Monday, June 11, 2007

Tuffy Love. 43 year old horse still working!

Owners of senior horses often ask us when they should retire a horse from riding. There is no single answer to that question. As long as a horse is comfortable, in good health, and willing he can work as long as he likes.
After 30 years on the job, a 43 year old Quarter horse gelding named Tuffy is still working as a therapy horse at Edmonton's Whitemud Equine Learning Centre in Alberta, Canada. Tuffy's owners retired him a few years ago, but the old workhorse became depressed and stopped eating when he could no longer work with disabled children via the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association. He currently works one hour a day, four days a week and will continue to do his job as long as he remains in good health. Tuffy was named Canadian Therapeutic Horse of 2005.

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