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Date:7/29/2014 2:39:15 AM
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About Cocoa
When I bought Azteca, it was soon obvious that another horse would have to come live with us. This was before I got Prince Teton and before I started training horses, and Azteca was lonely, whenever I wasn’t with her, that is! So I checked back with the horse rescue that referred us to Teca and asked what they had in miniature horses. I was shown five available horses. I looked them all over and without a doubt I knew I wanted Cocoa. The hurt and neglect that I saw in her eyes told me that she needed help desperately, and I felt I could help her. The rescue staff brought her to our house that evening. I learned a little bit of her story from them. This little miniature Racking Horse was raised and trained by a rough man who somehow used his minis to work for money. She grew to 11 hands high, taller than the average miniature, but he continued to use a mini-sized harness on her. This caused rubs on her back. When the rescue found her, she had several places on her body rubbed raw, she was thin and discolored, and she was afraid of humans and starved for love. Cocoa was passed around to several different homes, but she always ended up at the rescue, even more traumatized than before. Finally, at 19 years old, she found her forever home with Teca and me. I let Cocoa spend several days getting settled in before I tried her out. Catching her turned out to be a two hour battle of wills in which I finally won out. By this time I was exhausted, but I slipped the halter over her head and led her out of the pasture. Cocoa was wide-eyed and snorting softly in fear. I tried to look as unthreatening as possible, and I reached out to touch her neck, thinking it would reassure her. Instead, she made a surprisingly huge lateral jump for her small size, and took off across the lawn with me dragging behind. I finally managed to grab a post and hang on, and that stopped her, but she was dancing around in fear, obviously sure that I would now come at her with a whip.
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