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October 18, 2012

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Doc, the Pet of the Day
Name: Doc
Age: Fifteen years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Paint Quarter Horse
Home: New York, USA
 
   Doc's a registered paint, born in Canada. I bought him last month from New Jersey, and now he lives with me in New York, and is training to be a barrel racer! He was once used for English jumping, but when you compare his english and western antics, he clearly likes western better. He's possibly the most comfortable animal I've sat on, no matter what speed.

    He's very loving, and the more attention he gets, the happier he is. He loves his neck getting scratched, and he's very curious and dependant on his rider. If I'm nervous about something, he'll shy away from it. If he's nervous about something, and I just ignore whatever it is, he'll ignore it for the most part. He follows me around in turn out, and if I run, he'll trot after me. His favorite gate is probably a walk, because he can be very lazy and just wants to sit around all day and do nothing, but his jog is extremely comfortable and so's his canter if you get him into it enough. I haven't had the chance to really take him out for a nice long trail, but on the short ones I've been on, he tends to get anxious and hot, and wants to run the whole thing, so I think he likes ring work better. It's more relaxed in there, and he feels comfortable around people. He also likes to spend time with other horse's, and is very friendly towards most of the horses he meets. He likes to nudge me when I'm walking in front of him, and if I stand or sit by his door while I clean my tack, he'll stick his nose over and touch the top of my head. Doc is that one horse that everyone likes, and doesn't get on anyone's nerves (you know, besides mine if he decides to be obnoxious or misbehave). His favorite patterns to run - from what I can tell- seem to be the speed barrels and keyhole, though we haven't had much time to work on his turning for keyhole ... but that will come!

Doc, the Pet of the Day
Doc, the Pet of the Day

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