updated 03/19/2012 AT 5:45 PM ET
•originally published 03/20/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
She may not have captured Ben Flajnik’s heart, but The Bachelor runner-up Lindzi Cox is still going home to a loving male: horse Token.
“He’s a thoroughbred, and I’ve had him for like 12 years,” she tells PEOPLE.
Though she’s a working girl now, Cox previously competed with her horse after college and says she would return to it if given the opportunity.