Giving Thanks Entry #6
By Katie Murphy

Hey there!

My name’s Katie Murphy. I’m a full time student at the University of Ottawa, part-time working student and full time pony owner!

There are so many things about my pony Buddy that make me thankful for him each and every day. For starters, I and thankful that he is actually in my life. He was an abused rescue yearling who was sadly unwanted by many as a result of having only one eye! Underweight and neglected, Buddy didn’t have a great chance at life, however with love, affection and lots of hay, my aunt and I were able to rescue him and give him a better life. I began working with Buddy as a 3 year old. I rode many other horses at my aunt’s farm but I never thought that Buddy would have such an impact on my life. He was a definitely a challenge but he was always willing to try anything I asked of him. Today, Buddy is an 8 year old who successfully showed in Bronze circuit and is currently working towards competing with his 12 year leaser in the 2017 Trillium Hunter circuit.

Buddy is so forgiving and has touched the lives of so many people with his sweet and loving personality. I am so grateful to have such a good natured and talented young boy given what he had to endure in his early life. I’m sure Buddy is thankful for all the things I have done for him but he has changed my life in ways that were unimaginable to me. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think to myself how lucky I am to have pony as amazing as him!

I am also thankful for all the people at my barn. The owner, my coach and my barn friends make it easy to have an awesome time every day I go out to see my fur baby! The equestrian community is so amazing and supportive and I am so happy to be a part of it! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

-Katie & Buddy

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