end of an era.
The Norwegian Fjords Zeke and P.J. were
the founding horses of the B.O.K. Ranch
"The Boys" arrived
at B.O.K. from the same farm in Illinois in 1984. Though often
confused for brothers (all Fjords share the same markings, though their
coloring can vary), they were actually not closely related. P.J., born on
February 8, 1980, was then known as "Ryvar". Zeke, born on May 17,
1981, was "Vilar".
P.J., often considered the
more stubborn of the two,
was a good mount for "active" riders, as he had smooth gaits and ignored
unintentional leg and hand movements. Zeke, "the gentleman", was
more sensitive, with animated gaits ideal for riders needing more
Even as new horses joined the herd
P.J. and Zeke remained the backbone
of the program, slowing down only
slightly as they got older. It was only after over twenty years of
loyal service with B.O.K. that they retired;
P.J. traveled to Jamie's
farm in Colorado in July of 2006, and
Zeke retired a year
later to sunny Paso Robles with Leslie, rejoining Shale.
After a year and a half of
happy retirement, P.J. was sadly
down on December 1st, 2007, after he was
unable to recover from a sudden, severe colic.
him on January 31, 2008, when he was put down following a brave battle
with a rare cancer.