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post #21 of 36 Old 07-31-2014, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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That's interesting about the Welsh Cob heritage. I actually had a hard time deciding between getting a Morgan or a Welsh Cob. I guess I got both in the same package ;)
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Just FYI I do not think this mare is of the stocky type but rather the newer type show horse. Very different. I do not see stocky in this mare but I do see an overweight horse. Not obese, not very overweight, just overweight and the owner is looking to manage that which is good. Stocky does not equal fat.

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Modern style (both stallions..methinks this one is a little overdone):
Thank you. Ana's sire is from the UVM line so that's where she gets her long model legs but her dam is from the stocky Morgan side. When Ana gets too thin she looks like a yearling. People at the barn couldn't believe that I actually ride her because she seemed so small. It seems like the second stallion maybe has more TB blood and that's the source of those long lean legs.
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OMG I totally saw UVM in there lol. I wasn't going to say that because I didn't want to sound like an idiot. Pat on the back to me, lol.

She definitely has the delicate look but I like her much more than the bottom (GCH) stallion pictured :)
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OMG I totally saw UVM in there lol. I wasn't going to say that because I didn't want to sound like an idiot. Pat on the back to me, lol.

She definitely has the delicate look but I like her much more than the bottom (GCH) stallion pictured :)
Here is her pedigree:

Scandias Angel Eyes Morgan
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VERY nice . Definitely a fan. Let me know if you get sick of her! I looked up her parents too so got a nice visual of the names I didn't know. Love both of them. The sire is lighter but still plenty of substance.
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VERY nice . Definitely a fan. Let me know if you get sick of her! I looked up her parents too so got a nice visual of the names I didn't know. Love both of them. The sire is lighter but still plenty of substance.
Here is Ana when she was a foal with her mom. As you can see her mom is very broad, like a foundation Morgan.
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Hehe such a cute foal. Her expression makes me giggle! So proud of herself!
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I think Ana is probably more like the breed was intended to be - some of the ones I've seen look far too narrow and lightweight to have ever had the strength to pull the weights that the original Morgan is said to have done - but too stocky and they wouldn't have had the speed
The Morgan that Eitan Beth-Halachmy rides is stunning and my idea of a dream horse
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I forgot to mention that she's Morgan and apparently they are the poster child for IR. Some Morgan owners say that all Morgan's have IR but some are not symptomatic. So I figured better safe than sorry and added the supplement and reduced her feed.

It is true Morgan's are Poster Children for IR but, so are Arabs. Yet I have a 28 year old Arab who shows no signs in his blood work of high insulin or cortisol levels.

There are exceptions

That said, your Morgan looks great and it once upon a time, I'd say she is "bout near perfect" but these days I have two formally diagnosed metabolic horses, so if she lost a few pounds, it wouldn't hurt her

While I understand and sympathize with the barn owner's "one size fits all". It really is a stupid crock of you-know-what-concept. Its ONLY well-served purpose is the ease of feeding for the barn help.

In this day and age, the barn help AND the BO should know exactly how much that scoop of feed weighs on a scale, for starters.

Second behind that, I understand that some horses in the boarding barn are probably being schooled pretty hard and can easily tolerate the grain in that feed.

However, the barn owner should wise up and supply a low starch ration balancer for the horses who don't do much of anything. As hard as I used to trail ride, I was basically a weekend warrior because I worked 40 50 hours thru the week. More than one vet said my horses were being over-grained and would never burn all those calories up, so I cut everyone way back.

THAT conversation was in the late 90's, long before everyone was discovering they had horses with metabolic issues

Yes, this is a rant against your BO for that idiotic "standardized feeding program. She needs to offer at least two feed programs:

1. Feed for horses in serious, every day work.
2. Ration balancer for horses not doing much of anything and need low starch.



EDITED TO ADD: You posted those adorable pics while I was typing. I love love love the old Lippit Morgans. Ana's dam looks to have Lippit breeding. Years ago, I had a backyard bred Morab who was Eyptian Arab and Lippit Morgan cross. He was a solid blood bay and the most adorable, loving, loyal horse. I laid him to rest when he was 27 due to low ringbone from his previous owner's sons racing him against cars on the macadam road:(

A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.

I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.

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What the heck? :O Baby Ana is the cutest thing ever ;-;

Subbing to see how this all pans out :>
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