Barn Buddies!

Hello Everyone!

For those of you familiar with the blog you know I am unable to work or ride because I am pregnant and very limited in what I am allowed to do.

I know I usually write training articles, but it’s not quite the same when I am not really able to be at the barn. So I will now mix in some other things with the training and teaching articles too.

I would like your help readers. If you would like to have your barn buddies featured on the blog send a picture and a bio as short or as long as you would like. A barn buddy can be a person or any kind of animal that is a real character that hangs around the barn. You can e-mail your buddies photo and story to with “Barn Buddy” in the subject line. If you have a website or a blog, I can also add a link along with your barn buddies picture and story.

Here’s one of My Favorite Barn Buddies:

Name: Pugsly
Aliases: Mr. Puggles, Pooh, Chiquito
Age: 9
Breed: Pug
Hobbies: Playing living cone. That means parking his butt in the arena in the middle of a pattern giving you a “living cone” to navigate.
Favorite Food: Pomegranates and tomatoes, yes more than meat.
Vices: Eating horse manure and arena footing.
Tricks: Saying “Mom! Mom! Mom!” When he sees me put my boots on to go to the barn.
Likes: Taking naps, car rides, short walks, children, going on trail rides.
Dislikes: Being left at home and not going to the barn :(

Pugsly showed up one day at the barn with my cousin when he was a puppy. I was at first irritated that she brought a strange dog to the barn. I looked into his eyes, and it was love at first sight. He had patchy hair on the top of his back because he was so infested with fleas. He was only skin and bones. We searched in vain for his owners, so from that moment on he became the barn mascot.

Pugsly now resides in Bath, PA with the his loving family The Castro’s.


About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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7 Responses to Barn Buddies!

  1. EquineSpirit says:

    GREAT post! And…awwww…whatta cutie!! :D

  2. Deanna says:

    Thanks Equine Spirit!
    That’s my pooh bear. I forgot that nickname I use for him too. LOL

  3. EquineSpirit says:

    LOL! Pooh bear fits him perfectly! LOVE it!! :)

  4. EquineSpirit says:

    Hey there…I have something for you on my blog! Check it out! :D

  5. Rising Rainbow says:

    Oh, very cute!

  6. photogchic says:

    So cute Deanna–what a face!

  7. Deanna says:

    Thanks guys!

    What you can’t see from the picture of him on the steps is I am sure he was snoring. He snores like a chain saw when he is sleeping. LOL

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