A one-eyed horse from Ottawa, who inspired several children’s books, is being remembered this week as a gentle giant that leaves behind a legacy of strength and perseverance.
Norman the one-eyed horse, who died Friday, was once known as Alydeed’s Leader, bred to race like his ancestors.
The brown beauty came from Canadian racing royalty: his grandfather, Northern Dancer, is considered to be one of the most successful sires of the 20th century, having won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. His father, Alydeed, won the Canadian Queen’s Plate in 1992.
In his professional career, which took him from Calgary to Fort Erie, Ont., Norman won two races and placed either second or third in 15.
“He wasn’t very fast but he was a very big racehorse,” his owner Heather Young tells Yahoo Canada News. “He was just this massive animal with the biggest heart and chose to be gentle even though he’d been through a lot.”
Young first met her beloved companion in 2010. She was visiting the Heaven