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July 19, 1999

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Rodeo Romeo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rodeo Romeo
Age: Sixteen years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Paint
Home: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
   What makes Romeo special? About three years ago I met Romeo while helping a friend transfer him from the local race track, where he had been working as a pony horse, to a boarding stable out of town. His owner believed that he was too difficult for most people to ride, and since Romeo's regular rider had moved away, he was of no use. I did not own a horse and was just learning to ride. I kept track of him in his new home, and was saddened when I could see that no one but me was paying him any attention. I inquired about riding him, but was told that he was too hard to handle for a beginner like me. Still, I kept paying him attention and we bonded after a short time. I continued asking if I could try riding him, but was always told to just leave him alone for my own good.

    One day, when there was no one else around the stables, and determined to give this beautiful animal a chance, I placed a saddle on his back and took him for a ride. He was fast, he was strong, and he could turn on a dime, but not once did he show any signs of bad temper or try to get me off his back. I'm convinced to this day that Romeo knew that I could be his last chance. Near the end of our ride, his owner saw us together. She was surprised not only that I was able to ride him, but at how well we seemed to perform together. We've been together ever since. (and it's going to stay that way). Romeo is full of personality, and definitely has a mind of his own. He's bold, likes to take charge, and can be exceptionally stubborn. On the other hand, he's got a huge heart, will do anything for a handful of oats or a carrot, and can be very patient when I need him to be. He has taught me how to ride, and drive, and to care for him. He has touched my soul.

    Visit Romeo's Barn for more photos and information about him.

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