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'Ol Tunder has come home...

Postby Boots » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:27 am

...and we got a rescue to keep him company, Don Key Hote. They are soaking up the home hospitality and some great fall weather in their new Horsetel.
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Postby bsooner75 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:30 am

That is a 5 star Horsetel!


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Postby Okie Sawbones » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:35 am

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Postby Sailor Kenshin » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:07 pm

What a cool-looking equine!
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Postby OldUsedParts » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:08 pm

Heart WARMing Stuff, Sir Boots - - - I'm hoping that is a fly bonnet and those cannon wraps are just for protection. Nice looking App, my friend. As for the Donk, we had one just like him? - they are Sicilian Donkeys and some folks call them Jesus Donkeys - - - ours was named Jerusalem and he was a sweet heart and the best watch critter we ever had - - - nothing moved on the Ranch that he didn't see and announce. Thanks for sharing those Memory Makers, Sir. :tup: :salut: :cheers:
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Postby Russ » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:30 pm

That horse is a very lucky animal, I've bred and raced Standardbreds for years, and I can tell you none I've seen here get the boots treatment. Most of my ex horses were rehomed as hacks etc. there is an outfit here that specialise rehoming, but not like yours.
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Postby woodenvisions » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:34 pm

Beautiful Animals right there !!

And that woodwork on the stalls deserve some praise as well !!
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Postby Russ » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:41 pm

woodenvisions wrote:Beautiful Animals right there !!

And that woodwork on the stalls deserve some praise as well !!


I too thought that.

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Postby Professor Bunky » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:27 pm

Very nice horsetel!
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Postby egghead » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:34 pm

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Postby Boots » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:29 am

I am told Don is a former BLM baby "rescued" from Nevada, though he does bear the Cross as they say. Joe is an App and the culmination ofmy late Dad's breeding program to create an elegant spotted horse that could sprint with quarter horses and stalk thoroughbreds out to a mile. He figured combining the endurance and feisty spirit of the Appaloosa with the big efficient thoroughbred body would create a super horse, irrespective of the breed. Joe has probably 3/4 thoroughbred and quarter horse blood. His grandfather was seven eights thoroughbred and looked like Secretariat both in size and sorrel color, but had four complete stockings, a snowflake blanket, and a blaze. His pedigree includes all the famous thoroughbred racing sires through Top Deck, which is why I joke that he has a "Whirlaway" tail like a thoroughbred, not those beaver tails that Appaloosas developed after the Mormons bought them from the Army and bred them to Percherons after the Army took them away from the Nez Perce. Given the slump horse racing is in now because the Thoroughbred bloodlines are getting tapped out and they continue to get slower and slower, and because racing lacks breed diversity which would increase public interest, I think Dad was probably a visionary way ahead of his time. If the racing world would give up the old prejudices and start putting big money behind open races with diversified bloodlines, I think you would see public interest dramatically increase again, and performance again start to push the envelope. Just one biased opinion amongst many.

Appreciate the compliments on the barn, I like working with Cedar. Will post photos when the tack room is finished
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Postby OldUsedParts » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:52 am

His Cow Pony Conformation was the first thing that grabbed my eye - - - such an improvement from the Nez Perce breed. He's got nice breeding and is a tribute to your Pop's foresight :tup: :salut: :cheers: :bow:
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Postby Sailor Kenshin » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:14 pm

Boots wrote:I am told Don is a former BLM baby "rescued" from Nevada, though he does bear the Cross as they say. Joe is an App and the culmination ofmy late Dad's breeding program to create an elegant spotted horse that could sprint with quarter horses and stalk thoroughbreds out to a mile. He figured combining the endurance and feisty spirit of the Appaloosa with the big efficient thoroughbred body would create a super horse, irrespective of the breed. Joe has probably 3/4 thoroughbred and quarter horse blood. His grandfather was seven eights thoroughbred and looked like Secretariat both in size and sorrel color, but had four complete stockings, a snowflake blanket, and a blaze. His pedigree includes all the famous thoroughbred racing sires through Top Deck, which is why I joke that he has a "Whirlaway" tail like a thoroughbred, not those beaver tails that Appaloosas developed after the Mormons bought them from the Army and bred them to Percherons after the Army took them away from the Nez Perce. Given the slump horse racing is in now because the Thoroughbred bloodlines are getting tapped out and they continue to get slower and slower, and because racing lacks breed diversity which would increase public interest, I think Dad was probably a visionary way ahead of his time. If the racing world would give up the old prejudices and start putting big money behind open races with diversified bloodlines, I think you would see public interest dramatically increase again, and performance again start to push the envelope. Just one biased opinion amongst many.

Appreciate the compliments on the barn, I like working with Cedar. Will post photos when the tack room is finished


The closest thing I've seen to that is Thoroughbreds and Quarters in the same races at Los Al.
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Re: 'Ol Tunder has come home...

Postby Russ » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:40 pm

Boots, as I said I bred racehorses, I bought the tesio programme and picked what I thought were the keys, I line bred my mares even going back up to 8 or 9 generations, mainly American sires to some of our colonial mares. I think I would have had good talks with your dad. Axworthy and Peter the great were huge contributors. There's great achievement buying a mare that you believe has impeccable bloodlines. Then picking a sire and watching the foal arrive and then eventually race and win. Then to sell it to Australia and watch it win a group 1 race. Your horse is very lucky to live it's life you provide.

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