||Twenty years old|
||East Tamaki, South Auckland, New Zealand|
name is Milestone Ace (Miles). This photo was taken about four or
five years ago. He is now 20 years old. He is a Standardbred with a
lovely temperament. He is now in semi-retirement and is still ridden
by a 12-year-old, Natasha. She has been looking after him for the
past two years but before that her sister Sarah rode him. Officially
he is my horse but these days I think he is more Tasha's. I myself
rode him for six years and had a lot of fun with him.
Miles is special because he is my best friend. He was the only horse
I ever wanted and he will do things for me that he will not do for
others - I can get him into water when for others, he will rear up
and protest. He has a great personality. When he is told off he puts
his head down almost to the ground and sulks until he get a hug.
He understands everything that is said to him and snorts
appropriately in reply. I used to hide carrots in my pockets with a
little showing and he would find them one by one without biting or
getting your clothes. He will also take carrots out of your mouth.
Usually 20 years is considered old but he is 20 now and still very
healthy and still thinks he is young. Sometimes he acts like a
two-year-old cantering round the paddock and rounds up the young horses
to play. He grazes on a stud farm so there are a lot of young horses.
The vet said he could live til he is 30 or more as he is well cared
When Tash was only learning as a ten-year-old, she fell off while
doing a jump he realized that he was going to stand on her so he
wouldn't put his hoof down until she was safely standing he put his
hoof down and gave her a nudge as if to say he was sorry. Another
thing is unless she is sitting on him comfortably and safely he will
not move. It is even possible to do round the world without him going
anywhere. Miles had won lots of ribbons and medals and trophies.
Trotting races and best pairs are his specialty. He loves games days
and ribbon days. In two ribbon days he won got either a first, second
or third in every event. He loves food. If you gave him a carrot he
would be your friend. Miles is loved by everyone. There is something
about him that even people who are not normally horse people fall for
him. There is so much to tell about Miles. He is a special horse.
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