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January 1, 2009

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Betty, the Pet of the Day
Name: Betty
Age: Fourteen years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Quarter Horse
Home: Nova Scotia, Canada
   This is my large pony Betty. She is trained English and western, although I ride hunter/jumper. She is my first horse and has taught me so much already in my four months of owning her! She is usually cranky but when shown any sort of food, immediately changes her demeanor! She loves to jump and go on hacks and is not at all spooky. When I first started to ride her she was prone to unbelievable "long spots" when taking off over the jump, and then bucking rodeo-style on landing. I was thrown in the dirt many times, but kept getting up and back on. We've managed to work through that and are now jumping two-foot courses, with hope of progressing further this spring!

    She has a great heart and for every flaw, I can find far more good in her. I'm so lucky to have her!

    Betty is just a cranky pony - unless she thinks you have something for her to eat. Then she can look very cute and I'm reminded of her good side.

    She is very independent, and has the run of the barn as she is the only horse there. We leave the barn doors open to the pasture and riding ring so she may go in and out as she pleases. She loves to run around the field, and she will trot after apples if you toss them across the ground.

    Her previous owners are good friends of ours and asked if I would show her during the summer season as they were busy with their other large pony and would not have the time. I agreed and started riding her. During the first "test ride," I was bucked off but I got back on and have been doing so ever since! After the season ended, they decided that she wasn't the right horse for them and were going to sell her. Ironically enough, the picture used in the for sale ad was one of me riding her at a show. Anyway, everything seemed to work out just right and we ended up purchasing her. She is certainly a challenge sometimes, but there's just something special about her that gets under my skin. I'm so glad she's mine.

Betty, the Pet of the Day
Betty, the Pet of the Day

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