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Life after racing: PEALINGS: Big girls blouse with a great attitude to work; Steve Dennis with a fortnightly look at racehorses in retirement 13 gr g Wood Chanter - Ten-Cents (Taste Of Honey) Race record (Jumps) 45 runs, 7 wins, 9 places Now Trying his hand at - and succeeding in - showjumping and dressage.

Byline: Steve Dennis

THEThoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre is the original of the three major organisations in Britain that provide a safety net for former racehorses who, through ignorance, injury or plain bad luck, are in danger of disappearing off racing's radar.

Founded in 1991, situated at Halton, in Lancashire, and run by Carrie Humble, the TRC offers rehabilitation facilities to around 30 horses and is the permanent home of 1984 Grand National winner Hallo Dandy. The snow-white Pealings didn't gain a fraction of the column inches afforded to his illustrious 'centre-mate', but nonetheless the TRC was there when he needed help.

Known as 'Emu' by the staff at the centre, because he has a very long neck and equally extensive curiosity, Pealings was taken on by the TRC in March 2004 after his owner realised that she was unable to cope with him.

Humble, who was awarded an MBE for services to racehorse welfare, says: "Pealings is a very tall horse, 17.2hh, and came to us with a very sore back after being ridden with an ill-fitting saddle for some time - he has extremely high withers and was suffering a significant problem with them when he came to us.

"We gave him extensive physiotherapy and he was rehomed with TRC loaner Louise Harborne six months later."

Harborne has taken him to hunter trials, showjumping competitions and dressage classes - he excels at the latter and has done well at all his new disciplines. He has adapted adroitly tohis new home and role and both horse and loaner are benefiting hugely from the arrangement.

P ealings began his racing life with his owner-trainer Geoff Hubbard, then ran for Hubbard's private trainer Chris Kinane and subsequently was in the care of Ferdy Murphy. Probably at his best at around two miles and five furlongs (although he won over three and a quarter miles), he won over hurdles and fences.

P ealings has been described as a 'big girl's blouse' by both Humble and Harborne - but both are at pains to point out that he is thoroughly genuine and has a great attitude to work.

Humble adds: "He has done brilliantly with Louise, which emphasises the importance of the rehoming aspect of the centre's work. It can be as difficult and frustrating as the rehabilitation itself. Everything depends on getting the right person for the individual horse."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 23, 2005
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