Bruce's Horses Jul 27, 2018 18:14:38 GMT -8
Post by Bruce Ropata on Jul 27, 2018 18:14:38 GMT -8
Registered Name>> Monster Park
Barn Name>> Monty
Birth Year>> 2007
Breed Registry>> HRNZ
Coat Colour>> Bay
Stable Colour>> Cyan
Personality>> Despite his monstrous name, Monty is anything but a monster, most of the time. There are the times when he gets the nickname of being a Mont-ster, as he is a bit of a drama queen... or drama king? You almost have to ask his permission before you can do anything, he likes his feed mixed in a certain way, his bed laid a certain way, and don't you dare think that just simply skipping the stall over will do; ever last bit of bedding must be turned to make sure nothing is hiding in there. Good thing he's barefoot, otherwise there's no doubt that his shoes would be made of silver.
Monty is always clean, it's almost like the mud is afraid to go anywhere near him, and this horse is known for throwing a tantrum if he's left out in the rain!
Out in the pasture he's the odd one out. While he'd love to be a part of the herd, he approaches it all wrong and is either bullied or rejected outright. And because horses don't want to be around him, he'll happily shadow any person around, at least that way he can get a little attention and be a part of something, right?
He is a really easy horse to be around, and will stand nicely while tied up, as long as he can always see what's happening around him, and doesn't feel left out.
The way to this boy's heart is through sweet potatoes, especially if they are sliced thinly like a crisp and baked - no so keen on the fried ones.
Caution Around>> Monty doesn't like being left alone, so he has a cat to keep him company
Basic History>> Mont's life started out pretty normally for his breed; he remained with his dam until he was weaned at six months, was left to grow into his legs, little did they know how tall he was going to get even when he was a leggy yearling, He was introduced to the sulky as a yearling, and then began his racing career a year later as a pacer.
It was either his long legs, the fact that he was still growing into himself, or just his general personality, Monty only managed a couple of wins, and his career only lasted another six months before he was retired as a four year old.
He was sent to a sale yard, and this is where it is assumed that his separation anxiety started. He was quickly spotted by a farming family though, as they were always after a good stockhorse, and Monty's new career started.
The farmer's eldest son saw potential in the gangly looking horse, and while the gelding wasn't being used to moved the herd of cattle around the farm, Monty was introduced to the idea of pony club; so he became a pretty well-rounded horse. As long as he knew he had company, Monty was happy to do anything asked of him.
Feeling that he had been left alone for too long while at a pony club event, Monty got loose and went in search of his rider. When the boy found the horse, Monty was carrying around a large pink cat. Thankfully it seemed that no one was missing the plush toy, as Monty had firmly attached himself to it, and as long as the cat was near, the gelding no longer seemed to mind if he was left alone for any stretch of time. And if he let himself loose to find someone, the cat came along too.
With the son heading to university, and Bruce with a horse ready for retirement, the young man discovered that the horse was up for sale and quickly arranged pick up, and then the process of getting the gelding to Kentucky began.
Owner>> Bruce Ropata
Rider>> Bruce Ropata
Discipline>> (English) All-rounder (including mounted games), can be driven too, but has only ever pulled a sulkie