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Success Story: Tricky Storm


trickyTricky Storm was one of our favorite horses here. A true racing “warrior,” he retired at age 10 with lifetime earnings of over $400K.

We wanted Tricky to find just the right home, with an owner who would appreciate his handsome looks, illustrious race career and sweet temperament. Recently, he was adopted by Leslie, a trail rider and all around horse lover in Georgia. When Tricky arrived at his new home, Leslie had this to say:

“Oh my gosh, Tricky is absolutely AMAZING and B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!! I still can’t believe he’s here!

A little recap of the day’s events: He was a perfect gentleman his entire ride over here and seemed to be in a bit of a hurry to get settled and unpacked in his new digs. He wasted no time digging into his hay and taking in his new surroundings. He was quick to make friends with a little two-year-old Paso Fino mare, and seemed to take note on which pasture she was hanging out in. After about an hour and a half, I guess the traveling got to him and he went down for the count!!

He’s all together too cute!! At one point, Tricky watched as I walked back and forth tending to another horse. He would making sure to whinny my direction as to say “Hey Lady… come back here and pay attention to me!!” And then a “Hey Lady, where does a horse get some food around here?” I do have a question for you… are you SURE he’s a TB?? He’s so docile and laid back… even after the long drive he just had and all the unfamiliar surroundings, he’s a cool customer!!

Today was such an awesome day!! Thank you soooooo much for making Tricky a part of my family!! I’m looking forward to the days ahead, and making lasting memories with him. He is truly a gift!”

We think Tricky has found the perfect home — and so does Leslie. Thank you, Leslie, for giving Tricky a second chance at a new career (and for appreciating him the way we do).

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