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post #1 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Changing breeds. Morgans?

I've always worked with Quarter horses and Paints, excepting when I worked for a time at an Arab/half Arab/NSH barn. I think I've had my fill of the stock horses, they are over bred, in everyone's back yard around here and though no horse is perfect, but I'm sick to death of the tiny feet and post legs and other confo faults that seem to be very hard to avoid, just because they are so popular to breed.

Therefore I was considering investing the extra money (1-4K) in another breed, possibly trying to pick up a couple long yearling geldings. I've considered a few breeds and crosses, including draft sport, Arabs, Welshies, (wish I could afford a Canadian ^_^) and Lusitano.

We would be doing flat work (Country, HUS.) I really like the baroque look and I'm looking for a breed that could turn a decent profit (1-2 years with me, I'd like to try to average at least 100% profit from purchase price, so If I got a 2K yearling or green 2yr old I 'd want to turn it around for something like 4K) in sales of pleasure and started-for-show mounts.

I keep going back to Morgans, particularly the foundation bred lines. But I've never even lead a morgan, so I have no real clue about their basic temperaments and trainability. I've read all kinds of breed profiles, but every breed profile says that the breed they speak for is the greatest.

So if someone with experience could give me their opinions on Morgans, or a another breed that that might suit my goals, I would appreciate it. Heh...I fear I'm asking a bit much. ^_^
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 05:34 PM
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I learnt how to ride at a Morgan barn and fell in love with the breed! I ended up purchasing the Morgan I took lessons on and we kept her for for nearly 20 years, until she passed away this past fall. I love how the foundation Morgans are put together.

Showing wise, we did very well in Trail, Dressage, Western Pleasure, and Hunter Jumper. All around horses. Morgan disposition can fluctuate but our mare was a pleasure in all respects (except she loved her food and definitely had cranky days). She was dependable and fun. After me, she taught my younger sister and then my niece.

Sorry I can't evaluate on resale-as we never sold her! And with todays market, I'd hate to speculate.

I would have Morgans any day but had to move on to Warmbloods to show because I'm 5'9.
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post #3 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 05:39 PM
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If profit is your goal then it doesn't make sense to choose a breed that is unpopular in your area. Unless you choose a breed that is so rare people will travel far to get it.
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post #4 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 06:53 PM
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I love Morgans. they ave good feet, usually calm but fiery temperament, and are very smart. just my experience with them! :)
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 07:31 PM
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I'm going to start by saying if you're looking to make a profit, you're in the worng INDUSTRY. You can probably make more money selling dogs than horses.

That being said, Morgans are absolutely fantastic horses. Been around them for years, have had the joys and pleasure of owning and training several of our fantastic broodmares, as well as raising their beautiful Morab foals.

They are calm, quiet, easy going, loving, ALTHETIC horses. To be honest, there isn't much I'd change about the breed. I love raising them, working with them, training them... Everything. They are just amazing all 'round horses!

Thought I'd share a few pics while I was here, as I was out today. ;)

The first is Khocolate - our 2009 Morab filly.
Second is Khrome - also 2009 Morab filly.
Third is DoubleDip - Morgan mare. (Dam to Khrome)
Fourth is Cotton - Morgan Mare. (Dam to Khocolate)
Fifth is Snowdrift - Morgan Mare.
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post #6 of 21 Old 04-15-2010, 07:51 PM
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Morgans are my favorite breed so I may be bias...but in all honesty there is a reason they are my favorite. As someone said before, they tend to be very athletic...I ride for hours on end, sometimes 25+ miles, and never have to squeeze forward or kick kick kick to try to get those horses to move. They are amazing and have such great personality too! They love to work and are a good sturdy, and beautiful, mount! I think Lippitt Morgans tend to be a little naughtier than other morgans...that's just in my experience, though, I could be very wrong.

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Thanks for the input! I need to add that my primary motivation for keeping horses is the pleasure I get from training. I know that the horse industry isnt the place to make a living, but I wouldn't be trying to do that, I'd be happy breaking even or turning a small profit. Thats what I was trying to figure with the sales.

Morgans look wonderful, and the foundation horses are exactly what I would create, you know, If I were god. lol. Maybe I should just visit a nicer Morgan breeder and see if they would let me "try a few out" at thier place.
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I love QHs, but Morgans are my absolute favorite breed. I've ridden quite a few of them and my mom owns one. LOVE them! They are very atheletic, calm, level headed horses. They have the perfect amount of GO and WHOA at the same time.

We have a 25 year old Morgan mare. Two years ago, we got lost on a trail ride for 6 1/2 hours, when we finally came back that old lady went galloping out to her herd mates the minute she was turned out. She wasn't even conditioned then! Now she's got arthritis and it stinks because she could do everything if she didn't have it, but, oh well! She still makes a nice horse to get on and go in the arena and on the trails.

I love the old style foundation Morgans. They look so sturdy and I'm in love with their build. Our lady is an old style Morgan Little miss Dreamer!

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I've never had a morgan myself, but my best friend back in Washington state used to breed old style lippitt line morgans, and she always swore you would never find a more willing breed. I've always loved the build of a morgan and they have such beautiful, expressive faces. They've always been a very comfortable, smooth ride, from the ones I've been on. Like Writer23 mentioned, I'd have one myself if I wasn't (also) 5'9".

And is it me or are morgans exceptionally hearty and long lived? I swear I've known more 35 year old morgans, still working and being rode, than any other breed.

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My gelding is half gaited Morgan. His mama was definitely an old style mare, very solid and gorgeous! Unfortunately she was sold a few years ago and passed due to bad colic. I rode her on the trail quite a bit and she was unbelievable. Go anywhere and do anything, extremely smart, and the best mama I've ever seen!
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