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Pinto from Thousand Oaks, CA

Kootenai

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I am from Thousand Oaks, CA and I've been a Club Horse member for 7 years, 4 months and 21 days

Nicknames: Koot, Little Man

Age: 15 years old

Gender: Gelding

Breed: Pinto

Height: 14 hands

Color: Sorrel and White Paint

Type of Riding: Western, Gymkhana, Bareback, and Trail riding.

My Horse's Achievements: Koot won blue ribbons at his very first gymkhana!

Learning how to shake hands with me :)

HOTD: January 18, 2010
HOTD: January 18, 2011
HOTD: November 4, 2012
HOTD: November 22, 2013
HOTD: November 23 & 24, 2014
Featured Video of the Month: January 2011
HOTM: April 2011
HOTM: October 2014
HOTD: November 23, 2016

Year End Gymkhana Champion (2010)

My Horse's Favorite Treat: Oatmeal, carrots, watermelon, peppermints.

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: He loves being brushed and getting lots of attention. He loves going for trail rides and doing gymkhana and especially getting treats!

Pet Peeves: Not getting the attention he deserves

My Horse's motto: Don't let the spirit of horses ever fade.

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How We Met

I was looking for the perfect horse after having a bad experience with my first horse, Shadow. I searched and searched, then came across Kootenai. I went out to ride Koot and from the minute I sat on him, I just knew he was right. He totally picked me.

**Videos: "Hurry Scurry," "Kootenai," "Koot's 3rd Gymkhana", "Koot's Life," "Koot's August Gymkhana," "Koot's Sept Show," "Koot's Oct Show," "The Silly Kootenai,""New Adventure Part 2," "Bareback & Bridleless," "Koot giving me a hug!"**

**All the videos of Koot can be found at: http://www. youtube. com/user/horsed- c898**

Koot's birthday: April 10!

Koot's mom, Danya's bday: July 1!
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I've had 136908 friends visit me.

I'm the 25,665th member on HorseChannel.com.

20,513 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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The vaseline helps on Sissy's ears. I put some on Scruffy's nose, because the flies have been attacking him, too. In the 90's. Going to be turning on Scruffy's ac, soon, and hoping he and Sissy will be nice and share the doghouse. Need to build a new doghouse, too. but will patch this one for now. Love to all and a vote.

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04/25/2017 03:13.59 AM Report This Comment
A Vote for You!!
I bet you are glad tax season is over, or do you still have to work a full day??

We had a nice, but very windy day. Clothes dried in record time, hung big heavy rugs out, (Too heavy for the lines,) hung them over bench and picnic table. Little chicks have their new home well broke in, the found the ashes, which are in one corner, and made good use of dusting their feathers. Would like to think of moving out the younger ones, but we are suppose to get down to a low of around 23, snow and raining all this week. Highs are only around 39-43. I better remember where I put my mittens last. I still am wearing my winter boots, but I never knew they were this heavy, in the winter time.

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

04/24/2017 05:14.14 PM Report This Comment
Sunset is doing great loading in the trailer, but they have put TS in the forecast for Sat, so don't know if they will be able to have the clinic or not.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/24/2017 01:21.46 PM Report This Comment
LET HIM GO...
Finally after 4 years of working and struggling with Bray, I decided that we just were not going to make it as a team. I started to hunt for a new horse for me and a great home for Bray. I settled on a young lady, she was likely an intermediate rider, BUT she would be boarding Bray at a large show barn, she had a coach and tons of support around her. I said my goodbyes. She kept me updated. She was enjoying him, however, three weeks after she got him, on a fresh slightly frosty morning he was turned out into his paddock, which was on a tiny bit of a slope. Apparently he was acting up, go figure...he took a bad step and they think he tore a patellar ligament (stifle). No one noticed his problem until he was brought in that evening, on three legs. Long story short, after consultation with 3 Vets, his prognosis was poor to hopeless, she was advised to let him go. She called me to tell me the news and asked if I'd like to be there, she said he was more my horse than hers. I declined, but I did go to say good bye one last time. We left a vote today.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/24/2017 02:50.55 AM Report This Comment
<3 More quick votes. <3

