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April 5, 2004

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Troy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Troy
Age: Six years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Quarter Horse, Arabian mix
Home: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
   In September of 2003 I was told that my mom's friend's friend had horses and that they needed exercise so we began to lease them. Then a few weeks later I found out that she was getting another horse. When he came, he was named Troy after my placid, friendly, smart and logical best friend, but Troy didn't exactly have those qualities, or so we thought. As the weeks passed, we thought it was hopeless. Troy would spook and go galloping off (with you still on him). When we tried to catch him, he would turn in circles 'till we let go then galloped off bucking.

    More weeks passed, and then it was like Troy had an epiphany... he was supposed to listen and behave, in an instant he was getting his canter leads right and he would listen at the touch or a rein. Although he still sometimes spooks at silly things, he has never tried to gallop off since. Now he's a pony hunter in training, and boy is he great!!! He follows us around nowhere ever we go and he cuddles us when ever he can. He always get his leads and he loves jumping. He now lives in a pasture with four other horses (all girls) where we ride him every day, and he's still young! I think Troy thinks he's in heaven!

    Troy is very special to me and my family just because he is so loyal, and he really us all. But what really makes him special is the fact that he improved so quickly. Even though he was a barrel racer, he learned all the English movements even though he had no idea what he was doing, and he always trusted us! Troy is most definitely one in a million!

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