OREGON – Timmy didn’t mind all the extra chow on May 4 or all the attention showered on him. In fact, he encouraged it.
“He works with special needs kids, so he’s used to a lot of attention,” said Molly Ziegler, a junior and FFA member at Oregon Junior-Senior High School. “He’s a rescue, so we’re not sure how old he is, but we think he’s 9.”
Ziegler and Timmy, an Arabian horse, were part of the FFA chapter’s petting zoo that offered elementary students a chance to see, pet and – in Timmy’s case – feed animals owned by FFA students, as well as to climb on some real farm tractors.
A steady stream of kindergartners from Oregon Elementary School made sure Timmy ate well, shoving hay into his mouth as they stroked his mane.
“We had around 605 kids come through today,” said OJSHS Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor Chelsea Eden. “Some of junior high ag kids were here today too.”