1 April 2014


Not horses hooves exactly, the blog Hooves. Have I ever mentioned that it is the best blog ever?

As much as I enjoy her usual commentary and insight into conformation, in this case it is the best ever for a different reason. Her latest post was on what breed is best suited to the average rider. Not a person who wants a race horse or high level dressage horse, although the breed she chose can do dressage very nicely, but normal people trail riding, working cattle, driving and showing at lower levels in almost anything. A breed that can stay sound with hard riding and is level headed enough that amateurs can handle them. From that limited description the breed should be recognizable already. Read the blog here.

Of course she chose Morgans!

I have looked back through the comments many times a day enjoying the stories people wrote in with telling of the great Morgans they have experienced. She outlined the reasons far better than I ever could, there are so many. She didn’t mention heart, their willingness to keep going no matter what and how just plain old fun to ride a good energetic Morgan is. I suppose those things are subjective though and she was going on more concrete reasoning.

I am going to steal my favorite comment and post it here. It was to well written not to be read a few more times,ย  I am sure the author won’t mind:

I am what I believe is an average horse owner, have had Morgans for my whole horse life. Starting with a grade gelding when I was twelve, (I will be fifty-six in two months) My first gelding was too much horse for a green twelve year old, but we went on to have many great experiences together as I grew up and was my kids first horse. My first purebred Morgan, a foundation, western working bred gelding, whoโ€™s name was Brandies Tallyjack, just in case his breeder should happen across this, was the greatest horse ever. Got him as a green three year old and had him all his life. Any thing I wanted to try, he would do. When we came upon a team penning practice while out on a trail ride, he became a team penning horse with out having seen a cow before. When dressage sounded fun, he could do that. Parades, no problem. Babysitting, that was fine. And while doing these things people always came to look, and tell me how beautiful he was. He was sound and healthy his whole life. After he passed away, there have been more Morgans in the family, one a beautiful gaited mare, who had to find a new home because of an abscess that we could not fix at our barn (no shoes allowed, no matter why), one gelding who went off to live with our daughter, and now a twenty year old gelding from a Morgan rescue. He has saddlebred out crosses from back in the thirties,I would not hold that against him, he is very obviously a Morgan! He can be intimidating from the ground as he is sixteen two hands, very up headed and alert, but he is very well behaved. Started his life as a country pleasure show horse, spent most of his life as an amish road horse, and now he is learning to neck rein and work off my leg. He is peppy for adults, but trustworthy with the little ones. All that to say, I would agree that Morgans make a great horse for the average owner!

I remember that little grade Morgan gelding he was a perfect first horse. Tally, Brandies Tallyjack, was indeed one of the most beautiful horses ever. He was a dark liver chestnut, nearly black in some lights, with a bright red main and tail. He definitelyย  attracted attention where ever they went. The gelding that came to live with me is my own darling Coyote, my best horse ever.

I am sad to see the comments winding down. It was so nice to join a gathering of fellow Morgan enthusiasts. All of us sharing our love of such a great breed.

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  1. By tellingson on

    Thanks for sharing. Your morgan pictures are beautiful. Nevel looks like a unicorn, so pretty.

    1. By Neversummer on

      It would sure be nice if I had some Tally pictures???

      1. By tellingson on

        I have none in the computer, and don\’t know how to get the ones I have out of the computer \’in\” the computer

  2. By Justin on

    what a good story I no this person and those horse s as much as I would like to agree I believe it is not the breed but the advincher the story\’s the experience what of the horse\’s you didn\’t Minchin the things that aren\’t sed their is much love to give and much more that is needed pees out as Sabbath sees give the gote a hug for Sabbath

    1. By tellingson on

      I agree with you that it isn\’t the breed that is important , so much as the individual horse.
      Horses not mentioned? How bout a really great saddlebred-suffolk cross that stood seventeen two hands, had great bone and conformation, and a great mind. Wish we still had him. But I can think of three quarter horses who were just no good at all, mentally, and two quarter horses that are, or were, very good. A little white foxtrotter that only one of our family really liked, and one very chubby rocky mountain that I think is the greatest. Good sense of humor, too smart for his own good and can be ridden by children, but has no patience for adults who think they can ride. In the end, glad to have had them all.
      Please give the goat a hug from me too!

  3. By Justin on

    Megan laral might s agry that blog hooves is super boring ofcors I have no idea what it is taking about what is happening with the kitchen

  4. By Stephanie on

    my favorite horse was a quarter horse Sally she was the best I learned a lot from her we were going to be trick riders lol right Tammie! I cried the day we had to finger her away because she was no longer able to be ridden. I wish I could clone her, but have her be sound.


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