Unlike his sire, the male parent of a horse, Bear was not a big winner. He raced 16 times, with his best finish in fourth place, just shy of ever taking home any winnings. Like many racehorses who are not focused on the win, at some point, he was gelded - castrated.
"When they have their testicles, they tend to want to mount the fillies [young female horses] and not concentrate on the races," Gail Matthews of Winning Hands, who treated Bear while he was owned by the Glenney family, told The Dodo. "Like all of the Glenney's horses, Bear got the best treatments, the best care possible. He was like family."
"Horses are like people," John Glenney told The Dodo. "If racing isn't their thing, and we gave all our horses chances to show that it was, then they are retired and in many cases retrained to do something they will enjoy more, like dressage [skilled riding] or being a horse for children who need therapy that involves working with horses."
Bear had more than just motivation issues. He had been a long-time sufferer of a parasite known colloquially in the industry as EPM, which causes disease in approximately one percent of exposed horses, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He was given numerous treatments while in his family's care, including acupuncture and equine massage by Matthews and others, said Glenney.