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04/24/2017 02:40.30 AM Report This Comment
The all breed fun show was a blast yesterday. The weather was great, no one got hurt or fell off, and there was a good turnout of both spectators and horses. The youth really love their fast horses and the speed events, that's for sure. And I met my first Missouri Fox Trotter in person. It was fun. We had a little rain last night so not sure I'll be able to ride today. If not, there are feet to trim and tomatoes to plant. Hope you have a great sunday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/23/2017 04:26.11 AM Report This Comment
I REALLY TRIED..
I wanted it to work out with Bray, I sent him away for training, I had coaches come in, bottom line, the horse had my number and he knew I was afraid of him and he played it every time. I got to be NO FUN riding and riding is suppose to be fun. In the end, I decided that I really loved this horse, I just didn't like him much. David didn't like him from day one. What I didn't pick up on until much later was, Sterl May didn't trust him. Look at all the pictures of the three of them together, Sterl May is ALWAYS between Bray and Jackie. I should have listened to her...live and learn I guess, have a great day. we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/23/2017 02:50.31 AM Report This Comment
Love, hugs and a Sunday vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/23/2017 02:31.29 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a Vote,
Today I was packing most of the day, but this evening took Blue & Shiva for a walk by the river. So, that part was relaxing. Tomorrow, back to more packing. Maybe a short ride later in the day.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy (Thanks for HOTD 1/19/2017!).

04/22/2017 05:50.59 PM Report This Comment
Had a Norther (cold front) roll in yesterday evening. That's what had the horses so spooked. Thankfully, the really bad TS stayed N of us, they had softball+ size hail. We got a bit of rain, so was only able to halter Sunset, did some flexing, and turned them out.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/22/2017 03:19.56 PM Report This Comment
There are 3 Marsh Tacky events across the state today, which to my knowledge has never happened before and hopefully points to better days for the critically endangered breed. The one closest to me is an all breed fun show, so I'll be helping at that all day, should be fun.
Well, hope you have a great saturday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/22/2017 02:57.52 AM Report This Comment
Quick votes and hugs.

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04/22/2017 02:47.12 AM Report This Comment
THIS IS BRAY.....
Fast forward again, in this segment I have to say, I learned soooo much. We were all settled in and I wanted a horse to ride, so after some looking(not enough) I bought Brazen Virtue, a 3 yr old Standardbred Trotter. I admit now I bought him simply because he was handsome, wrong reason. As a 3 yr old he was a piece of cake but when he turned 5 he became "the Horse Devil" One fresh September morning I was feeding, Bray was full of himself and as I tossed out a couple flakes of hay, I was between him and Jackie, I reached for Jackie's halter to move him away from Bray, and all I remember is seeing his hind leg in the corner of my eye. It happened so fast. He caught me across the forehead, my glasses went flying and when I woke up I couldn't find them, I didn't know what had happened, I crawled to the barn and called David at home, I said, can you come and help me find my glasses? I fell and they are gone? He came right away and of course scooped me up and took me to the emergency room. He said I was in shock, and insisted that I fell, however I looked like something out of a Freddy Kruger movie... 17 stitches and a nasty concussion. They said a split second either way and I likely would have been dead. Take a look at the pictures below and tomorrow I'll tell you what I should have picked up on from the start, it would have saved a lot of trouble. We left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/22/2017 02:43.52 AM Report This Comment
Hi Kootanai happy late Easter!

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04/21/2017 04:15.05 PM Report This Comment
Drying out, but windy today. For some reason all the horses were spooky this morning, even old Bo. Sunset wouldn't come near me and Cisco was acting antsy. Decided discretion was the better part of valor, and didn't work anybody.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/21/2017 12:51.06 PM Report This Comment
MOVE IN DAY...
Thanks Dayna, I'm just taking it day by day...It took me the better part of a month and a half to get the place ready, once all the "junk" was hauled off and the fencing was done, the barn was cleaned out, we opened the end on to the pasture and made it like a large run in, fenced off a dirt paddock and we were ready. We had water, hydro, shelter and pasture, what more do you need... The day my neighbor mowed the 5 acre pasture for me, I cried, because it was so perfect, she was going to have a home, just 1/4 mile from where we live. My riding instructor "gave" us Jackie, a 7 yr old shetland/mini cross as her companion. They became fast friends. All was well with the world, at least my world.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/21/2017 02:32.55 AM Report This Comment
Kinda hate to hear that the rains have stopped and things are going brown again. Ugh. No such thing as middle ground, is there?
Glad tax season and classes weren't as bad as you thought.
Enjoying your FB pics. So glad you had time to go for a hike with your mom, I'm sure she enjoyed it too.
Not much here. I spent a lot of the day on the lawnmower yesterday, got some of the tomatoes planted (I only put in 5 or 6), and ran a few errands. No time to ride, but it's still a bit damp and slick anyway.
Well, better get ready for work. Have a great friday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/21/2017 01:37.35 AM Report This Comment
Have a blessed Friday. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/20/2017 08:39.29 PM Report This Comment
Hi Koot & Danya, here's a vote for ya. I bet it feels so good to be out from under all that heavy duty work days! Busy day of errands and running around! Raining when I got up, but stopped by about 10 am. Went to Staples and got the new printer, installed it earlier and so far it's working! LOL! If you knew me, you would know that me and anything with model techknowledge it not my gig! Then went to PT and he went easy on me today, day after the shot, they say only about 3/4 of normal movement for the knee. Then over to see Paige, went to turn in the driveway and here's Marissa in the outdoor arena working Paige under saddle and under 3 neck sweats too! She looked good! Then I got to do showmanship and work on trying to just increase my speed at the 360's and spins. Doing much better, me that is. She knows how to spin like a top! Then home and it was dry enough to turn the boys out for an hour on pasture. Honey and I did only a 1.1 mile walk, had to keep that toned down too! Now hopefully Anthony will be here tomorrow and un-winterize the trailer with me. Love ya, Marion and the blondes.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/20/2017 04:52.59 PM Report This Comment
With rain 2 days in a row (not complaining), it was too wet to ride yesterday, so I worked on digging tomato holes, which was a lot easier with the ground damp. I keep asking my local feed n seed to sell tomato holes, but they wont, lol.
Anyway, hope you have a great thursday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/20/2017 02:44.47 AM Report This Comment
THE SEARCH WAS ON....
Reality was I could not afford to board her and just go pat her 4x a week, so I literally started to knock on doors to try and find a place for her to live that I could afford. A neighbor told me about a farm not far from us, no one had used it in about 15 yrs, someone rented the little house, but the barn and pasture were unused. I located the owner and was told knock yourself out, but they were not willing to do any of the work, eg. fencing or repair, but if I wanted it, go for it. Here are a few of the pictures as we found the place, first David and my brother had to hack their way in with machete, it was so overgrown. It had been simply left about 15 years earlier. We spent the next month cleaning the place up and fencing so she would have a safe home. More tomorrow, we left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/20/2017 02:34.22 AM Report This Comment
Hi & a vote,
You must be glad that tax season is finally over! We are still in the process of moving, which seems to be going much slower than we would like.

