Poll

C'mon Get Happy!

Which happy stories did you most enjoy on TheHorse.com this year?

<a href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=12972">Elmer Bandit's quest for the record</a>
63%
442
<a href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=12186">Funny Cide's second career</a>
12%
86
<a href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13199">Thoroughbred adoption service</a>
14%
98
<a href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=12592">Olympic coverage</a>
5%
33
<a href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=12380">Dirty Jobs for horses</a>
4%
27
Other (share below)
2%
14

Total votes cast: 700

Comments & Write-in Answers

Arab fan.

12/29/2008 9:02:50 PM

Elmer is truly one in a million. In my lifetime I may never see another like him.

12/29/2008 5:45:07 PM

shows older horses still have what it takes, if they are cared for properly, and trained properly.

12/29/2008 5:42:20 PM

olympic coverage

12/29/2008 4:38:06 PM

We know Elmer so it has been fun to see him in the news setting records.

12/29/2008 4:32:59 PM

A truly amazing horse and a wonderful story :)

12/29/2008 4:27:01 PM

Nice to know an old horse is still useful and his been well cared for by one owner all these years

12/29/2008 3:33:43 PM

Two good Horse people took special care of a nice horse.

12/29/2008 3:11:28 PM

Elmer Bandit - inspiring

12/29/2008 3:08:27 PM

Refreshing and enlightening storay about Elmer AND his middle-aged female owner/rider!

12/29/2008 11:44:18 AM

Dramatic Winter Rescue of Canadian Horse trapped under the hay feeder in snow, which ended happily

12/28/2008 12:28:09 PM

helps to save a lot of horses

12/28/2008 1:19:06 AM

I love the fact that an "old pro" was able to still be in his element after his career was done!

12/27/2008 8:00:36 PM

Elmer, and his owner, are just the best!

12/27/2008 6:24:24 PM

I'm an endurance rider

12/27/2008 4:41:45 PM

a great idea and very much needed

12/27/2008 3:02:37 PM

Elmer proves good owners can be role models

12/27/2008 11:00:47 AM

to know that even one horse has a chance for a second life feels good.

12/27/2008 9:41:12 AM

red ransom

12/27/2008 4:20:30 AM

I have always liked following race horses.

12/27/2008 2:25:01 AM

Elmer Bandit-I am an Arabian lover and also own an adopted 30 year old Thoroughbred so am always gla

12/26/2008 9:55:23 PM

As an older rider it was inspiring to me.

12/26/2008 9:27:59 PM

I was impressed with Elmers zest for life and Mrs. Woods devotion to Elmer and her sport.

12/26/2008 4:43:12 PM

It took him a lifetime to catch a Saddlebred! I think Wing Tempo should get back on the trail!

12/26/2008 3:39:09 PM

Because there are so many who need good homes

12/26/2008 1:38:43 PM

enjoyed Elmer's story, but throughbred adoption was most worthy

12/26/2008 12:10:37 PM

The QH foal, Lucky, his amazing survival

12/26/2008 11:58:00 AM

A good story. A happy old working horse, used with care.

12/26/2008 11:43:28 AM

My Favorites Option on your website. Terrific idea!

12/26/2008 6:54:01 AM

shows if you care for a horse, it can live a long and productive life

12/26/2008 4:56:06 AM

Hero going to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch

12/26/2008 2:29:47 AM

Elmer Bandit's

12/26/2008 2:15:34 AM

Read The Horse for news and info, not happy stories

12/26/2008 12:12:17 AM

I was amazed by him. Elmer gets my vote

12/26/2008 12:03:32 AM

love reading about he older horses hope my girls have as long and happy a life as elmer

12/25/2008 6:35:55 PM

Vet coverage of stint in Moroccan animal hospital

12/25/2008 5:49:12 PM

Inspirational

12/25/2008 5:02:00 PM

Molly the use of prosthesis

12/25/2008 4:20:06 PM

good cause

12/25/2008 4:09:24 PM

Elmer BAndit is just so extraoridnary!

12/25/2008 3:55:17 PM

Inspirational on so many levels!

12/25/2008 2:38:42 PM

Great to see how well an older horse who is well taken care of can perform.

12/25/2008 1:22:22 PM

Adoption of thoroughbreds is the best way to handle retirees!

12/25/2008 8:20:49 AM

Elmer Bandit

12/25/2008 1:46:38 AM

Way to go Elmer!!!!!

12/24/2008 10:38:08 PM

Elmer Bandit because he's 37 years old & put horses half his age to shame. Go Elmer!

12/24/2008 7:46:02 PM

I have copeted against & Judged Elmer & he has my respect

12/24/2008 5:27:05 PM

This proves that it doesn't matter how old your horse is!!

12/24/2008 4:00:11 PM

Elmer got out there and got it done long after many owners would have cast him away. Kudos to all!!

12/24/2008 3:24:59 PM

Elmers story is one of inspiration to us all .

12/24/2008 2:27:56 PM

Refreshing to see a horse properly cared for & used into old age

12/24/2008 2:18:51 PM

The young verteinarian who traveled to Africa and kept a journal--so much goodwill!

12/24/2008 2:15:07 PM

Awesome, inspiring, hopeful, fantastic!

12/24/2008 11:50:24 AM

What a horse!! Quite the spirit for an Arab bloodline!

12/24/2008 11:43:04 AM

we need to appreciate the wonderful contribution the horse makes to enrich our lives.

12/24/2008 11:04:05 AM

Elmer Bandit and his rider are an inspiration to the rest of us!

12/24/2008 10:44:16 AM

Elmer Bandit! Incredible bond between horse and owner

12/24/2008 10:29:52 AM

For me,it's Elmer,what a heart and not a quitter,God Bless him and Funny Cide too.

