Perhaps this will help clear up what is meant by "companion" horse... This is Fort William aka Slew Baby. Since I've been having health issues this month, he comes to the door to check on me & then stands by my chair napping... He truly is an angel!!! Thank all of RMR for this blessing aka "companion"!!!
This beloved child has been my care for only 4 mos & has chosen to take care of me in ways I would have never thought of, but he just knows where he needs to be & what he needs to do to help me. I've used him to lean on for the balance & weakness issues I now have & he is just there. When I feed the other stock he follows truck, ATV or tractor, helps me thru gates, he keeps the cows away from me & my dogs guard the gates. He'll get b/t me & my bull & pin his ears & bob his nose at the bull to keep my "space" safe. He doesn't eat the feed I put out for the other horses & cows, he follows me back to the yard, I put out his feed by the barn & he always walks me to the house before going back to his feed. He knocks at the door to be let in, or just comes in if the door is open & naps by my chair & nuzzles me. We were watching TV w/a trainer retraining OTTR, the trainer went on about how they need to be trained to back, I couldn't help but laugh as reverse is not a problem for Slew, he backs out of the house several times a day!!! LOL If you have the time & place for one of these horses, give them a chance - you will be rewarded heaven-fold for the rest of their days!!! ~Angela James
Companion Only Horses
Some retired racehorses can not be rehabilitated and retrained to be riding horses. These special horses still live very happy lives, just need a little extra love and care. They can bring so much joy and build special bonds with their owners. Many of these horses are used for new therapies with Autistic and Aspergers Syndrome children with much success.
They also are great companions for older horses and good babysitters for young ones. Most of our companion horses do not require any extra care or medications, but love all the extra things you do to make them feel special.
Consider adopting a horse that needs a special place to live out his days and a home with a family that will love him throughout them.
Please help us continue our mission to retrain the horses donated to our program and give them the opportunity to have wonderful lives after the track.