Alachua County’s Best Friends: Sunny

By Wellness360 Magazine

Whether you are a horse lover, a feline fanatic or a true pup parent, there is nothing quite like the unconditional love of a pet–something these Alachua County residents are more than aware of! From rescues to therapy animals, these pet lovers are sharing what makes their relationship with their animals so special!

with owner Nicki Golden 

Sunny is a retired 3-year-old thoroughbred racehorse, who raced in New Jersey and Florida. Her last race was in September of 2021 and I adopted her in October. Her registered Jockey Club name is “Third Time Around” and that will also be her show name with me as well. Since retiring from her racing career, Sunny has had some time to rest and has started training to be a show jumper. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted a horse of my own! I’ve trained and ridden horses for the majority of my life, but Sunny is the first horse I have owned. I’m so grateful to be able to retrain her for her second career as a show horse. 

Racehorses generally retire between the ages of 2-5 years old, but on average horses live to be 30. They have a long life to live after retiring and there are so many that are still looking for their second home! 




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