Like human athletes, racehorses can only work for so long before the physical toll catches up with them.
Metro Meteor one of his sport's best competitors, racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money before his body finally had enough.
With painful bone chips in his knees, Metro's racing career was finished. The horse was put up for adoption and taken in by artist Ron Krajewski and his wife.
They quickly realized Metro was in worse shape than they thought. Vets recommended putting him down before his knees locked up for good. But Ron had another idea.
Ron refused to give up on Metro, and noticed how smart he was. The horse could pick up objects and his mouth and carry them around. With a little training, Metro learned to touch his nose to a canvas, then to rub a paintbrush on it.
Soon, the horse was an artist in his own right - and a popular one to boot.
Metro's first paintings were featured in a local art gallery and sold out almost immediately. Now, this artistic animal has started his second career, and he's helping other horses do the same thing.
Click the next page to see some of Metro's paintings!