Acquired: Horse's previous owner
Posted Feb 02, 2014
Growing up, my family has owned our share of animals ranging from cats and dogs to fish and goats. Our horse Chipper was by far one of the most memorable experiences growing up.
While we didn’t raise Chipper from the very start of his life, we did acquire him from a family friend when he was an adult.
There is so much to learn from owning a horse, I believe it can be the perfect learning experience for any child. Our horse Chipper was the first animal that taught us the importance of being aware of our behaviors around large animals. Being taught how to walk around the horse, how to groom and feed the horse all contributed to a very well-rounded understanding of animals that my brother and I still have today.
Growing up with mostly cats and dogs at the time, caring for Chipper was definitely a curve ball for us kids. Our chores list got much longer as we shared the responsibility of keeping Chipper groomed, his area clean, his food and water clean, and of course giving him the snacks he loved. We were taught that for something to be fun and enjoyable, it also needed to be cared for.
We had no problems with Chipper’s temperament, he was always a very sweet horse who enjoyed receiving snacks from, and giving plenty of horseback rides to myself, and all of my friends (He made my birthday parties amazing!). There was however one incident in which the saddle was not buckled correctly. A family friend was riding Chipper (with an adult right by the horse’s side), the saddle slipped and the girl hit the ground and screamed, but Chipper didn’t lose control. Chipper remained calm.
Sadly, due to financial problems we were unable to keep Chipper for much longer than three years. But if given the chance again, I would definitely get another appaloosa.