Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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My first horse that I bought with my own money was a 6 yo Morgan cross (1/2 Morgan, 1/4 Standardbred, 1/4 Fox Trotter - or so they said). The Morgan part of her was very obvious - who knows about the rest. She was a level-headed, solid, surefooted, healthy horse who never ever tried any monkey-business with her then 12 year old kid owner (me). We rode alone through BLM backcountry (yes, I was a stupid kid), and no problems. She could really move out and was a blast to ride, but she never did anything until I asked her. She was very forgiving of my less than perfect equitation. She was however, not a horse you could bond with. She didn't fall in love with her human. She was well-trained, reliable, with lovely movement. She had a boring personality.
However, I bought her with a foal at her side. The sire was purebred Morgan, and the foal looked purebred - the sportier type, not the drafty type. She made it very clear that I was her human. A more gentle, intelligent, easy-to-train horse I have yet to meet. I worked her from the ground until she was 3, then just got on and rode her with a halter and never looked back. We rode very rough terrain and I can't remember her ever stumbling or balking at anything. She trusted me wholeheartedly. At that age, I just assumed that horses just load into trailers. The first time I tried to load her, I just led her right in, and that was that. The first time we crossed a bridge, she just went. I thought that was normal. I've had to deal with a lot of horses since her to realize that she was extraordinary. Whether it had anything to do with the Morgan breed, or if it was just her, I don't know. I rode her sire many times, and he was very similar in temperament. When I went to get her to show her to the guy who ended up buying her, she was a mile away. By the time I had hiked out to get her, I realized I forgot her halter, so I did my usual thing and just hopped on and rode her back. The guy didn't even need to ride her - her saw her be ridden down through the craggy, rocky hillsides and creeks naked as a horse can be, and took her on the spot.
I currently exercise a stocky-type Morgan for a friend of mine. He also is very smart, perceptive, and sure-footed. Tough tough horse. But he likes to test his rider. One the rider wins, he's done testing and is a good buy. I also always get this vibe from him that "you're not my mommy. I want my mommy. Who do you think you are, brushing me as if you're my owner". Every Morgan I've been around has been very loyal to their "person".
In a year or so I'll be ready to get my own horses again. If I see a Morgan available, I'll be checking it out for sure.
The pic is my "filly" at age 4, after 1 year under saddle. She loved her job.
Last edited by freia; 04-28-2013 at 05:53 PM.