Cory is one of the horses closest to my heart. And I miss him every day.
We bought Cory in 2000 on New Year's Day. 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 Year's 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 and 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 and 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. I think it was the light riding and loving and treats from the barn kids that 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 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.