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Grated Coconut ~ Champion Bucking Horse Retires!

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  • Grated Coconut ~ Champion Bucking Horse Retires!

    Yes, they ARE sporthorses and apparently quite valuable ones.

    Grated Coconut is a 6x champion bareback bucking stallion. His sire was a champion bucking horse, as was his dam and full sister.

    GC has already produced a number of foals who are now top bucking horses as well -- so it seems "buck" is a trait that breeds true.

    He will be retired to Calgary's "Born to Buck" breeding program.

    GC is valued at $300,000!

    Here is a link to an article with more info + a video of GC at work:
    http://www.ponybox.com/news_details....ocount&id=1160

    Enjoy!

  • #2
    WOW, what a thrill he is to watch. Thanks for posting this video of a great one, with a kind disposition to match his bucking ability!!
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    • #3
      Wow, that is pretty impressive!
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      • #4
        A friend of mine from high school married a guy who is a stock contractor and part of the groom's gift from another stock contractor was semen from a horse named, I think, Applejack. He was a bucking horse of the year or some such and they sold breedings to him at the NFR one year. I believe it cost around $10k for the breeding.
        They have now switched over to bulls exclusively and have a genetic banking and selling firm for bucking bulls (http://www.exclusivegenetics.com/), and they also run Bucks by Design where they sell custom embryos or make the cross you want via ET with a recipient herd.
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        • #5
          He is known for having an wonderful temperment and breing great to handle on the ground too! Not to mention steller conformation and through the roof lifetime earnings! Yes stud fees on the TOP bucking stock can go make Moorlands Totilas stud fee look like pocket change!

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          • #6
            I knew about the value of bucking bulls did not realize it also applied to bucking horses. In bulls it is most definitely genetic so I am sure it could be in horses as well. Fascinating, thanks for sharing.

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              #7
              Yeah, in my next life I want to come back as a top bucking horse stallion.

              Don't get started till you are four years old, work about 10 minutes total a year (and inbetween you get to hang out with mares & make babies), then retire at age 13 or so and get turned out on 22,000 acres to screw your brains out!!

              All for being VERY good at something most of us horse people spend decades trying to breed OUT of our animals!!

              I'm thinking Grated Coconut was a very, very good boy in his former live(s)!

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              • #8
                What a cool horse, and an impressive athlete!
                Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan

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                • #9
                  http://www.myhorse.com/world-record-...se-cloned.html

                  Clone bucking...
                  These are Alberta people that own him.

                  Lots of talented breeders in Alberta...

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by stoicfish View Post
                    http://www.myhorse.com/world-record-...se-cloned.html

                    Clone bucking...
                    These are Alberta people that own him.

                    Lots of talented breeders in Alberta...
                    Wow, that's a nice looking foal! There is obviously some serious $$ in good bucking stock.

                    And so much for PETA's theory that it's the flank strap that makes 'em buck....

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                    • #11
                      He's always been STUNNING!
                      http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/710
                      http://ontherodeoroad.com/2010/06/16/

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by RougeEmpire View Post
                        Well, I was talking about the Airwolf clone, but GC is a nice looking boy himself.

                        Not exactly a "modern" type, though, is he? Burly dude for sure. The "Western Horseman" article says he weighs about 1600#!

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                        • #13
                          Whats also impressive was hearing the announcer say that his dam was bucking at that same rodeo and until his ride helping cowboys to arena records. I'm a little surprised after his fame they did not retire her to breeding full time as well.
                          "I would not beleive her if her tongue came notorized"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kyzteke View Post
                            Well, I was talking about the Airwolf clone, but GC is a nice looking boy himself.

                            Not exactly a "modern" type, though, is he? Burly dude for sure. The "Western Horseman" article says he weighs about 1600#!
                            He has a lot of draft in him thats for sure! Yes the Airwolf clone is exceptional too. Im sure most show horses WISH they could be Top ranked bucking stock. High value rodeo horses have THE LIFE! They travel in groups, move in stock trailer, eat like kings, live in true herds and recieve the best of care without all the "fuss". Stock contracts with these horses spare no expense on their care and carefully map out the entire years events. No blankets, no stalls, no shoes, no clipping, no pulled manes, no braiding, no ulcers, no issues and no lunging

                            Its amazing how sound they stay and how LONG many of them keep working, its not uncommon for great bucking horse to work into it's late teens and retire sound as a dollar. Im sure GC could have kept working well into his later years but he has already proven himself, now he gets to retire and run his own harem of mares. Most of the stock contractors still use the time honered traditon of running mares and the stallion together, now days they also collect and ship semen too. How cool is that!

