Ron and Metro came into each others lives in the summer of 2009. Looking for a riding horse for Ron’s wife Wendy, Metro Meteor was adopted off the track when his racing career ended at Penn National. Once a successful turf sprinter at Belmont and Saratoga, Metro was always plagued with knee issues.
Ron and Wendy soon found out they were in over their heads with Metro. Knowing nothing about horses, they learned that due to Metro’s injuries, he may never be able to carry a rider, plus he had a world-class bad attitude.
But through love and perseverance (and a whole lot of vet bills), Metro was able to carry a rider on light trail rides, until Metro’s knees got the best of him again. He was diagnosed with detrimental bone growth in his knees. Within 2 years his knees would lock up completely, and he would need to be humanly euthanized.
Not wanting to give up on his friend, Ron taught Metro a new career a little less stressful on the knees….Painting. Metro soon became world-famous as “The Painting Racehorse”, raising money and awareness for Retired Racehorse Adoption.
50% of the proceeds from the sale of Metro’s paintings is donated to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, to help find homes for retired racehorses. The other 50% went back to finding a cure for the bone growth in Metro’s knees, so he can live a long healthy retirement.