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One Eyed Ex-Racehorse gets second chance
Norman, once known as Alydeed's Leader, is a descendant of racing royalty (Northern Dancer) and cousin of California Chrome.
Norman raced for 5 years until being retired for not winning enough. He was surrendered to an Ontario horse rescue in 2010 where he was adopted by Heather Young, an Ottawa realtor and now award wining author.
A year after his adoption, Norman developed an eye infection in his right eye that the doctors were unable to treat and gave Heather two options, either put Norman down or remove his eye. She decided he needed someone to give him a chance and had the doctors remove his right eye.
Norman is now proving to everyone that losing the eye didn't make him handicapped in any way and has started his first season in the hunter jumping ring winning his first competition.
Norman is also the subject of children book series that teaches kids that you can overcome any obstacle that life throws at you.