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My name is Forward Motion, but I am more commonly known as Joey. I am a 19 year old Standardbred gelding. Born in Okotoks, AB I was raised to be a pacer, and that is exactly what I did for eight years. I am here today to tell you the story of how I met my closest friend, and how I found my forever home. It all started roughly nine years ago. I was involved in a track accident that hurt my back and ended my racing career. For eight years all I ever did was race, it was the only thing I knew, and I loved it, but now it was over.

 I had no idea what would happen to me, was I going to go home? Or was I going to be sold to a new home like so many of friends? Unfortunately, I later found out it was the latter case. Those next few years were difficult for me, and I began to lose faith in humans, the only one I was able to trust was myself. Humans were too unreliable. In those four years I started to come to grips with the fact I might never find my forever home with people who will love me to the very end. But I later found out, how wrong I would be.

I came to live at my forever home on February 5, 2011 and these past five years have been some of the best years I’ve known. In these years I have learned how to jump, do gymkhana events, and I have joined a 4-H club called Coaldale 4-H Equestrian Club, but the best thing I have learned to do is run. It took me a while to figure out that I could trust my new friend to attempt the lope, but when I did it was the best moment I can remember. I thought she was going to be angry with me for loping, but she wasn’t, instead of being angry she did the opposite. She actually gave me a hug and praised me for trying, even though it was only three strides!

In these past years Madisen has taught me that I can trust people, that all people will not hurt me. Madisen is my best friend, and whatever happens next, I know that we will get through it together. There is no obstacle that we cannot conquer, so long as we have each other.

Story written and submitted by Madisen Groves

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