A New Life For Retired Race Horses

Jul 10, 2013

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Horseracing is a rough trade for horses and handlers. There are plenty of sad endings for horses who get injured, or grow too old or too slow for the track. A more pastoral life awaits some standard breeds – those who race pulling those chariot-like carts thanks to Joel Brenneman. He’s a member of the old order Amish community who buys end-of-career racing horses and sells them to the Amish as buggy-pullers.  Freelance writer Andrew Jenner accompanied Brenneman to the Meadows Racetrack outside of Pittsburgh, and wrote about the experience for Modern Farmer.