If you had ever taken riding lessons at Carousel Park Equestrian Center on Limestone Road, chances are, you had the distinguished opportunity of riding Bucky.
Bucky, a buckskin quarter horse who even had his own blog, “Bucky’s Blog,” was known and loved by everyone who worked at Carousel Park, and by everyone, young and old who rode him.
Sadly, Bucky passed away on Monday, June 11, due to lesions on his small intestines.
He was 28 years old.
Karen Kohlmorgen, the office manager at Carousel, said that Bucky’s greatest attribute was that he loved children.
“He wouldn’t come out of the barn for us but if he saw a child he would,” she said. Kohlmorgen said that Bucky was a “gentle giant” and that she had never seen a child fall off of him. “He was big and wide — he was the go-to horse,” Kohlmorgen said.
Bucky was involved in everything during his long career at Carousel — he taught riders in the Pony Pal Program and was instrumental in the Therapeutic Riding at Carousel (TRAC) program, which offers riding instruction as therapy to those with special needs.
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“He was the ultimate teacher and confidence-booster,” Carly Thompson said, Equestrian Program Coordinator.
Barn Manager Michelle Walker’s eyes began to water as she talked about Bucky.
“He was temperamental, opinionated, but he loved kids,” she said.
“But in my thirty years in working with horses, he was the best therapy horse I have ever worked with. Everyone wanted to ride Bucky. Oh, and his favorite snack was potato chips — he loved potato chips,” Walker said.