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January 31, 2002

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Penny, the Pet of the Day
Name: Penny
Age: Sixteen years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Registered Appaloosa
Home: Pennsylvania, USA
   I have been leasing Penny for over a year now and we fit together. We both have our moments of stubbornness, but always figure something out. When I started riding English, I saw Penny and they told me she had a false pregnancy and hasn't been worked for about two years. She didn't have much muscle on her, but when I started leasing her, it all changed. I carefully prepped her for shows during the winter and spring and beginning of summer.

    At the show grounds, Penny has her head in the clouds and pays no attention to me [I can even put baby oil on her for showmanship!], but once she sets foot in the ring, she's all business. At Districts [4H], we placed 6th in showmanship out of 21! Next year, I hope to tune these skills, and maybe, just maybe, we'll be heading to states! Besides showing, Penny is always a great listener and will let you do anything from riding her bareback with a halter to crawling under her belly. She's kind of spoiled now, since she expects her cookie when I walk into the barn.

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