(KS Bluestem The Old Guard X Coral Forest)
2020 chestnut gelding, 100% Foundation
Pictured at 16 months old, August 2021
Foaled at 10:45 PM (on Coral's due date)- it's a chestnut colt with a star and one hind sock! Unfortunately
Coral retained her placenta so there was a 3 AM emergency vet visit. The next afternoon I went out to feed at 5:30 and Coral
was acting colicky and lo and behold there was this obvious piece of placenta in the middle of the stall! And NO manure in the stall all day.
So Jim went and retrieved the larger, thought-to-be-complete placenta from the compost pile (fortunately still intact and not scavenged by anything but a few ants) and
turns out even after having the vet come last night due to the retained placenta, Coral still had had the tip of one horn of the
placenta in her!!! We called the vet- AGAIN. There was no call back for awhile so we called another vet (who used to be the backup
for our vet who retired in February, so we'd seen them before). Dr. Elliot came right out, sedated Coral and gave Banamine, lavaged her uterus,
gave her oil and water orally since she was mildly impacted as well, and put her on antibiotics and pain meds for at least the next week. Thankfully no fever.
The lavage process was repeated over the next five days.
Thunder is a very people oriented colt, smart and easy to work with. He will almost certainly be
over 15 hands at maturity.
With three wonderful gaits- including an incredible suspended trot- we
will be an excellent CDE, dressage or CT competition horse.
Thunder has no modern outcrosses in his pedigree- he is 100% Foundation. His maternal ancestry features several horses that had great influence in southern breeding
fifty years ago, such as the beautiful Adrian Ashmore and Pineland Red Roger, a son of Jolly Roger (Joe Young's foundation stallion) out of the Sonfield daughter Princess Field.
He also has two crosses to the great palomino stallion Californio.
Thunder has some wonderful Lippitt breeding through Lippitt Miss Nekomia, Lippitt Ashmore, Lippitt Ethan Ash,
Lippitt Moro Ash, and Lippitt George; old government through Devan Hawk, Gay Dancer, Linsley and Querido; old midwest with Dude Hudson
and Archie O; Western Working from such greats as Headlight Morgan, Red Oak, Will Rogers, and The Admiral; and numerous crosses
to such old Brunk greats as Flyhawk, Allen King and Knox Morgan. His sire's side is linebred
old midwest through the Sweet's horses, and his tail male line goes to
the great National Pairs Driving Champion, Kennebec Count.
Thunder will become long time friend Kate Cabot's future CDE
horse. We are very excited to see where Thunder and Kate's adventures take
KA Bluestem The Old Guard
Kansas Buffalo Soldier
Kell's In Kirby's Honor
Sweet's Jada Babe
Sweet's Jet Hawk
T-Bone Card's Fancy
World's Edge Goldoak
Ponderosa's Miss Quiz
Thunder's extended pedigree can be seen
here. There are pictures of many of his ancestors there as well.
6 days old, in the big pasture for the first time
Three weeks old, showing his amazing suspension at the trot
More photos of Thunder (click on a thumbnail to enlarge)
April 22, 2020- Coral greeting her newborn colt, about 11 PM, and a short while later before we knew anything was wrong with her.
April 24, 2020- Thunder spent his first 48 hours in the stall since Coral needed treatment for her retained placenta and we wanted to keep her relatively quiet
lest she run a fever. She was quite
vigilant about "protecting" Thunder from neighboring horses and took about a week to fully settle and relax. Thunder enjoyed his first excursion outside even if his
Mom was a little worried about him!
Thunder is tuckered out after his first day out!
April 28, 2020- In the bigger pasture for the first time at 6 days old.
With more room to run, he is definitely channeling his inner
This is a lovely moving colt. I think his carriage shows a bit of his Hearst Arabian
heritage that comes through Coral's sire's side back to the stallion Sabab.
Coral had her 5th and final uterine lavage the night before these pictures were taken. She is acting more herself every day.
Official "6 days old" picture. There is much to like here. Brad Brownlow, a long time
Morgan breeder, commented on this picture on Facebook: "Fantastic colt, a Morgan at first glance, so correct, bet he can
tip his head right over at the poll, mark of a real saddle horse!"
May 6, 2020- two weeks old.
May 14, 2020- Ariel and Thunder have become great friends through the fence. I'm not sure I'll actually put then in the same field together because they will eventually have to be separated
when one or the other goes to a new home, so it is probably better that they are not TOO attached.
May 14, 2020- three weeks old and looking ever so handsome!
"I believe I can fly..."
May 21, 2020- Thunder one day shy of his official one month birthday. He is pictured after his leading lesson of the day, wearing the halter that all of our foals- from the very first one,
Willy Remember Me, in 1986- have worn as their first halter.
