Saturday, March 21, 2015

a cocoa-puff turns 12

Yesterday we had a big birthday party for our lovely Quarter Horse, Cody, aka Cocoa-Puff, aka Coden-Locomoden. He came to live with us when he was only 2 years old and now he is 12. It's amazing to think that he has spent so much of his life on November Hill.

Cody is a sweet horse and a handsome one. He also has PSSM, which is controlled by regular work, a balanced low-carb diet that includes freshly-ground flax, extra vitamin E, and ALCAR (acetyl l-carnitine). For most of his years in the November Hill herd, Cody has been the horse who never pinned his ears, was easily moved away from food or the best spot or pile of hay, and always sent out first to investigate scary things.

The past couple of years he has started to assert himself more. He and Keil Bay are best buddies and he also loves playing tag with the pony (over a fence which keeps him from having to deal with the pony's relentless bossiness) and with Redford donkey with whom he has a very special friendship. Cody was the natural choice to be with Rafer Johnson the first night Rafer came to us as a young 6-month old donkey. Salina was all over Rafer and so intense we felt Rafer needed a calmer buddy for his first night, and that was Cody. He and Rafer remain fast friends. (Keil Bay and the Little Man thought Rafer was something from another planet and were completely out of the running as donkey companions at that point!)

Cody has beautiful movement and is the most playful of the horses. It's been really fun to see him grow up and come into his own in the herd. Under saddle he is sensitive and responsive, a real joy to ride.

Happy birthday, Cody!! Whether in sunshine or snow you're a prince!


Grey Horse Matters said...

Happy Birthday to a very special guy. He sounds like a treasure and such a sweet sensible horse. Every farm should have a Cody.

billie said...

Thanks, Arlene. He is a sweetie and I'm so glad we found him and brought him into the family.

Anonymous said...

I love his sweet floppy ears - happy birthday to a fine horse!

billie said...

Thanks, Kate! His ears are often even more floppy - I call them his "I'm in neutral mode" ears. :)

When you write about Pie and Red, there are many things that remind me of Cody - more so Pie, I think. If I can ever get myself organized to take advantage of Mark Rashid's time here in NC each year, it will be Cody I ride in lessons with him. I have a feeling Mark would really "get" Cody and help me get the best out of our rides.

Matthew said...

We love you Cocoa-Puff!

billie said...

We definitey do! :)