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October 23, 2012

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Trygger, the Pet of the Day
Name: Trygger
Age: Seven years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Appaloosa
Home: Davis County, Utah, USA
   Trygger is both sweet and a handfull. He always keeps me on my toes, and sometimes decides for me what kind of day we're going to have. He is very bright, and if he has an issue with anything we're doing, we learn by going through it. We do not compete besidees friendly races between friends, and, not to brag, but he is a very speedy horse. His likes to eat the crust off my sandwiches, and loooves any form of grain I can find for him.

    He (Trygger) was flighty all day the other day, we walked into the arena and he just spooked at one half of the arena no matter what I did to try and help him. We walked, trotted, with me both in and out of the saddle, I walked the boundary and looked for something, and found nothing. So, I assumed he was just being a butthead and trying to be done.

    Well, as the day got warmer, I had to take off one of my four layers (a white sweatshirt). I stopped him, and my plan was to slip it off, put it over the fence and just keep riding. Well, he was fine until I had it completely off and put my arm out to drop it over the fence. He saw the sweatshirt, spooked and took off (I'm still in the saddle at this point). I held onto the sweatshirt, calmed him down and eventually tossed the sweatshirt on the fenceline.

    We continued on, I wanted to leave the sweatshirt for last. The reason he was spooking in the one half of the arena was because my sweatshirt was reflecting just enough off the calf chute, that it was scary. When he saw the white, when I took off my sweatshirt, it spooked him.

    So, after an awesome day ignoring the white sweatshirt, I hopped off, grabbed the sweatshirt and took my other one off. I rubbed them all over him until he was completely calm with them, and then hung them from the saddle and made him walk so they continuously brushed his side.

    He is a wonderful listener (most of the time, some days he likes to do things his own way...) and is always very good to me. I love him!

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Trygger, the Pet of the Day
Trygger, the Pet of the Day

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