Apparently, Charlie was one of her favorites and Alicia has always wondered what happened to him. He was her first lay-up (he was injured as a 3 year old) and the first horse she ever breezed. We've exchanged a couple of emails since the first one as well as a few pictures and I am so tickled Charlie has his own little fan club. I now know why he's so well-behaved on the ground and so sweet to be around - he's had excellent care his whole life provided by people who truly love him.
Taken I'm assuming when he was at Alicia's for rehab. He had stress fractures in both hind legs due being 17hh as a 3 yr old and his big body just couldn't handle the race training. The vets told the owners he probably wouldn't ever race but would most likely be sound enough for a second career. Alicia was going to re-train for a riding career once healed. But he came back from his lay-up so well, a second trip to the vet confirmed he could go back into race training and "see what happened." He never took another lame step.
Pony friend! You can see just how freaking big he really is here!
After his win. Since he was never expected to make it to the track to begin with, his owners wanted him to retire sound and pulled him off the track after he broke his maiden. Can we say a prayer for kind and thoughtful owners? They often get overlooked because we're too busy talking about the despicable ones.
Alicia is going to try and dig out some more training pictures and send them my way. Yay! I'm going to send her updates because she likes to keep up with their former horses. Double yay! Maybe someday, we'll get to have a reunion. At some point, Charlie and I will be in her neck of the woods and I would love to meet the folks who took such good care of him before he got to me.