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  • Storm Cat

    I saw a quick mention of the Storm Cat line on another thread and have a question. I picked up a gelding whose dam is by Illinois Storm, by Storm Cat. I have heard that the Storm Cat line can be hot. (The trainer did say "keep him focused. ) But what else about them for the hunter/jumper rings? He seems very smart and athletic, but also seems to want to always push the limits. Any info on them?

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    so your horse is a great grandson, on the mother side? I think that may be a little far back to be looking for genetic behavioral attributes.

    BUT, they can buck! Ask me how I know this.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brooke View Post
      I saw a quick mention of the Storm Cat line on another thread and have a question. I picked up a gelding whose dam is by Illinois Storm, by Storm Cat. I have heard that the Storm Cat line can be hot. (The trainer did say "keep him focused. ) But what else about them for the hunter/jumper rings? He seems very smart and athletic, but also seems to want to always push the limits. Any info on them?
      i have a gelding by Gulch and out of a mare by Storm Bird. He's about as chilled out as they come. he's a total ham and hes pretty much dead quiet. he can randomly be "hot" but i think that every horse has that kind of moment lol. i wouldn't be too worried about it. Race horses are always hot for the first few weeks off the track for the most part. giving them adequate time off for them to become "horses" again is really key to getting their sane brains back.

      I'm sure with time off, and a different work load, a lot of the StormCat's would be pretty decent, quiet horses.

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      • #4
        Look at his offspring on the track, for the most part they seem to be fairly level headed as racehorses go.
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          Alterrain - I really didn't want to hear that! First time I lunged him he threw in a buck that I've only ever seen one other horse equal. Not only were his heels waaaay over his head, but he fired out so hard at the top of it that a hind boot went flying.
          Oh my - I hope he saves it for the lunge line....

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          • #6
            Yes I agree that it is less of a concern as a great grandson, depending of course on the type his sire throws. I have seen A LOT of storm cat offspring/grand-offspring have a major attitude! Of course every horse is different, and not ALL of them are like this, but a fair share get that attitude handed down. And yes. They can CERTAINLY buck.
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            • #7
              Storm Cats have a reputation of being inconsistant, can be nice and quiet one minute, totally nuts the next. In your guy, its kind of far back to really matter, but I've ridden some with the Storm Cat closer up that have been some of the more unpleasant rides. *shrug* but I've yet to see one that wasn't really athletic. For better or for worse. Lol
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Timex View Post
                Storm Cats have a reputation of being inconsistant, can be nice and quiet one minute, totally nuts the next. In your guy, its kind of far back to really matter, but I've ridden some with the Storm Cat closer up that have been some of the more unpleasant rides. *shrug* but I've yet to see one that wasn't really athletic. For better or for worse. Lol
                agreed . I forgot to add that they tend to be superb athletes. If you think about it, to buck like that, you kind of have to be athletic . I have a storm cat grandson as well, but his sire is also known to throw the same attitude, so it is pretty potent I guess in his genes. He is textbook storm cat line. They will try their heart out for you, but don't expect it to be without some antics and attitude.

                I also agree about the inconsistency. You never know what you will get from day to day with some of them. And in my experience, they dont grow out of it with age.
                True love is taking their pain away and making it yours
                ~rest in peace momma (7/5/08)~
                ~rest in peace thomas (6/2/11)~

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                • #9
                  I'll be nicer than most (and it was my original comment that sparked the thread ). I think they can be a horse with a lot of "Game ON" drive and desire to be mentally and/or physically challenged. Storm Cat's prepotency is part of the reason so many of his offspring are good at their jobs and that Game ON drive is part and parcel of the deal. That's a good trait in the jumper ring, but it can work against you in the hunter ring.

                  That said, first, second, third or fourth generation, every horse is an individual and may not have read the memo about their antecedents, so you have to judge them all as individuals. But everyone comes to the table with their biases, and it's a fact some horses will have to go the extra mile to prove they are your type of horse. Case in point, I like some Mr. P lines, but I find a lot of his sons/grandsons trend towards a downhill build. But conformation is not exactly a hidden asset/fault like personality. If the horse is at least 3, you should be able to figure that one out for yourself.

