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one trick is all that pony knows

Arguable the greatest racing Standardbred of all time, 2-time harness racing Horse of the Year Moni Maker, who pretty much clothed herself in glory during her racing career (67 wins, richest standardbred ever, richest female racehorse of any breed until (I think) Zenyatta, holder of the world speed record for trotting under saddle), is among the survivors of a barn collapse due to snow in Somers, CT.

Fifteen horses were inside when the roof gave way; two mares had to be euthanized, but the other 13 were saved.



The bit that gets me is at the end, when they're pulling off her shoes.

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Why did they remove her horseshoes (besides the obvious reason of easing the weight from her legs after what was an amazing race even to my completely ignorant eyes)?
It was her last race. They pulled her shoes because she went out to pasture after that, and she didn't need them anymore.
Oh my. One of the most powerful aspects of tradition is how poignant a simple act can be.

Thank you for the explanation.
Bare feet might be better than a gold watch. *g*