him brought into the rescue for re-homing. Thank you Shaylene!
Enzo is a 2008 Standardbred gelding who stands approximately 16hh+. He was born in Red Deer, AB and registered as Complete Ensemble. He was purchased by a trainer in B.C. and brought over to race here. He last raced April 19 and earned $23,332 in his career, but was too slow to continue his racing career. He is a super sweet boy who loaded like a dream and is settling in great at our foster home.
I have known Enzo for approximately 1 month. He arrived at the farm where I board. He one day showed up in the pasture. The owner of my farm said that a friend had bought him to resell. Enzo was a kind soul and quite a character. He was put out in the couple acre pasture by himselft. At first you could tell he had no idea how to graze, lol. He wandered around not knowing what to do. He figured it out over time but, everyday would be there to greet me wandering why being a human, I was not attending to him. You could tell he wasn't used to being left alone to fend for himself. I would often wash my mare near the gate to his pasture. He would try so hard to get my attention. Bob his head up and down flapping his bottom lip, lol. I was like what is he doing? Then I noticed him pawing at the water that trickled into the field and he was sniffing at it. I was like do you want water?
I knew he had water but, he was just trying to tell me something I could tell. I gave him the dogs bucket and he slurped it dry. It was sunny that week and he had been in the heat for at least 5 days. OMG! I knew he had water, but he obviously didn't know where to find it. I lead him to the water bucket. You could tell the way he sniffed and snorted he had never seen the area before. So silly! He drank and drank.
After a week the other 3 geldings were put out with him. Even though he was the biggest he was the bottom of the herd. At first he had no clue and wondered why he was being bullied. He also didn't know where to go when getting chased. The first day he got beat up pretty good. All superficial, but you know. The next day you saw him being chased but, he now had it figured out. He would run into the middle of the pasture at full speed and do big circles. With his long stride he could outrun the head gelding no problem!
Enzo was always very gentle and sweet and loved human attention. He still never gave it back to any of the other geldings. He'd just simply run away if they decided to pick on him. He was a sweet gentle giant :) He was always sound when he ran around. I will miss his sweet kind face. I just couldn't see him go to slaughter when I first heard of it. Why, just because his racing career was over did he have to die?
My heart sank when I heard about it. He is a perfectly good horse that deserves a loving home now that his racing is over. I am so glad my best friend was able to find an alternative for him. We already have two horses each of our own that we have to pay board for so keeping him just wasn't an option.
The night I heard about where he was going to go I just couldn't look at him and I snuggled my horses like never before. Makes me so sad that so many race horses are just dumped after the fact. These people make money off these horses. Why can't they just take a little time and effort to try to find them a home? I can't believe that he is just one of many. Makes me so sad.
So happy though that Enzo, the kind soul, was given another chance. I hope to follow his progress! Thank you so much J & M for what you do!