Calling all people who like working with a super-smart horse! Flashy Storm doesn’t take life seriously and needs to learn through playing games. Thinking outside the box will be in order to get the most out of this gelding, and using a lot of natural horsemanship or ground training will be helpful in earning his respect and making a connection with him. “Flash,” being young and having high energy, lives life by his own rules and will need a strong, experienced person who has all the time in the world to work with him.
Being a long-term project, we just don’t have the time he will require, so he needs to get settled into a new home and solid routine soon. Looking past his cute face and grey dapples, Flash is not for young riders or anyone who will not stand up and be the experienced leader he requires; if not, he will take charge and try to play with you like another horse–a bit too aggressively. As you earn his respect, he really wants you as a partner and leader; he just doesn’t know how to ask for that yet. There are glimpses of it, however and boy is he cute when he gets it! He will be probably be a fierce friend once he understands and fully trusts you. Unfortunately, he came to New Vocations when weather dictates turnout and he is not outside as much as he should be to help quiet his busy brain (check out his videos of how he entertains himself in his stall).
As brave as he acts in his stall, he is rather a chicken when it comes to new experiences, which is part of the reason he has been difficult to ride. The other issue is that he simply does not want to be ridden right now. He will gladly face new things if you are on the ground to protect him, but not so much when under saddle. The more tired he is, the less of a big deal new things are and he is easier to work with. Maturity and training will change most of that.
He gets along well with his turnout buddy and he likes to play, but his buddy has taught him well the warning signs of when enough playing is enough. Flash retired from racing due to a slab fracture of the knee that was not surgically fixed, but was allowed to heal with almost a year off. He does not have any vices other than he will play with anything you put in his stall (if you consider that a vice!).
Flashy Storm is by MGSW and track record setter Concord Point, who earned $669,000 in 6 starts, 4-1-0. Concord Point is by three-time leading sire Tapit ,who in turn is by Pulpit who is by Hall of Famer A.P. Indy. Tapit’s dam is Tap Your Heels by the Champion Unbrided. Concord Point’s grandsire is champion Boston Harbor, earner of $1.9 million in 8 starts, 6-1-0. On the bottom side of Flash’s pedigree is Storm Boot by Storm Cat and Seattle Song by Seattle Slew.