With a racing career that spanned seven seasons and a total of 43 starts on the track, Hammers Terror retired from racing with earnings of $522,372. Then the multiple stakes winning son of Artie Schiller found his way to TAA-accredited Second Stride, the first step in a new off-the-track life.
“Hammers Terror (aka Stanley) came to me through a friend who had adopted him from Second Stride. She loved his temperament and personality, but due to his suspensory injury, he couldn’t jump, so she suggested I look at him,” Danielle Dabkowski said.
His calm demeanor during their second ride sealed the deal for Dabkowski.
“We trailered him and another horse to a large equestrian park and he never offered to do anything out of line,” she said. “We walked for miles while others were cantering and going over the cross country jumps around us and he was almost lazy. I had been looking for a quiet horse, I just never realized the horse for me would be another OTTB.”
The duo entered the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover in the competitive trail and freestyle divisions, finishing mid-pack in both. Now, Dabkowski is focusing on building up strength and for him to continue his life as a happy, healthy trail horse.
“His back end is still weak, so we’ve been doing a lot of lunging to build those muscles without me on him,” she said. “Our goals are to continue training in western dressage and to be a pleasure horse. I’m just glad to be able to provide a relaxing home for him off the track.”