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                            • #15
                              It has always been my secret dream to breed bucking horses... They are so awesome!
                              Not all who wander are lost.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by Kinsella View Post
                                It has always been my secret dream to breed bucking horses... They are so awesome!
                                Mine too! If I won the lottery, that's what I'd do.

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                                • #17
                                  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Grated Coconut. What an impressive horse. I've seen him compete many times but to actually get to see and pet him. He is a big suck that loves to get scratched behind his ears.

                                  He was quite the star while at the vets getting collected. And yes, you could really tell that he was horribly abused. (Sarcasm here!)

                                  Nancy!

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Nancy! View Post
                                    I recently had the pleasure of meeting Grated Coconut. What an impressive horse. I've seen him compete many times but to actually get to see and pet him. He is a big suck that loves to get scratched behind his ears.

                                    He was quite the star while at the vets getting collected. And yes, you could really tell that he was horribly abused. (Sarcasm here!)

                                    Nancy!
                                    How cool is that?! And what a weird combination -- a world-class bucking STALLION who is a cream-puff to be around and handle.

                                    He has to be 1:million!

                                    It will be interesting to see if hewill throw that mellow "but I'll still lawn-dart your a$$ if you try to ride me" disposition to his babies.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Kyzteke View Post
                                      How cool is that?! And what a weird combination -- a world-class bucking STALLION who is a cream-puff to be around and handle.

                                      He has to be 1:million!

                                      It will be interesting to see if hewill throw that mellow "but I'll still lawn-dart your a$$ if you try to ride me" disposition to his babies.
                                      It's a common misconception that bucking horse stock are "wild broncs". They are almost always pretty darn tame and usually pretty well ground broke. HOLLYWOOD has made them into "wild" horses. Bucking stock are totally domestic, usually handled as young stock and totally halter broke. Bucking horses are not bred to be wild or feral. They are bred to have a kind of conformation that created a great buck and great style. They are not much different than race horses really (and worth just as much).

                                      They need to be handleable above all. Stock contractors handle their horses and bulls on a dialy basis. The fact is you can halter, handle, groom and medicate most of these animals with little to no problem. The bulls are more dangerous, but bulls always are. A "wild" or "mean" horse does not make a great bucking horse, a great bucking horse makes a great bucking horse. Temeperment has little to do with it. Just like with top show jumpers, some have great temperments, other will eat you alive. No one likes the mean ones and no one breeds FOR a mean horse (regardless of the sport) but if the horse is stellar and can win win win an acception is made.

                                      There is a lot of draft blood in modern bucking stock, adds SIZE, color, lots of bone and a pretty laid back temperment. Stock contracts have a bred a kind of horse that can buck like the devil out of the shoot but turns into a totally mellow easy going horse when he is not "on the clock". A lot of them have better temperments and manners that a lot of top winning show horses that's for sure!

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by RougeEmpire View Post
                                        It's a common misconception that bucking horse stock are "wild broncs". They are almost always pretty darn tame and usually pretty well ground broke. HOLLYWOOD has made them into "wild" horses.
                                        Well, it's been many, many years since I attended alot of rodeos (mainly to chase cowboys ), but back then the broncs were mainly "handled" via a chute system and were NOT halter broke per se.

                                        They were herded into trailers, etc. and didn't look like they were trimmed very often...they had a typical "natural" hoof, in that Nature and lots of turn-out did the trimming.

                                        And most of them would be VERY willing to kick your head off given the opportunity.

                                        But this was easily 30+ years ago, so maybe that has changed.

                                        I know most of the certainly didn't have the $$value that good bucking stock has today and nobody (that I was aware of) was actually BREEDING bucking stock back then.

                                        But then, rodeo as a sport has changed enormously as well since that time....

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