                  I will say that another dominant trait in the storm cat line is a lovely uphill build found in so many of his offspring standing as sires. That's a good thing, so tricky temperament notwithstanding, there's a reason to focus on the line (uh, that and the fact it's hard to avoid).
                  Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                  • #10
                    This is such an interesting thread! I also rode a grandson of Storm Cat for a while, and most of these descriptions of Storm Cat offspring fit him *perfectly.* Overall he was a great guy who was levelheaded, calm, and sweet as could be. That's why I fell in love with him, BUT he was at times unpredictable , and Oh. My. Goodness. He could buck! And when he did, it came out of nowhere… he went from being totally quiet to suddenly letting loose.
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                    • #11
                      not to hijack or anything, but this is my stormcat grandson, to give you an idea of their bucking abilities

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                      • #12
                        I have a Storm Cat grandson. Has the Storm Cat look and from what I have learned, the traits as well. Definately a Game On horse, VERY athletic, Very smart but can loose focus quickly. Yes, can buck but that is usually do to something I have done. Does not buck to be a jerk, rather upset about my ride or lack of proper communication.
                        I agree with the amazing, wanting to work attitude one minute, then Yahoo and silly the next. Happens to us often but I love horses like this. Who wants the same ride every day? My guy keeps me focused and constantly learning. We teach each other. I adore him! If this is what all Storm cat babies and grandbabies are like, send them all my way!
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                        • #13
                          Fleur de Duc, is he by Tomorrow's Cat?
                          In many cases when you are looking at a grandson/daughter you have to look at the rest of the pedigree as well. Tomorrow's Cat stands in NY so I've seen plenty of his babies, and most seem pretty level headed (the above pics nothwithstanding!) OTOH, I have it on good authority that the Giant's Causeway's are stubborn, thick loons who will argue at any turn.
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                          • #14
                            I ride a Storm Cat grandbaby and he is one of the most laid back TB's I've ever met. Very sweet and trustworthy, will do anything you ask and can truly take a joke. He is by hennessy and out of Island Splendor.

                            His First Show -

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Linny View Post
                              Fleur de Duc, is he by Tomorrow's Cat?
                              In many cases when you are looking at a grandson/daughter you have to look at the rest of the pedigree as well. Tomorrow's Cat stands in NY so I've seen plenty of his babies, and most seem pretty level headed (the above pics nothwithstanding!) OTOH, I have it on good authority that the Giant's Causeway's are stubborn, thick loons who will argue at any turn.
                              Yes hes by Tomorrows Cat, and his mom was on the loopy side too. But I must say, even though he is a grandson, that attitude and mentality has been passed down 100%!
                              He has moments of what I could swear be levelheadedness .... but then leaf will blow by or a bird with fly above and all logical thinking goes poof
                              True love is taking their pain away and making it yours
                              ~rest in peace momma (7/5/08)~
                              ~rest in peace thomas (6/2/11)~

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                              • #16
                                I have a 10 yr old Storm Cat grandson on his sire's side (sire is Sir Cat, damsire line is Two Davids) and I bought him when he was 4. Mine has never thrown a buck under saddle while I have owned him just these silly little hoppy things that don't even qualify as a buck.

                                He was very spooky as a youngster but the right feed program and B1 vitamins helped a lot and he has grown out of it. Now he only spooks when he's bored. He's become a very mellow horse. We usually say he thinks life is a stroll in the park. He loves doing more difficult work, asking him to do lateral work while flatting really makes him pay attention and try, and over fences he loves doing more difficult turns.

                                He showed Hunters for 4 years and we decided to take him in some jumper schooling classes this winter. He had a blast and will be doing his first outdoor jumper show in a little over a week.

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                                • #17
                                  Ahhhh, gotta love those Storm Cat babies!

                                  My horse is a grandson of Storm Cat, he sire is Forest Wildcat (RIP ). BOY can my horse buck ! Alterrain, I feel your pain! His handstands would be ALL 10's by a gymnast judge .

                                  I've decided (after reading this month's PH) my horse is more of a "prankster" than hot. But he needs to stay focused and likes to see what he can get away with. He's the type of horse that makes me wish that sometimes soon a form of Ritalin will be made for horses .

                                  I also agree with Timex though, they definitely have their good days and bad days. Sometimes he's as perfect as can be, and other times he's a nightmare.


                                  Although he may have his quirks, he is the sweetest boy on the ground.. with the personality of a lap dog. And he's very athletic too (just sometimes he should exert his athleticism in the better ways ) But he's the type of horse that I wouldn't give him up for the world.

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                                  • #18
                                    My 4yo gelding is a great-grandson of Storm Cat and he is the most laid back, level headed horse I've seen. I was told that they were actually using him as a pony horse at the track before I got him - he was barely 3. He broke from the gate the 2nd time they ever put him in it, he just didn't want to run. In the year I've owned him, I've yet to see him buck or do anything stupid. He's quiet as an old dog. I would gladly take 10 of him any day.
                                    Cindy

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fleur de duc View Post
                                      not to hijack or anything, but this is my stormcat grandson, to give you an idea of their bucking abilities

                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1014840029
                                      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1014840029
                                      Those are great pictures!

                                      Does he do that with somebody on his back??

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by fleur de duc View Post
                                        not to hijack or anything, but this is my stormcat grandson, to give you an idea of their bucking abilities

                                        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1014840029
                                        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1014840029
                                        Our boys sure are related ! I have to get a picture of my guy's handstands. They look identical. Hahah

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