Old Friends’ Bull inthe Heather

What happens to racehorses at the end of their careers? Those not lucky enough to be retired with dignity sometimes end up in slaughterhouses, like 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand. Old Friends saves Thoroughbreds from such tragic fates.



©Barbara D. Livingston Bully's Breyer model


Ferdinand's son Bull inthe Heather, an ambassador for Old Friends, is a living reminder to take better care of aging equine athletes. An upset winner in the 1993 Florida Derby, "Bully" came to the retirement facility with such poor feet that he must wear expensive therapeutic shoes. The grey stallion enjoys daily back rubs and showing visitors his lovable personality.