She was shipped a few hours East without a meeting based on our assessment and discussions and arrived home to her new primary caretaker, who believe it or not, is a tiny 8 year old girl by the name of Em.
They have had an amazing two months together so far and every time I see pictures of the two of them, it just warms my heart. Check out their story so far, and find out what it is that make Standardbred's such an amazing breed and wonderful family horse.
My little cousin Emilie is an amazing little girl with a great story. She's always loved my horses and started taking lessons from me when she was 6. After a little while her parents decided to get a pony for her. We went out and looked at one he was very sweet and said to be about 19-20, we brought him home and he was Em's!
He was a very stuborn little guy and gave Emilie a hard time but she loved him anyway, they were great on a lead line and did w/t/c she was never confident enough to get off the line. When she did he would pull the reins out of her hands and put his head down out of reach.
They were quite the pair, his attitude was hard to bear for a little girl but she pushed through and tried and tried again with him.
After only a few months of having Billy, we realized he was definitely not 19, and more likely about 28-30 and he started to get slow and was lying down frequently and didn't want to get up. He wasn't colicy, just slowing down with his old age. August 26th Billy passed away in his sleep. He went quietly and peacefully.
Shocked that she was so excited to climb aboard and was not nervous at all, I watched as Em got on her new partner and walked around. Only a few rides later she was off the line and walking around - something I thought would take months!
Now just a mere two months later she and Delilah are off the line trotting barrels and over jumps. There first rodeo is May long weekend!
This his is what Em has to say about her new best friend (her words):
"Well, she gave me another year to ride because Billys gone, she's gonna be here for a long time. She's protected me from being scrambled by the horses in the pasture. As I get older I know she's always gonna be beside me and love me with all
This horse has changed my cousins life, in an amazing way. She is the best horse, calm, smart and gentle. Standardbreds are definitely a family horse. Delilah lowers her head to Em's level to put a halter or bridle on, to get her forelock brushed and when she's being led by Em. The bond between those two is something I've only seen in movies.
If you're still not convinced, check out our article, Why Adopt a Standardbred?