If 15-year-old Tatiana Sushko has a free minute, chances are you'll find her down the road from her Monkton home spending time with her pony, Scarlet. Her parents, Suzie and Adrian, bought Scarlet when Tatiana was just a year old, and the two have been inseparable ever since. "She always wanted a pony," says Suzie of her daughter, who's a freshman at Hereford High School. "It's been a really nice experience." Tatiana learned to ride on an older pony while her mom rode alongside her and trained Scarlet. As soon as Tatiana felt comfortable, she switched to Scarlet (the older pony is now retired and a family pet). Scarlet and Tatiana participate in eventing -- a sort of equestrian triathlon that incorporates dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country jumping in one competition. "Cross country is our favorite," Tatiana says. "It's a huge thrill to gallop through fields and jump big logs. We also compete at pony races at Pimlico and Shawan Downs." When he's not training or competing, Scarlet loves eating peppermints and letting Tatiana ride him bareback. "All my family loves Scarlet and get along with him," Tatiana says, "but I am his main girl. We have a really special bond." To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to -- Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun
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