12/24/2008 8:55:49 AM

A 37 YO horse still trucking along breaking records and kicking butt? How awesome is that!!

12/24/2008 8:32:05 AM

What's not to love about a NY gelding? ;-)

12/24/2008 8:18:12 AM

All the above

12/24/2008 4:26:59 AM

The vet who went to Africa to work at a clinic

12/24/2008 2:07:59 AM

Wonderful story about a wonderful horse

12/24/2008 1:59:57 AM

I always enjoy stories about older horses who are still healthy & happy, & still active as well.

12/24/2008 12:08:33 AM

amazing pair

12/23/2008 11:22:10 PM

The Pickens saving the Mustangs!

12/23/2008 10:23:00 PM

It would be nice to see followups on the horses available for adoption listed on each newsletter

12/23/2008 10:16:07 PM

It is wonderful to see such a bond and care with an older horse, it gives hope to others

12/23/2008 10:09:46 PM

Hard choices! First 3 are all tops!

12/23/2008 9:56:09 PM

Hurray Elmer Bandit!!

12/23/2008 9:22:37 PM

I have a horse reaching senior status and want to keep him going like Elmer.

12/23/2008 9:22:08 PM

Great story--with the correct natural care, more horses shod make it to more years.

12/23/2008 8:21:23 PM

I think the bond between Elmer and his owner is incredible!!

12/23/2008 8:10:48 PM

don't use it for the stories like the health/care info and resource

12/23/2008 8:04:13 PM

john henry's outings. Such a great horse!

12/23/2008 7:58:46 PM

It makes me smile when I see older horses working and interacting with their younger peers. Hurrah

12/23/2008 7:50:36 PM

Elmer and T'breds in tie for me!

12/23/2008 7:28:46 PM

What an incredible horse & excellent, caring owner!

12/23/2008 7:15:44 PM

I still own my 1st horse. Hes a 25 yr. old Arab. I hope he lives as long as Elmer!

12/23/2008 7:00:12 PM

All Thoroughbreds deserve to have a happy and useful life.

12/23/2008 6:51:24 PM

Elmer of course!

12/23/2008 6:50:57 PM

TRUELY AMAZING AT THE AGE OF 37 THIS HORSE COULD STILL COMPETE AND DO IT SUCCESSFULLY...JPJ

12/23/2008 6:02:33 PM

The birth of the foal from the trailer accident

12/23/2008 5:40:56 PM

Because most horse never live to be his age, say nothing of remaining competitive

12/23/2008 5:24:15 PM

horses living a long time and working.

12/23/2008 5:14:51 PM

Elmer is such a game horse with a huge heart. What's not to love?

12/23/2008 5:09:18 PM

I competed a mare into her 30's and still rode her at 40. I admire Elmer.

12/23/2008 4:53:06 PM

I board a 36yr old TB (we put 350# on thru winter of 2006) who has Elmer's fortitude.

12/23/2008 4:37:31 PM

As an ex-endurance rider, I understand the satisfaction of completing with flying colors

12/23/2008 4:32:25 PM

he could be anyone's horse & he's made it big time

12/23/2008 4:27:40 PM

I have a senior horse and it's always nice to see the power of the older horse.

12/23/2008 4:27:32 PM

I am very pro-TB adoption, having adopted one of my own. Dear to my heart.

12/23/2008 4:16:44 PM

Elmer is wonderful, I just hope after all he has done ,he will be retired.

12/23/2008 4:15:19 PM

When any horse is saved, my spirit soars (and tears of joy fall)!

12/23/2008 4:11:15 PM

I enjoy stories of horses getting a second chance at life!

12/23/2008 4:10:19 PM

Elmer B and anything with a feedlot horse getting a second chance.

12/23/2008 4:05:51 PM

Thoroughbred Adoption Service a close second

12/23/2008 4:01:41 PM

I love Funny Cide, although it was tough to pick him over Elmer Bandit

12/23/2008 3:57:07 PM

I do endurance and loved following the accomplishments these 2 older competitors

12/23/2008 3:56:59 PM

Elmer Bandit is an inspiration!

12/23/2008 3:46:53 PM

Gives us old folks hope.

12/23/2008 3:44:11 PM

TB adoption service is great! Also appreciated Elmer

12/23/2008 3:43:49 PM

Amazing that a horse lived this long, even more that he was still competing!

12/23/2008 3:41:52 PM

Elmer is an inspiration to all, and I loved reading about their record setting rides.

12/23/2008 3:40:59 PM

My arab x gelding almost died this year. Elmer was a huge inspiration on the road to recovery! :D

12/23/2008 3:36:32 PM

How well the Olypic horses handled the weather in Hong Kong.

12/23/2008 3:36:13 PM

I'm a senior, myself, with a 17-yo mare: it's good to know long life's possible for us both.

12/23/2008 3:31:08 PM

We all love Uncle Elmer Bandit!

12/23/2008 3:17:44 PM

Molly the pony abandoned by her owners during Katrina

12/23/2008 3:17:34 PM

Elmer Bandit. I love old horses, have one now, good to see an aged horse win against the odds.

12/23/2008 3:06:17 PM

ESPN just doesn't cover the Olympics the way us "horse people" want to hear it!!!

12/23/2008 1:22:48 PM

I always know that if something's happening in the horse world, I'll be able to read about it on TH

12/23/2008 11:42:34 AM

knowing that someone cares enough about these beautiful animals to not euthanize after their careers

12/23/2008 11:36:16 AM

What an inspiration!

12/23/2008 11:32:59 AM

I know Mary Anna Woods

12/23/2008 11:20:45 AM

It is a blessing to see a horse handle w/such love and care that he continues to achieve at his age.

12/23/2008 9:11:31 AM