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post #1 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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your opinions on morgans

i'm looking at a morgan cross and were wondering wether you had any general comments on the breed. I know it doesn't only depend on what breed a horse is, but it depends on training, experience, ect, but I have heard they are supposed to be very versatile?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 12:20 AM
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Morgans are in my top 3 favorite breeds! Sterling, wonderful horses! Yes, they can do it all, except for endurance, Arabs have the edge on keeping cool, I believe.
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post #3 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 12:59 AM
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I have a 5yr old Morgan. Versatile would definitely describe him, he was started by a Western & Hunt seat trainer, I am doing low level Dressage with him right now and he eventually will be a Jumper for my kiddo. He was originally bred to be a Halter horse stud, completely and utterly failed at that though, goofy, adorable lil guy who is soooooo not stud material!

He's very forward and a bit hot. I've been told this is typical of the breed but since he's the only Morgan I've ever dealt with, I have no idea. He's beyond level headed, when I bought him as a green 4yr old, he had a couple teens riding him and I've tossed my kiddos on for a lunge line ride. He takes everything in stride, no matter what new thing we've thrown at him, he is a wee bit cautious and then when highly praised for his willingness to try, he will proudly do whatever new thing was just introduced (ground poles, side reins, water, etc..). He is insecure and really depends on his rider but he's young and we'll work on it.

I've had multiple offers for him, wouldn't ever consider it.

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post #4 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 01:41 AM
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Morgan's are an awesome breed. I rode one in my lessons, he was super sweet but was over worked by lesson kids so he was really lazy. Morgan's are defiantly one of my top breeds.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 01:59 AM
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I've got a purebred morgan mare. She's the show-type, so she's a bit fancy looking :roll: I love her to bits, but she's a character for sure. All the Morgans I have dealt with (MANY) were good all-discipline horses. I rode a morgan-QH cross for four yrs and did trails, dressage and 3 day eventing on him. We had lots of trail buddies that rode Morgans, they're know for their sure-footedness (is that a word?). I've rarely seen my mare stumble, and we've ridden through some pretty rough ground. One of the teachers at my old HS bred endurance Morgans, and competed with them. They have amazing stamina, and are built to trot. My Morgan has the smoothest trot EVER (gloat ). Actually, she pretty much only trots, but whatever

I do western, dressage and i'm training for hunters as well as the occasional trail ride. I also taught her bareback riding last weekend. All the Morgans i've met have had very strong personalities, so that's one thing I would say you'd have to deal with. My mare is one of those open for anything types, as long as I ask politely. I could probably teach her to pull a cart or something, or maybe do barrels or do some endurance, she'd love it all. I would suggest a Morgan, based on my experiences, as a good all-around horse for people who want a little of everything.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 09:52 AM
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I have a Morgan/RMH cross and he is great! Very intelligent, and as everyone said very versatile. I rode his Morgan mama for lessons and trails, and she was without a doubt the best trail horse I've ever been on, she was like a freight train and powered through anything(Unfortunately she was lost to colic a few years ago) I will say Jack is quite a character, as was his mama, but I think that has a lot to do with how incredibly smart they are. I would SERIOUSLY consider owning a full Morgan or another cross in the future. I would probably go for more foundation bloodlines though, there has been a bit of saddlebred added to the breed making some a bit hotter and more finely built. I like'em stout,lol.
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A girl at my barn had a morgan for a while. The mare was spirited, forward and extremely athletic. A rider with some patience and skill could do anything on her.

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post #8 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 10:01 AM
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I plan on looking at Morgan crosses when I get the money for a horse and I'm done with college and can afford more than one horse. The Morgan and Morgan/QH at the barn I'm at are amazing. Tea (Morgan mare) is about 23 and still running games and winning, yet she could easily do English. She jumps, runs games, trail rides, etc. Lucky (Morgan/QH mare), is the one I'm curretly riding and I believe she jumps, does trails, runs games, and I'm betting she could've been a decent reining horse if she would've been trained as such from the start.
I agree that they're a very versatile breed, and I'm excited to get my own.(:
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Morgans were originally developed to be versatile, so yes, with the exception of endurance they are versatile. As far as the cross you have in mind, it would depend upon what the cross was, and the outcome of the cross...crossbreeding is not very predictable so it would depend upon the horse itself...
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-01-2011, 10:06 PM
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I have a morgan mare & work on a morgan breeding farm, where we have 40-50 horses. They are an extremely versatile breed. We have western, english and driving horses on the farm and some that are multiple discipline. Not a single one of them has a mean bone in their body. But they all have extremely STRONG personalities. And their personalities can vary greatly. They are extremely smart and you can almost see the gears going in their head as they try and figure out different things. They tend not to be the best beginner horses because of their high intelligence and getting relatively bored easily. But they are so much fun to be around!
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