DENVER — Broncos mascot, Thunder, is getting last minute work-outs in before the big playoff game Saturday with the Baltimore Ravens at S/A Mile High Stadium.
The Arabian gelding is 19 and still in his prime when it comes to helping the fans cheer on the home team.
Owned by Sharon Magness and trained by Annie Judge-Wegner, Thunder has his own Under Armor gear to keep warm as the game could be a bit chilly for humans.
For many who don’t know horses, their hay helps produce internal heat for the critters, so even though 20 is cold for us, not so much for our four legged steeds.
“He has been in plenty of cold weather games and has never had a problem,” said Judge-Wegner. “The Chicago Bears blizzard game about 10 years ago was messy and miserable but he was fine with the weather. Once he gets on the field he knows how to perform.”
Out on the range Thursday, Thunder got a treat: running in the big corral in front of all the other horses on the ranch.
With tail straight up, he pranced and trotted around with extra precision seemingly knowing he will be center stage, no matter the weather, at Mile High in a day or so.
And just so you know, this is Thunder 2, the first white mascot passed a few years ago … in the stall next to Thunder 2 is Shadow who will become Thunder 3 whenever Winter Solstice –Thunder 2’s real name—decides he has had enough of the crowds and cheers at the stadium.