East Texas teen back in the saddle

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
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PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) - The Armstrong family has welcomed a new addition to their family. The good news comes two weeks after their horse, Jody, was dragged behind a vehicle and put to sleep after vets discovered severe internal injuries. Now, the family has been blessed with a new horse to repair the pain caused by Jody's death.

When Brandon Armstrong, 16, faced a sudden goodbye to his horse Jody, it left a void not easily filled.

"It was a long ride home from being put down," said Shanda Armstrong, Brandon's mother. "At first, I didn't think he really wanted another one to replace him, but he liked to ride day and night."

His love for horses is no secret. A relative introduced Brandon to a 4-year-old filly named Katy, hoping a new friend would heal the pain.

"It's been hard, but I guess you just get attracted to another one - just fall in love like you did the other one," said Brandon.

But, these two strangers turned friends give falling in love a whole new meaning.

"It's going to be a long time coming to get her on the riding road," said Shanda. "It's been hard to catch her she just take off running."

"Once I got on her yesterday she tried to buck me off busted my upper lip...but I think we'll come along," said Brandon. "The way she walks, she's got a nice walk on her.

"It took him time for him to get Jody calmed down so I think he got time for her, too," said Shanda.

While the loss of a brother still lingers, Brandon says he is moving on, blessed with a sister.

Family says Brandon and Katy's relationship is growing closer by the day and it will have to.

Brandon plans to ride Katy in the Grand Entrance at the Pittsburg Rodeo this weekend where plenty of eyes will be watching.

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