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2013 Gaited Chestnut Gelding
(Misouri's Silver Rhythm x Ayla)
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. 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 (the AMHA August 2013 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 is still showing gait at times as a yearling, and his looks and conformation are very nice as we expected as well.
Video 1 - Jondalar at day 2.
The below first video of Jondalar was taken during just Day 2 of his life, his first full day out in the the run-out pen most of the day. Already this young man was gaiting up a storm and very strong and energetic for only his second day in the world. We are amazed at how big and strong he is this early, and with good strong bone. We are very pleased with this cross of Ayla and Rhythm.
Video 2 - Jondalar at 3 weeks old.
This video is of Jondalar during his third week showing his physical progress and state of his gait at the three week mark. He is still showing strong gait and a little variety in it to our eyes. He is also still bigger than his nearly two week old half brother Pistol, and a little more reserved and cautious too; calmer, but quite friendly.