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A Photo Chronology of Thunder's Retraining

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Thunder's Show Photos - Beginning April 2008
Oct 2007 - Training session over fences
A Photo Chronology: Thunder's retraining
May 12, 2007 - Thunder's first jumps!
Thunder's Race Photos!
Penn National Photos
Thunder Photos - His Arrival and First Weeks
Thunder's Story: The Life of a Racehorse
Thunder's Links
Important Information about Horse Slaughter

It's hard to look at these photos now (and to go out and ride him in person!) and think about how far he has come in the time I have had him.  I always had hope he'd come this far, but sometimes I have to pinch myself, especially when I think about how we haven't really had any consistent instruction.

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The day I met Thunder....Penn National racecourse, December 26th, 2005.

I know he looked a little scraggly and plain, but after spending some time in his stall with him, it was obvious to me that he was more than dirt and bones.

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Thunder's first day with me. He's a little thin and scared.

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Thunder in February, 2006. I got some weight on him...

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Thunder in April 2006. His first weeks under saddle. Notice he's still very tense...

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A much happier, relaxed, and healthy horse....May 2006.

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Thunder in August 2006 after our move to Cedarville Ranch.

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October 2006, Cedarville Ranch

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Oct 2006 - learning the more finite details of being a saddle horse.

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Thunder's first lesson over fences, May 2007. (SEE SEPARATE PAGE for more pics from this day...)

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"I'm worried that the colorful fence and flowers might bite me...but WOW can I jump!"

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Thunder on July 4th, 2007. Much more chilled out about colorful flowers and fences.

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"The Bounce" - schooling over the crossrail in early July. Our usual warmup.

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July 2007 - head on shot.

"Look Mom, I can go to Beijing in '08"
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August 2007 - prepare for takeoff.....

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A nice shot Barbara caught - more August 2007.

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Up and over his first oxer (spread fence) - October 2007.

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Schooling at home in May 2008. This was a still frame pulled off a video...