New Stride has found homes for over 140 horses since 2002, the majority of which raced at Hastings Racecourse. In 2015, we adopted out 12 horses who are now thriving in their new home environments (New Stride cares for and retrains up to 12 horses at one time). Sharing each horse’s success story is one of the best parts of this process, as each experiences a very different and unique journey through rehabilitation, re-training and in finding new homes and new careers.
Read a little bit more about two of our recent graduates – Ti Amo Dora and Willie Katchem.
Ti Amo Dora
Laura, a mixed animal veterinarian living in Pemberton, BC, adopted Dora at the end of August 2015. A lover of the Thoroughbred breed, she kept her eye on the New Stride website and contacted us as soon as Dora’s profile was posted. It has been a match made in heaven. In Laura’s words, “Dora is sensible, gorgeous, has a lot of ‘try’, and has a lovely personality.”
In month one, Laura introduced Dora to her new home and surroundings by first riding on their property, to quickly moving to rides down the road, to an outdoor ring…with and without companions! Consistently showing how brave she is (passing by barking dogs, bikes and traffic), Laura decided to haul Dora to a neighbour’s property for a cross country ride…it was a very successful first outing and they’ve done many trail rides since!
Dora will spook at the odd cow bell now and again, but handles the situations with ease by stopping to assess what’s happened and proceeding onwards when asked. She is amazing.
Laura and Dora recently had their first lesson together, and have big jumping dreams for the near future!
Sarah adopted Willie from New Stride in March of 2012. He was the complete opposite of what she was looking for – green, nervous, and not very brave, but they embraced the opportunity to learn together. Having never ridden a green horse, Sarah had the support of her wonderful friend and coach when feeling lost and frustrated, but can look back now with a laugh as she recalls the “adventure” it was to teach Willie to jump!
In addition to jumping, Sarah and Willie started taking weekly dressage lessons and heading out on trail rides, which was actually the easiest thing for Willie to adjust to…except for those pesky puddles! A lot of hand walking through water jumps has since taken place…
“We’ve had our share of setbacks, but Willie continues to amaze me with how far he’s come and how much he has grown up,” says Sarah. “My shy nervous Thoroughbred is now curious and confidant.”