I knew at birth from the first time I saw him that Soldier
would be the horse of my dreams. I only knew him for 17
days prior to my leaving for Operation Iraqi Freedom. I
am in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed for over one
year. When I returned Soldier was a yearling. During my
deployment Jim would keep me posted about the boys, farm
and lastly always updates on the young Soldier. Soldier
was such a special one, a once in a lifetime horse. I knew
from day one he was different, he had a sense of boldness
about him, a lovely intelligent eye, and the genetics to
make him a "great one". He was to be named Kansas Buffalo
Soldier; a powerful name I had retained for that once in
a lifetime horse.
When I returned from my deployment I looked at my "grown"
yearling Soldier. I let him go in pasture to play with the
others. Then I watched him move, basically for the first
time as a yearling; he took my breath away. His movement
was mesmerizing. I had to just watch as his movement was
stunning. He was a combination of his sires elegant movement
coupled with the strong powerful trot of his dam's line.
My assessment of Soldier was just a reconfirmation of what
I believed. Soldier was to be one of our greatest horses;
he was for sure a "Special One" a gift to us from the heavens
Prior to my leaving I taught Soldier some ground lessons
like tying, backing, side-passing and turning on his haunches.
I teach all of my babies these essential items soon after
birth. I found it amazing that Soldier only had these lessons
for the first 17 days of his life. He was basically untouched
for over one year and then when I returned I put Soldier
through his paces to see what he remembered. He remembered
it all. I found it truly amazing that a 17 day old foal
would have such a high retention rate.
Soldier is now coming three years old. Each day he becomes
more and more beautiful. I still have to stop in my tracks
to watch him move; mesmerized by his beauty and motion.
When Soldier is fully mature he will resemble his "Uncle
Beau" coupled with a bit more elegance from his sire. He
will mature approximately 15.2 hands. As a coming three
year old he stands approximately 15.1, has an intelligent
soft brown eye, straight legs with excellent bone, good
strong hooves and a huge powerful rear.
Since Soldier is still maturing and growing. I have had
fun doing some light training with him and taking photos.
I will include photos of Soldier from birth on up; but very
few during the time I was deployed. I hope you enjoy the
photos and stories of our lovely Soldier. You will see through
photos and stories how much of a personality this horse
has. He is comical, clown like and sometimes almost human.
His depth of knowledge surpasses his age. You will also
notice how he possesses great intelligence and trainability;
very much comparable to a Border Collie. Soldier loves interaction
and attention. He displays the kindness of a kitten and
the beauty and movement that one can only dream about.
Watch for stories and updates of Soldier as he matures.
Suzanne Avery DVM