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 Buddy

When Buddy was donated to us October 2013 we noticed that something was just a little off with this old guy. He can’t walk in a straight line properly, as his back end will tilt sideways, often throwing him off balance. He also has 2 bumps above his hips directly where a saddle would sit. We suspect this is from years and years of hard work and imagine it is painful, but he doesn’t complain.

He is a beautiful buckskin quarter horse with a very gentle, caring nature.  As a true Albertan, he worked hard and played harder, but has to take it easy now that he’s older.  He was quite the athlete in his day though, working the rodeos as a skilled barrel racer and cattle-penner: He was the best. We guess that Buddy is about 27, which makes him a senior horse.

With the help of volunteers, Buddy’s balance has slowly improved over the past year. They work with him often with gentle but consistent muscle training, grooming, and feet cleaning. We have also noticed this long winter season was especially rough on our old timer’s arthritis and have put him on a special diet and supplements to help lubricate his joints.

Buddy is excellent at helping to develop empathy in children, build confidence in those with little to no self esteem, and teach respect and boundaries. He is the perfect horse to help people of all ages overcome fear with his docile nature. Don’t let the sluggishness fool you though! Behind those charming eyes is a horse as sly as a fox and as sharp as a tack, why just last week he taught himself how to open the gates to the pastures and sometimes he can be pretty willful!

 

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When Buddy was donated to us October 2013 we noticed that something was just a little off with this old guy. He can’t walk in a straight line properly, as his back end will tilt sideways, often throwing him off balance. He also has 2 bumps above his hips directly where a saddle would sit. We suspect this is from years and years of hard work and imagine it is painful, but he doesn’t complain.

He is a beautiful buckskin quarter horse with a very gentle, caring nature.  As a true Albertan, he worked hard and played harder, but has to take it easy now that he’s older.  He was quite the athlete in his day though, working the rodeos as a skilled barrel racer and cattle-penner: He was the best. We guess that Buddy is about 27, which makes him a senior horse.

With the help of volunteers, Buddy’s balance has slowly improved over the past year. They work with him often with gentle but consistent muscle training, grooming, and feet cleaning. We have also noticed this long winter season was especially rough on our old timer’s arthritis and have put him on a special diet and supplements to help lubricate his joints.

Buddy is excellent at helping to develop empathy in children, build confidence in those with little to no self esteem, and teach respect and boundaries. He is the perfect horse to help people of all ages overcome fear with his docile nature. Don’t let the sluggishness fool you though! Behind those charming eyes is a horse as sly as a fox and as sharp as a tack, why just last week he taught himself how to open the gates to the pastures and sometimes he can be pretty willful!

 

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