“Sometimes you don’t choose your horse, but your horse chooses you,” Hayley said as she described how she came to be the owner of ex-racehorse, Cedar Green. Hayley booked a two-person group-shoot with her friend, Jenny.
“He’s got a colourful career history,” she said. He hung up his racing stripes when he was five, in 2006, as a five time chasing winner. And it sounds as though Hayley and Cedar have had their ups and downs since she bought him in 2010. Initially, Hayley’s friend owned Cedar, after he’d had a few different homes since coming off of the track, including HEROS (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme), and was looking for somebody to loan him. She approached Hayley and asked if she would be interested. Hayley told herself that a mature ex-racer was absolutely not what she should be taking on… but maybe just going to see him wouldn’t hurt. How many of us have been there, right? I know I have!
And I’m pretty sure you can tell what happened next. Obviously, Hayley fell in love with Cedar, because, did you look at that face…? And so she agreed to become his loan Mummy.
A short while afterwards, Cedar’s owner approached Hayley again, but this time to ask whether she’d be interested in buying him. Obviously, having fallen head over heels in love with him, there wasn’t really a question in her mind and Hayley soon became Cedar’s official owner.
And now at the grand age of 20, yet not a grey hair on his handsome head, Hayley is treating Cedar to a much more relaxed life. “He’s happiest galloping around the fields on hacks,” Hayley told me. “So that’s all we’re going to do now, really.” Lucky Cedar!