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December 30, 2005

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Fargo, the Pet of the Day
Name: Fargo
Age: Thirteen years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Percheron Horse
Home: Libertyville, Illinois, USA
 
   This is my horse Fargo. He is a thirteen-year-old Percheron gelding. I bought him a while ago, although he has just recently come "home". He lives where I work, at Lambs Farm, and organization dedicated to giving developmentally disabled adults lead personally fulfilling lives. I work at the petting zoo at Lambs Farm, and Fargo keeps our 28-year-old Belgian mare, Byrd, company after her hitch mate died a few months ago.

    Fargo is amazing. I trust him so completely, and he is as 'bombproof' as anything. I can go up to him in the middle of the pasture and stand up on his back (that's if I can get on - he's tall!) and he won't move. He's not car-shy, and if something does worry him, he doesn't spook or run, just freezes until the 'threat' is past (although I hear he did have a run-in with an ostrich once). He was used as a trail horse for camping, and his previous owners used to skijor behind him - I can't wait to try that! The other picture is him bowing (for a carrot of course). Hopefully we can perfect this talent so it doesn't require a carrot, and I can get on him easier!

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