Two horses that worked out and are worth their weight in gold were an Andalusian gelding and an older OTTB. The Andalusian quickly became Ranch Boy's mom's favorite riding horse (she doesn't ride often) and top dog within the herd. As a former dressage mount and just a big powerful horse up front he has a lot of forward motion and super fun to canter!
The OTTB arrived last spring. In his younger years he had won something like $200,000 racing on the track then went on to do eventing. He has a fancy show name but quickly earned the nickname "Bean"- short for "string bean" because he's so tall and lanky. Here are some photos from his early show days.
Here he is now as a ranch horse with Ranch Boy's 8 yr. old daughter in the stirrups getting ready for a group trail ride. She canters him all around the arena, too!
Bean's former owner has come back to visit and give him carrots. I'm sure it pleases her to know that he gets to live a laid back retirement lifestyle that puts smiles on kid's faces. It's hard to imagine that this once energetic, competitive race and show horse is now a kid babysitter!