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Miniature Horse from Russellville, OH

Cocoa

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I am from Russellville, OH and I've been a Club Horse member for 8 months and 16 days

Nicknames: Cocito

Age: 21 years old

Gender: Mare

Breed: Miniature Horse

Height: 11 hh

Color: dark brown

Type of Riding: I used to drive her but she's rarely in good enough shape for that now, so I just hand walk/ trot her, and kids ride her sometimes.

My Horse's Achievements: Nothing other than gaining trust for humans again after her former owner abused her. she also has PPID,so she struggles with founder, but she takes it all cheerfully!

My Horse's Favorite Treat: fresh green grass! she cant have it often because she founders.

My Horse's Favorite Things To Do: chase cows

Pet Peeves: she's a miniature racking horse, but she cant stand racking! only on good days can I get her to rack.

My Horse's motto: Keep on the sunny side of life!

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How We Met

I found her at a horse rescue and liked her right away..

My Horse Stats

I've had 2629 friends visit me.

I'm the 43,010th member on HorseChannel.com.

204 friends have voted for me since I joined Club Horse!

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Days are too short. I let Sadie out Thursday. She ran and had a great time playing with Scruffy. Always fun to watch them. Hoping for a ride next Wednesday. The weather is perfect. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/31/2014 12:58.30 AM Report This Comment
Quick vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/30/2014 01:11.12 AM Report This Comment
The weather here is perfect, in the 80's. Farrier's scheduled for Wednesday. Love and a quick vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/28/2014 02:20.57 AM Report This Comment
Vote #200!

Come visit me, Mystic ~ voting for Azteca #267836, Cisco: knows Trevor will beat Cancer, Meg ~ voting for Azteca #267836 & Nugget ~ Voting for Azteca #267836.

10/27/2014 12:43.24 PM Report This Comment
The flies are ridiculous. Making homemade fly traps out of 2 liter plastic bottles. Using can dog food as bait. Should work, because Scruffy has to fight the flies to eat. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/27/2014 02:17.30 AM Report This Comment
Feeling under the weather. I think it's allergies. God bless and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/25/2014 02:19.42 AM Report This Comment
I put Sadie up and changed her water before it got too dark to see. Using my lantern until I get the yard light fixed. Wishing you all a beautiful weekend. Love always and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/24/2014 02:45.17 AM Report This Comment
saludos , hace tiempo que no me mandas saludos
espero que te encuentres bien

Come visit me, ZOVEK, LA CEBOLLA, EL ROJO, LA INDIA, LA VIBORA, EL GUAPO & LA JENNYFER.

10/23/2014 01:01.53 PM Report This Comment
saludos , hace tiempo que no me mandas saludos
espero que te encuentres bien

Come visit me, ZOVEK, LA CEBOLLA, EL ROJO, LA INDIA, LA VIBORA, EL GUAPO & LA JENNYFER.

10/23/2014 01:01.49 PM Report This Comment
My yard light went out during the last storm. I had it put up, a few years ago, so Sadie's corral would stay lit up at night. I ordered a replacement bulb, because I couldn't find one. Hope that's all I need. I still go out to check on Sadie. Can't see if there are snakes or scorpions. She's worth the risk. Love and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/23/2014 04:43.50 AM Report This Comment
Hugs and a vote.

Come visit me, SADIE *Voting Azteca 267836 Nov. HOTM*.

10/22/2014 04:04.07 AM Report This Comment
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.

Come visit me, Prince Teton, Cocoa & Azteca- please vote for me for HOTM!.

03/26/2014 11:32.15 AM Report This Comment
About Cocoa 2
I realized then that this is not a normal horse and I cannot treat her like one. So instead of scolding her, I calmly stood up, picked up the lead rope, and continued leading her around the lawn. After about fifteen minutes she relaxed and I put her back in the pasture. Over the next few days, I took her out and let her slowly get used to me. The day she grudgingly let me touch her was a very happy one for me. But now she had another problem. She’d dart over to me, bite me, and leap away, wide-eyed and trembling. I didn’t know what to do, but I had to do something unless I was willing to part with chunks of skin. So one day when I was leading her, she bit me, and I knelt down on the ground and pulled her toward me. She came reluctantly, trembling and obviously sure that this was the day I was going to punish her. But all I did was put her head against my chest and scratched her on her poll and whispered to her that it was okay and she doesn’t need to bite me anymore. When I stood up, I saw that Cocoa’s eyes had softened, and she no longer had the look of fear in her eyes. She never bit me again. Now I have a sweet, secure, trusting little horse that would rather be with me than in her pasture grazing with Teca. She loves to be led over jumps and obstacles, and she follows me over very scary things like tarps and creeks. She wants to please and will do anything for me, anything, that is, except rack! (I wonder if when she was abused she was forced to rack so much that she was soured of it. She will rack on very good days, however.) She was recently diagnosed with PPID, but she is cheerful about it, in fact, she loves to be pampered when she has another bout! The heartbreaking thing is how much of her life she was forced to spend suffering. I love to watch her bucking and playing in her pasture, or relaxing in the shade, or rolling in the mud. She is always relishing her life in whatever she does. She still has little patches of white hair where her harness rubs were. I’d like to encourage everyone, as a big equestrian family, to do whatever you can to help horses that you know with pasts like Cocoa’s. This cruelty to innocent animals needs to be stopped. Every horse deserves to have a good life and people who love them.

Come visit me, Prince Teton, Cocoa & Azteca- please vote for me for HOTM!.

03/26/2014 11:31.40 AM Report This Comment
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