Come visit me, Rocky (the blue-eyed wonder horse), Comet (has new home) & Cowboy (Thanks for HOTD 1/19/2017!).

04/19/2017 06:59.15 AM Report This Comment
So glad the main part of tax season is over for you. Yeah, worried about you doing that and classes at the same time. Pretty hectic. Glad you've been able to see Koot on the weekends. Are you still getting a lot of rain regularly? I bet this has been a pretty spring because of it.
Not much here. We're still pretty dry, though we've had a little more rain this spring than we did over the winter. Hope that keeps up. Farmers really need to get a couple of good cuttings of hay for all of us with grazing animals to make it.
Sounds like your Easter was a good one. Ours was too, I got to visit my parents and my sister's family on Saturday, and then enjoyed our church service on Sunday.
Well, hope your week is going well. Take care.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/19/2017 05:51.17 AM Report This Comment
Love, hugs and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/19/2017 02:50.11 AM Report This Comment
THE STORY CONTINUES...
At the clinic they explained that sometimes cortisone injection can help, but in Sterl May's case the spinal processes were so close that there was no room to get a needle in, they offered me a free acupuncture treatment, said it may or may not help. It didn't. They sent the report to Dr. Cook and he told me that basically her days of being a riding horse were done. I cried and cried and cried some more. The cause, unknown... old injury, racing wear and tear, some dressage horses get this due to being ridden in collection. He said sometimes with some time off the spinal processes will fuse, and the pain will go. He said she will learn to accommodate and will not do anything that causes pain. She has and she moves quite freely, over the years I have tried to ride her again, but the pain is still there when tacked and added weight of a rider, even me, I'm not very big...So, because I have never felt that animals are disposable, the problem was that I could not afford to board her just to go and visit 4x a week, the search was on to find a place to keep her as a retired horse. Getting rid of her was NOT an option. We left a vote.

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/19/2017 02:41.47 AM Report This Comment
I have been logged in on HC everyday, "but" never got much done. Hardly anytime to leave comments, get voting done.
We got 5 new born calves, and then 1 about 3-4 mt old heifer. The older one has a cough. and someone sawed off it horns. Must bother her, because he ear hangs down on that side. The new born calves all seem to have the sours or runs, so its an extra feeding of electrolytes. Its hard to feed them when each one wants the bottle, been tying 2 up, 2 go in one pen, and then feed 1 at a time. More chicks hatching today, and set pheasant eggs 18 and a few days will add a different kind of chicken egg.

Come visit me, Mistic, Willow & Whisper.

