March 26, 2022

Winston, the miniature horse at Old Friends at Ashton Grove, is a busy guy. He spends many of his evenings visiting with the human residents of Ashton Grove Senior Living Community, but he also makes time for the exercise program his vet recommended for him. Here he is taking an evening drive with his owner, Old Friends volunteer Christy Cassady. Sharing the evening with them are retired racehorses Daytona, Porfido, Massone, Secret Getaway and Ireland’s Eye.

Ireland’s Eye, Porfido and Massone watch with curiosity as Winston drives by

Before you enjoy the vid, I want to say a word about Christy. Though technically a volunteer, she works as hard, and has shouldered as much responsibility, as the paid staff members. Besides taking care of Winston, she contributes significant labor and love to the care of the big horses. And that’s in addition to her day job. (Hope you don’t mind, Christy. I just had to give a shout out.) Old Friends is hugely fortunate in the quality and dedication of its volunteer workers!

Winston Takes a Spin



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6 responses to “March 26, 2022

  1. Winston is absolutely adorable. Wish I could hug him.
    What a great facility for the “retireds” both human and equine.

  2. Kaye Roskaft

    Your sharing these moments are priceless

  3. Kaye Roskaft

    I commented snd was told I had already said what I just posted. News to me.
    Anyway I enjoyed this video. It was delightful and so heartwarming.
    I am curious: How much weight can Sir Winston pull? He seems to enjoy himself pulling that tiny wagon.

    • oldfriendsblog

      That’s a good question. I’ll ask Christy.

    • oldfriendsblog

      Hi Kaye – Christy says as a rule of thumb a mini in the prime of life can pull 2 to 3 times his/her body weight. That’s far more than they can carry on their back, of course. Winston pulls a cart but isn’t ridden.

  4. Linda abe

    God bless you little guy you are loved by many did you take lessons from little silver charm at georgetown ky . He sure loves michael and he loves him to keep up the good work at the senior center happy life my friend.

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