I am one of the oldest residents at the sanctuary so I know the ins and outs of everything. I've been there, done that, and got the rugs to prove it!
Lucas was bred to be a champion on the race track. He was bred in America and sold to a home in Ireland where he had big hopes. When we met Lucas he was starving, depressed and not even 5 years old. He had been abandoned in a meat yard - his condition so poor even there he was overlooked. He stood in the corner, waiting for death. He was a heartbreaking sight to see.
Lucas took a long time to recover, he was underweight and had poor conditioning, but more than that was the mental scars of which we didn't know their depth. Lyn spent a long time getting to a point where he could walk without fear or pain. He wasn't sound and was lame in his hind end. He looked much older than his years.
"Lucas has been there and done it all and he is never afraid to try something new. He is a champion at the sanctuary and has strutted his stuff at local shows, and even at Balmoral once upon a time. When he wasn't out showing off what a neglected, and forgotten racehorse could do - he was at the sanctuary reminding people what a little bit of time, paintence and love can do.
He has helped teach children and adults of all ages about horses; helping with groundwork lessons and riding lessons. He helped nervous riders gain confidence, and he has helped those with mental scars of their own find their own peace and their own way in life. He has saved many lives over his lifetime at the sanctuary.
He is a permanent resident at the sanctuary and although he is a happy boy, who loves nothing more than galivanting about the feilds with his best buds Hercules and Solomon, he is also an older boy with a lifetime of ailments. He windsucks and cribs - and these habits play a part on his digestive system; even if it was working properly, which it isn't.
Lucas has a hard time keeping his weight up, he also struggles with lameness off and on. With all of these problems he can be rather expensive to keep fed and vetted."