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Right now my favorite horse is a TB (Thoroughbred) named Jetta. He is dark bay and is one of the taller horses. He has no markings. He is really special to me because for some reason, he responds to me better than other people. He won me two second places in the Playday show. I don’t have any pictures of him (yet! I will try to get pictures up soon!). He used to be a race horse. During camp, one of the counslers showed us a tattoo on the inside of his lip that all race horses get.
He’s a horse I’ll never forget.
Another one of the horses that effected me a lot is my summer camp horse, Star. He’s one of the horses that listens to me most. In summer camp, you build a bond with your assigned horse that no other horse has (okay maybe not but not in the camp!) Here’s some of my adventures with Star:
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I got a summer camp horse called Star. He is an adorable chestnut with no markings but a star. He is hard to bridle and doesn’t drink from the trough. On the first day of loping him he kept breaking down, but a couple days after that, I could keep him in the gait. But another problem came a long and that is that he tends to pick up the left lead. I had to give him a lot of left leg on hind quarters…
I also found out that he was an amazing barrel racer/pole bender. He is awesome at it, but it creates another-small-problem. When we’re loping in a circle, he leans in the turns a little bit too much, but it’s not a big deal. So I’m in the group where we lope all at once. So our counselor split us into two groups, ones who can lope all at once and ones who can’t. And I happened to be in the group who lopes all at once!
Star is an excitable horse, he loves picking up the pace. He has a very controllable speed so he can range from a slow western jog, to a fast working trot. But he loves to lope really fast! He is definitely a favorite.
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One of my stories is when we won the pole bending competition…three times.
So when my counselor announced we were going to have a small competition in pole bending, I had no idea that I would learn that my horse is a champ. So the first two times, we did it in groups. I won. in both. I learned that Star was just awesome about turning around the barrel. Now the tournament. People started naming the horses that would probably win, “Rimrock, Wiz, and Star.” It was one vs. one. I won all my competitions until the last one was a dead tie.
My heart raced. What was I going to do???
We did it again.
I quickly maneuvered him left right left right around the cones. He did it job by doing a swift turn around the barrel at the end and I won.
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I won a simon says game again because of Star.
After a lengthy game of just three of us, my counselor said, “Simon Says pick up a lope. We had extra rules like no breaking gait. I was nervous. It was my Mr. Speedy Loper, Star and Mr. Slow Loper, Seabiscut. I asked him to lope. Without doubt, he sped up and I got stuck behind Seabiscut. He was mostly between the rail and the horse. Almost without thinking, I turned him, he swiftly changed sides and I loped on in front of Seabiscut. Seabiscut broke gait.
So those are my lengthy stories of some special horses. Without doubt, all the horses I know are special to me. They have all pressed hoof prints into my heart.