Friday, September 20, 2013

Meet Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt, Justin's horse
The votes are in. By a narrow margin (25 to 23), Justin's horse is named Thunderbolt ("Thunder" or "Bolt" for short, depending on the circumstance). The second-place winner was "Apache."

As far as coloring goes, mahogany bay (a dark-red bay, which includes black markings of mane, tail and legs) won out over the second runner-up of dapple-grey, or grey, since it was brought to our attention that the "dapple" part was only a passing coloring and the horse would end up being some kind of light grey coloring, closer to Snowflake. (Although, the suggestion of "gray with silver mane and tail" sounded intriguing.)

Just for fun, I am giving Thunderbolt a small white "star" on his forehead. Hey, why not?

Need input for upcoming series. The Carters have a stallion named Sebastian. I need to know what he looks like so he can sire a chocolate palomino foal and a cream foal with Taffy. All of you who know lots about horse genetics, please respond with some coloring ideas for Sebastian!

20 comments:

  1. Sounds really cool! I don't know a whole lot about horse genetics but I was thinking maybe these two colors. 1. Liver Chestnut and 2. Seal Brown. Both are fairly dark browns...

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  2. Oh!! I love Justin's horse!! So pretty!! :D

    We had a grey stallion and crossed him with a palomino mare and
    got a very pretty palomino. :)

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  3. I thought you said you were going to have a re-vote after the initial voting???
    ~Leah

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    1. Well, I was going to do a re-vote for sure if there was a tie . . . but I was happy with the top votes so I decided to go with it. Thanks for all the votes!

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  4. Hmmm, he looks a lot like Pandora. I love the name! Sooo,horsey :-)

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    1. Yes, but Thunderbolt is a bay, and Pandora is a sorrel, even though the mane does look a little dark. But you're right, they look similar. I might have to fix that. LOL

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    2. I wouldn't think you'd have to fix it. After all, do you really think that every horse looks completely different than all the others on a ranch? :)

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  5. Oh,i love that name!!
    I have a question, why doesn't Andi have a uncle???

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    1. She does have an uncle. His name is David. He is her father's twin brother. He lives in New York City. He and Aunt Ellen have a son (her cousin) named Daniel, who will figure prominently into Book 2 of the new series.

      Go here; open the PDF file, and scroll down to page 21 . . . Andi's Family Tree. You will see her family tree. Maybe I should create a post of it . . .?

      http://www.circlecadventures.com/Family_Secret_Study_Guide_NEW.pdf

      Their family has not seen much of Andi's mother's side. Maybe somebody can make up some stories about that side of the family if I post the family tree on the blog. :-)

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    2. Ok, thank you.

      Kai(Beth)

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    3. umm, it says James Carter 1822 and David Carter 1825.
      soo they're not twins?

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    4. OK, OK! I created that family tree a LONG time ago. Obviously, it needs an update if I have changed my mind. Hmmm, well, maybe I won't make David James' twin. That would make him too old to have only one son Andi's age anyway.

      Good catch. Will rethink . . . Or I could simply changed the family tree. I think I still have the original file. You have sharp eyes!

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  6. Sebastian could be black or a really really dark brown, like looks black but when in sunlight he is really a dark brown.

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  7. For a Chocolate Palomino, I think that you could maybe do a Palomino stallion with a Sorrel mare, or you could cross a Palomino with a Chestnut.
    (they sound right) :)
    and we crossed a Grey stallion with a Palomino mare and got a palomino from the cross. so maybe that would work?
    (the palomino filly is my most favorite horse ever) ;)

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  8. I have a model horse that is the exact image of Thunderbolt!

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    1. that's cool!
      I have a palomino and a dark chocolate pinto model. I love model horses, they are beautiful!! :D

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  9. Thunder is so pretty!

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  10. I think since dapple grey was second place in the voting, Sebastion should be dapple grey.

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    1. Only if a dapple grey and a palomino can produce a chocolate palomino, which . . . after researching the internet, I'm sorry to say cannot. Sebastian will have to be a liver chestnut, but he doesn't come into the story much, so it's okay. :-)

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  11. One of the horses at the ranch I work at looks just like him but darker! Same face and markings! Her name is Jordan.

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Let Andi know what you think!