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Meet The Horses That Made Me

Updated on January 6, 2019
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Ellison is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. She runs a summer camp program and offers kids a safe introduction to horses.

Dressage Cory
Dressage Cory | Source

Part 1-Cory

This is one of the horses closest to my heart. I miss him every day, meet Cory.

We bought Cory on New Years Day, 2000. We had just converted our produce farm to a horse farm and were beginning a lesson program.
We bought him at the Eyer Stables, Thurmont MD, New Years Day horse auction.

He rode quietly amongst the chaos and was good on the little test ride we took on him in their insane riding ring. We liked him, and he was Palomino which is my mom's favorite horse color! We decided we were going to bid on him. We ended up spending more than we had planned but were thrilled that we had bought our first lesson horse.

Cory was a typical lesson horse, he could be stubborn. He always tested his new riders. He was super lazy and good at ignoring your leg. When new students rode him, the first few times they usually weren't overly enthusiastic about him. Once he realized that you weren't going to let him get away with going turtle speed, he was fabulous.

Cory wasn't registered, he was a grade horse. If I had to guess he was a quarter horse crossed with maybe an Arabian. He had an interesting freeze brand that we were never able to identify.

Cory did everything from lessons, to dressage shows, to lower level eventing, to trail riding. For years, Cory was my go-to horse for trail riding. He would go over, under or through anything.

Cory never truly retired, he worked lightly right up until he passed away. Light riding and loving and treats from the barn kids is what kept him going for so long.

Cory passed away from colic. In his usual stubborn fashion, he passed away on my birthday. It was heartbreaking. I'm glad that he did not suffer and that he lived a great life up until the very end.

I feel privileged to have owned him for so long, 15 years! I will always hold a special place in my heart for Cory. He was my very first lesson horse, the one that started it all. I hope that he is grazing on lush green pastures in horsey heaven.

Trail horse Cory
Trail horse Cory | Source
Family horse Cory
Family horse Cory | Source
Trick horse Cory
Trick horse Cory | Source
Jumping Cory
Jumping Cory | Source
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Love this picture! | Source

Black Beauty Said The Story Of His Life Was The Story Of The People In It

As a kid, I loved the book and movie, and I still do now, as a horse crazy adult! It is an interesting perspective the horse's life being told from his point of view. Black Beauty remembered all the people in his life and how they touched him, in both good and bad ways. I feel the same way about horses! I remember them all and can tell my story, by telling the story of my horses.

A Must Read For Horse Lovers Of All Ages

Black Beauty , The Movie!


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