1975 - 2006
passed away peacefully on December 26, 2006. Buddy's contributions to Three Gaits will not be forgotten.
Program Director Dena Duncan shares her memories of Buddy:
never work' was the first thing I heard when Buddy arrived
at Three Gaits. We knew very little about his background
before he came to Three Gaits. We didn't know how old he was
or what training he had. We knew only that he had been
donated to a local school's riding program and because of
the type of riding they did (jumping) he wasn't a good
candidate for them. The school contacted us and asked if we
would be interested.
Sandra and I went out to look at Buddy. Upon meeting him we
were instantly struck by his large, soft, brown eyes. He
blinked his eyes at us and we instantly knew that he was
special and that he needed a home. We bent some of the
guidelines we use in selecting horses for Three Gaits and
decided that we couldn't possibly say no. Sometimes worried,
sometimes even a bit anxious, Buddy's eyes were very much a
window to his soul - and to his enormous heart.
arrived at Three Gaits in July of 1998. One of our
volunteers, Lynn Hanus, took him under her care and spent
many hours with Buddy working with him to encourage him to
enjoy his job at Three Gaits.
became apparent that Buddy's specialty was in classes where
he could be lead by a volunteer. Buddy never seemed to mind
being surrounded by people - he tolerated side-walkers
surrounding him as he patiently awaited riders climbing on
his back, or the thousands of adjustments that his riders
needed over the years.
couldn't have asked for a more predictable horse. He was a
steady, kind, beautiful friend to so many of our riders - I
can't begin to count the number of times I watched him stand
quietly for a new rider. Buddy could always be counted on to
patiently win over even the most timid of new riders (or
apprehensive parents!) with his confident, steady manners
& gentle stillness.
years we limited Buddy's riders to our smaller, lighter
riders but over the summer and fall we noticed many changes
to Buddy's character and activities. He no longer hurried
out of his stall in the morning - instead his arthritis made
it difficult for him to move in the morning. In classes he
was no longer as willing to patiently stand - if even our
lightest riders were unbalanced we noticed that he became
worried and pained. We realized that we could no longer ask
any more of Buddy than he had already given to our program.
The difficult decision to retire him from Three Gaits was
Buddy also became tired. He rapidly lost weight and nothing
we tried appealed to his appetite. It became apparent that
he no longer was able to enjoy any aspect of his retirement.
Buddy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26. This
was a difficult process and decision for everyone at Three
Gaits, but it was very important to us that Buddy didn't
suffer or have to worry about living in pain or discomfort.
contributions to Three Gaits will not be forgotten. I know
that I treasure my memories of brushing him - he had a
beautiful summer coat and loved to be brushed so that he
shone in the sunlight."
Birth: Unknown - 1975?
Horse / Tennessee Walker
Former Owner: Nancy
Arrived at Three
Gaits: July 1998
School Horse Specialty: Buddy
always stands patiently for beginning riders and volunteers.
Life: Most of Buddy's history is unknown to us. He
was named Buddy because he was a "pasture buddy" to
know?: We're not really sure of Buddy's real name,
age, or breed! He's our mystery horse