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April 20, 2011

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Cotea, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cotea
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Chincoteague Pony
Home: Mahwah, New Jersey, USA
 
   This is Cotea, when he was a ten-month-old foal. He was born in the wild on Assateague Island, Virginia. Each year my family vacations in Chincoteague Virginia. Chincoteague is a small island off the Delmarva Peninsula. It is known for the famous pony swim from Assateague to Chincoteague.

    As a child I was fond of the "Misty of Chincoteague" books and always wanted to go to the pony swim. My parents took me when I was 5 but all I remember is getting lost at the swim! Later my husband and I made regular trips to Chincoteague and he surprised me in 2003 by purchasing Cotea at the Annual Chincoteague Fireman's Auction. When we got him he was wild. Slowly, we began to approach and touch him. This took much patience on my part, as I so wanted to pet him! Together we raised and trained Cotea to ride.

    Cotea now lives in Mahwah, NJ at Three Sisters' Farm. In his first year we taught him how to go over obstacles, walk nicely on a lead line, trot, and get his hooves trimmed. He was basically learning good etiquette until he is older. As you can see, he loves a good roll in the sand from time to time, it looks so silly!

    Cotea is a one-of-a kind pony with a wild heart. Watching him grow has been an experience I will never forget. Now he is almost eight years old. He is a great pony who loves people and other horses. In fact, he shares a field with two other Chincoteague ponies too. His name is derived from the word Chincoteague. You can see his name is the word. He is very friendly and enjoys being around people and horses. He is ridden English and has been in a local parade and on trail rides.

Cotea, the Pet of the Day
Cotea, the Pet of the Day

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