Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Silent Thunder's Homepage

Thunder Photos - His Arrival and First Weeks

Home
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

I am hoping to keep replacing the photos on this page with new ones as I take them!  The first couple photos are from Thunder's first days at Meadowville, and the bottom two are from a month later, in February....

thunderarrives.jpg

Thunder's arrival at Meadowville on New Year's Eve Day, 2005. 

thunderincrossties.jpg

This is day 2 for Thunder at Meadowville, and the first time I put him in crossties. This is a significant photo for me because it shows how much he needs to put on some weight and also it shows the expression of apprehension on his face.  I took this photo about 60 seconds after I hooked him up in the crossties, and I was unhooking him shortly afterwards....I discovered that crossties are not something a racer is familiar with, as they are almost always tied up very closely in their stalls or held by a groom!  I am working on acclimating him to the crossties by tieing him to a single post in the open aisle and letting him get comfortable in the location before using the crossties.

In fact, when I explored the ex-racer resources websites, I discovered commentary on this problem - click here to read and notice question #2!

thundertied.jpg

Here's Thunder tied to the pole - and this is one was taken about one month after his arrival, in February.  I think you can tell in this photo that he has put some weight on and is much more relaxed in his new home.

thundertackedup.jpg

Here he is on the first day I rode him!  He was ultimately very good, but when I first tacked him up he thought he was off to the races.  This photo was taken after our ride. (I tried to get photos in the indoor arena while I was on him but the camera flash didn't work and they didn't turn out!)  I love this photo because you can see how sweet he can be, he's looking for some reassurance.  That's the doorway to his very large stall in the background.