Bandy, the horse that used to pull the carriage carrying Cayman brides around the island on their wedding day, will now be assisting in the therapeutic riding program at Cowboy Town Stables.
Tracey Surrey, owner of Savannah-based Cayman Riding School, which is giving Bandy to the stables, said she knew he would be the perfect horse for the special needs program because of his calm personality and kind temperament.
“Whilst we were very sad that he would no longer be living at Cayman Riding School, we knew that [owner Shanna Pandohie] would look after him and he would continue to teach and help many more children in Cayman,” Ms. Surrey said in a statement about the donation. “The program for children with special needs is heavily reliant on volunteers so we … made the decision to donate Bandy to Cowboy Town.”
Bandy was originally purchased by the Cayman Riding School to pull the wedding carriage, but as the riding school got busier, Bandy was moved there.
While Bandy was ideal for teaching children how to ride, he is a Tennessee Walking Horse and his gait is not suitable for competing.
As Bandy takes up residence in his new home at Cowboy Town Stables in Lower Valley, his fans at the riding school will still get a chance to see him.
“Shanna was kind enough to offer us the opportunity to visit Bandy whenever we wanted,” Ms. Surrey said.
Last Saturday, a group of children from the riding school did just that.
“We were all hoping that he would remember us, but when we arrived he had a stable full of hay, which he found considerably more interesting than his visitors – but then, those who know Bandy will know that his most favorite pastime was eating,” Ms. Surrey said.