Big bay gelding Norman was rescued by Toronto horse lover Heather Young from certain death when his racing career didn't pan out. In 40 starts, Norman only recorded 2 wins and placed or showed in 15, despite being a son of the famed Alydeed and, like most Ontario thoroughbreds, was descended from Northern Dancer.

He was shipped around from trainer to trainer and was all set to be sent to the glue factory when a rescue organization stepped in and saved his life. When Heather met Norman, it was love at first sight for both of them so Norman was once again rescued. But shortly after moving in with Heather, poor Norman contracted a serious eye disease that resulted in his right eye being removed. So what do you do with a one-eyed retired racehorse? Norman knew and soon showed Heather how courageous he was and willing to learn to live with his disability. Soon, Norman was jumping fences and doing tricks, and with Heather's help, he has written his first book for kids, all about being different.

The author now lives in the lap of luxury in a fancy-schmancy Stouffville barn and his human companion is busy selling his book, the proceeds of which benefit the Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue and Longrun Thoroughbred Retirement Society. Check out

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