ROCKY RIDGE, Md. (WJLA) - Metro Meteor the Painting Racehorse is still at it. After knee injuries that ended his racing career in 2009, he was given only two years to live. So in place of racing, he picked up another career.
"Ron came to me and said he was going to teach him how to paint, you know, and I was like, okay!" laughs Wendy Krajewski. She and Ron are Metro's owners.
And that canvas ended up becoming the former racehorse's comeback.
"We've shipped to Japan, Norway - all over the place, says Ron.
Metro's work is sold online and at Gallery 30 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Half of the proceeds go to helping find homes for retired racehorses.
"We've got a waiting list of over 80 people who are still interested in his art, because they love the story," says Betty Ann Davis, salesperson with Gallery 30.
But the miracle is not only that Metros' painting career is up and running, but so is Metro himself.
"Actually, it was pretty amazing because there isn't even a limp there," says Wendy. "I give a lot of credit to Kim."
Veterinarian Kim Brokaw has been giving Metro injections of an experimental drug called "Tildren" to treat his bone chips and arthritis.
"Metro was a 'four,' so he was basically one grade below broken-leg lame. And after the treatments, he's now down to a 'two.' So a tremendous improvement," says Brokaw.
And Metro's owners are now treasuring this new lease on life.
"Yeah, every time you ride Metro it's special because it might be the last time," says Ron. "He's going to live a lot longer than the two years he was given...I mean, his painting saved his life."
"NEW VOCATIONS" WEBSITE TO HELP OTHER RETIRED RACEHORSES FIND HOMES: http://www.newvocations.org/metro-fund-established-to-assist-horses-at-new-vocations-pennsylvania-facility/
WEBSITE FOR NEW METRO PRODUCTS (10 % SALES GO TO NEW VOCATIONS): http://www.dreamgreenusa.com/