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If he were music, he’d be a lullaby. If he were food, he’d be a chocolate chip cookie. If he were a vehicle, he’d be a pickup truck. He is Kodiak, a Gypsy horse. Gypsy horses are a breed of light draft horses ideal for equine therapy programs.
Kodiak, recently donated to Front Range Exceptional Equestrians (F.R.E.E.), could be a poster horse for Gypsies with his sweet demeanor and quiet strength. He will be part of F.R.E.E.’s program offering therapeutic horseback riding to people with special needs.
Kodiak was presented to F.R.E.E. by Charlie and Jan Cox of Parnell’s Irish Cobs in Wellington. The Coxes breed and raise Gypsy horses, and were fostering Kodiak at their farm. The Coxes serve on the Board of the American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation, which donates these unique horses to equine therapy programs. F.R.E.E. applied for a horse, and was chosen from 33 applicants.
Thanks to the Coxes and the American Gypsy Horse Angel Foundation, Kodiak is starting his training for the F.R.E.E. program. His special riders will enjoy many years with this unique horse.
For more information about F.R.E.E. visit www.ridewithfree.org. For more information about the American Gypsy horses visit www.aghba.org or www.aghba.org/angel.