04/18/2017 06:24.12 PM Report This Comment
Hi Koot & Danya, here's a vote for ya. Easter was good, glad yours was too! Best thing is Koot time on the weekends! Happy Tax Season is over I bet! LOL! What a beautiful day out today. Only got to about 65F, but sun was strong! Marissa called early with a change in plans for Paige today. I was given the day off and Paige got ridden and worked outside with Marissa riding. She sent a PM video on FB and the mare didn't even look like she was loping, she was so collected and no head bob at all! I worked like crazy on my farm. Dragged and picked rocks out of my outdoor arena, really want to work Indy up there! The then boys were out for like 50 minutes and in. Honey and I did another 1.5 mile walk. Broke for lunch, late of course. Got the boys out for a second round of grass a couple of hours later. Then trimmed Bullseye feet up. Love my new Tough1 10 inch nippers! So much easier to handle the shorter length than my 14 inch ones. And nice and sharp too! Worth the money! And they really weren't that expensive at all! Tomorrow I go early for the Cortisone shot in my knee, hopefully that'll really help a lot so I can be able to jog next week. Then to Staples and buy a new printer. Mine did give it up! Printer head is shot, and a new one is like $75. A complete new printer with 5 months free ink is on sale for like $100 with a two year warranty! Hopefully they have it in stock! Love ya, Marion and the blondes.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/18/2017 04:31.38 PM Report This Comment
We left a vote today
Hi Dayna, I'm glad to hear from you, I'll give you the short form version, so, I have been absent a lot lately too, I just have not been able to snap out of loosing Charlie, and then I thought, if I visit some old HC friends I might feel better, then the girls, Sterly and Awesome Blossom got HOTM, then two weeks ago our dog Zack died of a heart attack? He was only 8. So it has been one step forward and two steps back, life just really sucks right now, hope all is well with you, Donna Lee

Come visit me, Sterl May & Blossom ***PROUD TO BE HOTM***, Angel Sassy Mac Mar 8/95-Aug 8/07 & Angel Royal Mes Apr 16/02-Dec 3/16.

04/18/2017 01:51.37 PM Report This Comment
Glad to see you back on. Bet you have been busy. We've had a couple bouts of bad weather - winds, hail and TS, but everything is going pretty well.

Come visit me, Mystic, Cisco, Angel Meg, Bo and Jazz & Angel Nugget.

04/18/2017 12:54.02 PM Report This Comment
"When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours,
and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your spine...you know you are loved."

~ John Lyons
Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/18/2017 02:08.28 AM Report This Comment
Happy Easter! Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/16/2017 02:37.24 AM Report This Comment
Rick bought vaseline for Sissy's ears. I checked online to make sure it's safe for dogs. Crossing my fingers and praying it helps. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/15/2017 02:20.16 AM Report This Comment
Hope you have a great Easter weekend. Any plans?
Rode right at sunset yesterday. Let's just say, it was one of those "2 steps back" kind of days for Allie.
Well, I have a busy weekend starting today. Hope you have a great friday.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/14/2017 06:06.40 AM Report This Comment
Windy, but beautiful weather. The flies are horrible. They're chewing the tips of Sissy's ears up. I'm keeping her in during the day, as much as possible. Wondering if vaseline would stop that. Surprised at how much alfalfa pellets swell when soaked. I'd given Sadie pellets without soaking them. Never, again! Still learning. Leaving lots of love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE.

04/13/2017 11:22.40 PM Report This Comment
Hi Koot & Danya, here's a vote for ya. Weather wasn't as warm, only about 60F, but at least sunny! Some wind however! Therapy is going great, Chris my Therapist is very pleased at how well I'm improving. He's very confident that I'll be able to jog (in my brace however) for the horse show. The patterns are out for the show and we went over Friday's showmanship one. I did the pattern several times, sans all the jogging of course. It has a back a half circle around the judge at the end. Oh boy, that's gonna take a lot of practice between now and then! LOL! Paige doe's it great with Marissa, sure she's the trainer. Me, not so much! Got home and got the boys out for 30 minutes pasture time. Then Honey and I did our 1.5 mile walk. Love ya, Marion and the blondes.

Come visit me, Nuttin But Good. Tkx Sterly & Blossom, 17300!, R.I.P. Hi Tech Image, Tks Mom,Indy, Paige #17200! & MWS Zippn By Indy, Tks, Bella Boo of DC, 22400!.

04/13/2017 04:53.21 PM Report This Comment
Quick votes.

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04/12/2017 02:38.33 AM Report This Comment
Hugs and more votes.

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04/10/2017 03:23.48 AM Report This Comment
Sunday hugs and a vote.

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04/09/2017 02:10.10 AM Report This Comment
<3 Quick votes. <3

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04/06/2017 11:47.53 PM Report This Comment
Hope things are going well this week. Only one and a half weeks left till the official end of tax season, yay!
We had a lot of rain yesterday, but thankfully not the bad storms they had east of us. Not until the last one about midnight, and that one had some very high winds with it, maybe even a little hail. So of course, no horse time yesterday except to feed. Allie had the awfullist tangles in her mane from the rain and wind.
Well, hope you have a great thur.

Come visit me, Allie & BJ and his mom Gracie.

04/06/2017 03:50.28 AM Report This Comment
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