||Seventeen years old|
||Long Island, New York, USA|
I was searching for a companion for my miniature horse, a friend
recommended a pony named Buckwheat. I jumped at the chance to adopt him.
When I went to look at him, I learned alot about him. The lady who owned
him at the time bought him from a public hack barn. The barn owners
bought him just because they felt bad for him. He was the last horse
left on a trailer on its way to auction, which meant certain slaughter.
He had been previously abused and was fearful of humans. When the lady
went to look at Buckwheat, he seemed fine until they tried to pick up
his hind feet. He took off through the diverse trails of the state park.
It took them two hours to finally tire him out and catch him.
Despite the problems the lady had encountered, she still bought him for
four hundred dollars simply because she too felt bad for him. The lady
said he was very hard to catch, and had to be sedated in order to get
his feet trimmed by the farrier. When I brought Buckwheat home, I knew
it would be a challenge for me, but I saw his potential. I felt that no
one had ever really tried to help this pony, they just watched him from a far.
I have had Buckwheat for one year so far and we have accomplished many
things. I am able to catch him without much trouble. I can pick up all
his feet, and the farrier can trim them, with only a little struggle. I
have been riding him, bareback, with only a halter and a lead rope. He
is an amazing free jumper and can jump around four feet, and I even
taught him how to jump through a hula hoop. Over the summer I brought
him to my local 4-H camp. He spent his time as a lesson horse, playing
with the other horses, and going for walks to the beach. He has truly
turned out to be a remarkable horse. I don't know what I would have done
without him. He has taught me so much about how to respect and treat a
horse that is fearful. I am glad I was able to help him out, he will
have a home with me forever.
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