LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
Jondalar was foaled on March 26th, 2013 at 8:54pm by his dam Ayla. Letha named Ayla after the lead female character in the novel series Clan of the Cave Bear. Jondalar was the name of her male counterpart who came along in the second book in the series, the first book of which was a movie.. Ayla was a maiden mare and not as big as Lil Sister who had the first colt in 2012, Pistol; but Jondalar was bigger at the moment he was foaled than Pistol was at two weeks old. For Ayla it was a quite a stretch getting that big boy into the world, but she made it with a little help from Letha. Ayla had never shown any gait, but her dam Castle Miss America had as did an older sibling from America who had also thrown three gaited foals. So we felt there was a chance to get gait from her breeding to our gaited stallion Rhythm; not to mention Ayla is gorgeous and was the American Morgan Horse Association August 2013 breed calendar girl, and the foal was likely to be very nice whether gaited or not. Well, Jondalar was showing strong gait on Day 2 of his young life, and still gaiting at the three week mark. He was still showing gait at times as a yearling, and his looks and conformation were looking very nice as we expected as well. He is now 8 years old as I write this. He and I (Dan) have been together since his birth and are strongly bonded. He has grown to about 15.1 hands and developing into a very nice trail horse with growing confidence, and has his parents looks as well. Showing light gait right now mostly in the form of a flat walk but I think there is more in there to get out of him as he demonstrated as a young colt. He is officially #2 on my two horse riding roster to Pearl but hot on her heals to be #1, though he's doing most of the riding right now with Pearl six months pregnant. He's my Boy and she's my Girl!
Jondalar at 10 hours old.
Jondalar under the watchful eye of mom on Day 2 checking out the scenery in his new world.
Jondalar on Day 2 in the run-out of their stall trying out his legs. Mom Ayla is hot on his tail keeping a close eye on her baby boy! The horse running along in the background is Pearl in the paddock checking out the new kid on the block! The slow motion is to be able to see his leg movement/foot fall to determine the gait he is doing. He is doing a mix of a gait and trot in this video and learning how to work his legs.
The video is 3 weeks later; Ayla and Jondalar are out in the acre paddock with more room to run around and explore in the first half of it and then in the arena during the second half with Letha escorting both times. He is doing a stepping pace in this video.
Jondalar at six weeks old trying to make introductions to Lil Sister when we put the two colts, Jondalar and Pistol, together with their moms for a bit.
Jondalar at three and a half months old in the arena.
Jondalar at 14 months; growing up into a handsome young colt.
Jondalar just over 3 years old here and getting down right gorgeous like his momma and daddy!
Jondalar just over 5 years old ready for one of his early rides. I started him under saddle myself a few months under 5 years old, and all the time we had spent together, doing ground work and clinics, it was a complete non-event. Like we had done it all along and no big deal. A trainer had him 3 weeks a few months later and said take him home and ride him, all he needs is more time under saddle with you who is his bud and started him so well. I was so proud of both us!
Above is Jondalar and I on a ride at Papago Springs just south of Sonoita, Arizona at 5 and half years old. It just keeps getting better with him, my heart horse!!
This Jondalar, now 8 years old, and I on the State Trust Land in Mescal a bit north of the Movie Set area in April, 2020. The Spring flowers are still in evidence some but past their prime and the monsoons have not greened things up yet,
This was a pre-ride I led in June of 2021 with Mia Revis in the Parker Canyon Lake area and around half of the lake itself. You can see the lake in the background just over the front of Jondalar's head. we are getting ready to start descending down to the lake and around the other side of its perimeter.
These two were taken on a ride during a camping trip at Little Elden Springs Horse Camp near Flagstaff, Arizona in September of 2021. He has gotten taller, stouter, prettier, and a much more experienced and steady horse on the trail.
Jondalar's been carrying the load as my number one ride with Pearl pregnant and expecting a foal in early March at the time of this ride. It has given him a chance to really improve and Pearl will be pressed for the number 1 spot when she weans that foal. I'll have two very good horses on my string then to enjoy, and keep in shape too of course!
Another shot of Jondalar and I at Little Elden the next day on another trail. Beautiful place to ride!