June 5, 2020- Thunder is now 6 weeks old. Some big rig action at the neighbor's got their attention.
Thunder is getting some stripes on his white hoof.
June 7, 2020- Thunder and Ari got a visit from Jim's friend Lamar and his daughter Mary Grace. Thunder enjoyed the extra scritchies!
June 23, 2020- Thunder is now two months old. His mane and tail have dark roots
growing in, and he is shedding out dark on his face- hint that his final shade of chestnut might be more liver than red.
July 1, 2020- The little family taking a snooze on a hot summer day.
July 9, 2020- Why neither Coral or Topaz can wear a fly mask this season!
Thunder is a HUGE, solidly built boy.
Meeting The Big Ball.
July 24, 2020- Thunder has a beautiful profile, but he always wants to face me-
so working by myself, I can't seem to get a good side
view shot of his head. The last picture shows it best, even though it is blurry (cropped down from a full body running shot).
Thunder's foal coat is mostly shed out and it looks like he will indeed be a darker shade of chestnut. The trot picture reminds me of a very expensive warmblood foal- and he moves like one, too!
Thunder hangs out more with his grand dam Topaz than he does his own mother. Sometimes that does not work out so well for Topaz,
but she has the patience of a saint.
August 4, 2020- Kate sent Thunder a Jolly Ball in the hopes he would take some energy out on it rather than poor Topaz. I had to hold it for him to get him to bite on
the handle. It took a few minutes but he got the hang of it and played a bit with his new toy. It keeps moving around the pasture so I know he's
using it even if I don't catch him at it!
August 4, 2020- Watching Ariel and the tarp. Your turn with that tarp is coming, Thunder!
August 27, 2020- Thunder is now four months old. Weaning day is coming up soon.
October 1, 2020- Thunder has been a weanling for 4 days now. Like Ariel, he had a couple of weeks of being apart from Mom
during the day (he was in a pasture beside her and she was in
our drylot) but back with her at night, so when the time for final separation came, it wasn't a huge deal. He can still touch her over the gate if he wants to.
Thankfully this went much more quietly than the Charli-Ariel weaning!
October 13, 2020- Thunder got a new friend a week or so back. It is interesting to compare their colors.
Even though they both look chestnut, only one of them actually is. Charli is
genetically black with
a silver and a cream dilution gene, and Thunder is chestnut. You can see he has more red tones than she does.
November 27, 2020- Thunder met a new "thing"!
More pictures taken on November 27. Thunder turned 7 months old a few days ago. He is looking more like a yearling than a foal now.
December 9, 2020-Yesterday was an eventful day in the life of Thunder.
He became a gelding.
He got his second round of shots too. So far so good but I must be
vigilant for another few weeks to ensure there are no complications with
the incision. Today he was moving well and seemed content. This was
taken this afternoon.
December 25, 2020- Merry Christmas from Thunder! He had outgrown my weanling halter already so Kate bought him a pony sized halter, shown here.
February 25, 2021- Thunder was very curious about my NaMoPaiMo model that I had set up on a fencepost for photos.
March 15, 2021- Thunder and Charli (who takes no sh*t from her underling, ha ha!).
May 16, 2021.
August 6, 2021- Thunder is fascinated by Leelee. I expected him to act silly when he saw her cavorting around, but he has been very calm. Of course Kyrie is right there with him. She is very maternal. Leelee will be her
new charge at weaning time, as Thunder will be off to training for driving soon.
August 18, 2021- The friendship between Leelee and Thunder continues.
August 27, 2021- Thunder's owner, Kate Cabot, finally got to meet him!
Due to Covid 19 and concerns over travel (she lives in the Boston area), it had not happened before now. We had a fun weekend
together and Thunder got a lot more attention than usual. He really
enjoyed the grooming gloves that Kate brought. She got him several new toys as well-
the rubber chicken was surprisingly not exciting, despite the horrific
noise it makes! A fun time was had by all! Thunder heads off to Florida for the start of his basic training for carriage driving with Larry Poulin in October.
March 2022- Thunder was off to Florida (thank you Lucy Ray for transporting him
safely and dealing with both of his worried "Moms"!) at the end of October 2021 and trainer Larry Poulin quickly had him ground driving and
learning other skills. By the time owner Kate Cabot visited in March 2022 Thunder had been hitched and driving for a couple of months. A tribute to his character
and breeding, being not even officially two years old until April. We are SO proud
of him! Thank you Larry Poulin for the careful training you are giving
Thunder, and to Kate for your leap of faith in purchasing Thunder at just
a few weeks old. We are so excited for Thunder's future! (photos
courtesy of Kate Cabot).
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