My full name is “Blue Viking” but everybody calls me “Blue”–even though, as you can imagine, my coat is not really what you might think of when you think of the color blue. I’m really a mix of black and white, but sometimes when the light is just right, I almost look silver or blue.  Or, some might say I’m more of a “flea-bitten” gray.  “Flea-bitten” might sound even stranger that “blue” to you.  It certainly sounds painful!  But really it just means that I have a white coat with small freckles of darker color all over.   Don’t worry, I don’t have fleas!

I came to Open My World in 2012 and have loved every minute of it.   I love to make friends. There are so many nice people that come here for therapies that I get to make a lot of friends.  If you come visit me, please bring a carrot with you.  It’s a great way for us to get to know each other.  (And besides, I really, really, really, love carrots!)

I’ve had a lot of different jobs in my life.  I used to do a lot of rodeo shows.  I was often in the show ring where my rider showed off my many skills. Some of these included western pleasure, English pleasure, hunter and even barrel racing! Each of these types of riding are very different.  But, I loved learning different things because I’m pretty smart.  It is so  interesting to learn new things and try to demonstrate them in a show arena. But, working at Open My World is even more interesting.  Here I have found that people really need my help.  The work we do together helps improve their health and even their lives. And though it is work for both of us, it can be lots of fun.  We often ride through trails and stop to explore the fun activities set up along them.  It is all great fun.

When I’m not working, I love to PLAY.  I especially love when it rains because my favorite game involves playing in the mud!   It feels so great to roll around in the mud and kick my long legs into the air.   Afterwards, I get a good bath, which I don’t mind at all.  But, as soon as I get the chance, I will head back to a mud puddle and start all over!

Like all horses, I love to eat and I know that it costs a lot to take care of a horse because besides food we need bedding, veterinarian and farrier care.  And then there are the special things we need to do our work–like saddles, bridals, fly masks, and reins. Just to give you an idea of what it costs for regular maintenance:

  • Every six weeks, hooves trimmed or pedicure ($30)
  • Daily bedding change (to keep feet clean and healthy) 7 bags per week ($42/week)
  • Daily feed, 16 lbs of hay ($14/day or $98/week)

That totals up to $870 every six weeks! Would you like to help with a donation to help take care of my needs?

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