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September 28, 2003

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Riley, the Pet of the Day
Name: Riley
Age: Nine years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Belgian horse
Home: Ontario, Canada
   My favorite horse's name is Riley. He is sooo gorgeous! He lives in Ontario, Canada - I do too! He is a gelding, that means that he was fixed and can't breed. If he did, his foals would be gorgeous! I'm thirteen years old and started riding when I was twelve. I love it! Riley is not a lesson horse. He is an owned horse! He is so funny! What makes him special is that he can do tricks! He bows for his carrots and he is learning to shake a hoof. He is also an escape master! My friend, Nastasia, puts him in his stall with the door open and puts a lead chain in front of the door so he wont leave. He magically found out how to escape! He bites and pulls at the lead chain until it comes off of the bolt! He had an operation about a year and a half ago. He had kidney stones and got them removed. Right after that, he got Laminitis in his two front hooves! Laminitis is a disease that deforms the hooves and damages them! Poor Riley! He is almost recovered from the disease. He is slowly making a full recovery from his operation. Nastasia does ride him and she can only trot him. He loves treats and Nastasia - you should see the way he recognizes her! She takes very good care of him, which is another reason his recovery is coming along so well! He is special and amazingly gorgeous!

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