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February 6, 2000

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Tim, the Pet of the Day
Name: Tim
Age: 35 years old
Gender: Male
Breed: Palomino
Home: New Jersey, USA
 
   I'm happy to have you meet my horse Tim! My vet estimates his age to be at least 35 years old, which makes him eligible for senior citizen discounts on feed! We have been each other's keeper for 25 years now, but I almost lost him due to a serious kidney/bladder problem about a month ago. The vet was not at all optimistic due to his advanced age, so to me his recovery is nothing short of miraculous!

    Tim is very smart (with age comes wisdom!) and he enjoys bossing other horses around. I think he's merely reminding them to respect their elders. Over the years we have had so much fun together! I taught him how to pace, which is not a natural gait for most horses. He was always very agile and quick on his feet; in fact, he promptly bucked me off when I first rode him - testing me, no doubt! But we've had many years to develop a mutual trust and respect - I wouldn't trade that for the world! I also taught him to bow, to count three times with his hoof, and to shake his head on command. I love him dearly and I'm so thankful that he is still with me to ring in yet another new year together!

    The following quote touched me deeply and I just wanted to share it with others who may feel the same:

There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
   - R. S. Surtees, 1853

 

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