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post #6981 of 8021 Old 11-11-2017, 11:34 AM
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Today I drive down to Arab to pick up M&M. I'll post pics (if I remember to take them!) later. Sure hope he's the horse I remember!

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post #6982 of 8021 Old 11-11-2017, 11:16 PM
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Singlefoot is very smooth - no bouncing up/down as with a trot --- it got its name because there is a point during footfall that only one hoof is on the ground:)

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If you know the person in Michigan well enough, I would try and get a better video of Sunshine moving out beyond a walk but not in a canter. Not on a lunge line either. It's best if the horse is moving at liberty when determine if there is another intermediate gait.
@walkinthewalk I took your suggestion to heart and my son was behind the camera (phone) for this video (mute to watch without the mother-son banter). I'm going to send it to the Morgan person in MI.


@bsms I'm so glad Bandit is better. I'm still stiff with the occasional limp.

@Change I look forward to seeing the photos of the Arabian.

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To @bsms and all others who have served, thank you.
Yes, thank you for your service.

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post #6983 of 8021 Old 11-11-2017, 11:31 PM
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Our granddaughter's first ride:


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post #6984 of 8021 Old 11-12-2017, 12:50 AM
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@Pearl5 , I watched the video three times --- I think there's another gait there. I think if Sunshine were worked by someone who knows and understands other intermediate gaits and wants to bring it out, Sunshine could do something besides trot.

I will be anxious to hear what your friend in MI thinks:)

Great job in your son's part


@bsms your granddaughter is doing great for her first ride! She's just "dancin' along to the music", comfortable as she can be


@phantomhorse13 phone always has his ears up --- he must be an easy going/willing horse to work with --- his face a,ways looks happy:)

That buck is really nice! I hope he gets missed during archery and gun seasons. Do your schools close for first day of deer with a gun? When I lived in Mercer county that was a holiday -- most of the kids and a lot of the teachers ditched to go deer hunting so the school board finally gave everyone the day off. That was in the late 90's, the ruling may have been reversed by now, lol


@Change . Is the horse home? Pictures?

@weedlady . I used to road ride during hunting season but I still wore orange and had an orange ball cap with holes cut for my horse's ears. With all the nut jobs in today's world that don't know how to hunt, I wouldn't ride during hunting season, even if I was able to ride.

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #6985 of 8021 Old 11-12-2017, 06:39 AM
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@Pearl5 - M&M is a dual registered Spotted Saddle Horse/Tennessee Walker. Arabs are too smart for me.


I arrived at my friend's to find M&M in a 40 acre pasture with 3 mares and a BULL. And smart enough to recognize a halter in hand. Luckily, his favorite mare (a lovely QH whom I plan to steal someday) was easy enough to catch, so we led her out of the pasture with M&M following, and into the barn where there wasn't any chance of his avoiding me. Once caught, he was a complete gentleman (when I could keep his attention on me rather than the mare that my Son returned to the pasture). He loaded easily and hauled well. When we unloaded, I checked armpits and chest for sweat to see if he'd been nervous on the ride and nope: Nice and dry. Hooray for that! Put him into his new yard and he immediately was nose down and nibbling the grass. I called that relaxed.

My two, on the other hand, were Very Interested in the New Horse and paced their fence across the driveway, following M&M's every move right up until dinner time. Then, of course, following the food into the barn was MUCH more interesting. And M&M suddenly realized they had disappeared and he was the one whickering. Until his Bermuda dinner landed at his feet. When I checked a few hours later, the horses were chillin' across the drive from each other.

I didn't get pictures yesterday as I was too busy trying to catch him and get him loaded so we could get home before dark. He's badly in need of a good grooming and his hooves are in need of a trim so today will be a spa day and a bit of discovering how well he remembers what I know he should know. And before and after pictures.

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post #6986 of 8021 Old 11-12-2017, 09:06 AM
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As promised, the Before pictures.


MMday1-1.jpg

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After breakfast, he'll get his grooming and we'll do some ground work. He's a bit on the pudgy side, but I think that will change now that he's off free range pasture and will have to work for a living.

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post #6987 of 8021 Old 11-12-2017, 11:07 AM
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@Pearl5 oh happy happy day!

I Googled "gaited Morgan breeders in Utah and scored ---- twice. There may be more but at least it gives you a gaited leg up closer to home



http://mtnedgegaitedmorgans.com



https://www.facebook.com/kenthomasmorgans/


ChangeM&M is a cutie!:). I agree he is on the portly side, lollol

If you told us his back story, I can't remember ---- how did it end up you and your son were the ones to hunt him down in the pasture. Or is that part of the back story:)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #6988 of 8021 Old 11-12-2017, 12:07 PM
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... M&M is a dual registered Spotted Saddle Horse/Tennessee Walker. ...

Oh my gosh, he looks so much like Dewey. The only horse I have bought twice. LOL

Dewey is an unregistered, but with known parents, Spotted Saddle Horse/Tennessee Walker.
By a registered SSH stud, out of an unregistered TWH mare.

He was my horse first, my daughter was in 4H with her own horse. She did take Dewy to county fair as her second horse though. Here is his Fair Possession picture from 2007:

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Several years later I had to downsize and let him go. 4 years later my daughter spotted him on craigslist, and we went and bought him back. He has been her horse ever since. Now is in her small beginner lesson program:

01 kevdewducklings.jpg

02 dewjolene1st.jpg

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10 deweymolliejolene.jpg

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post #6989 of 8021 Old 11-13-2017, 08:47 AM
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@walkinthewalk - We didn't really have to track him down - all the horses (and the bull) will come right up for 'treats' (OMG, they were giving them white bread!) but the minute you tried to touch M&Ms neck or shoulder with a rope in your hand, he would dance away. And the owners just don't do much more than give them treats and pet them. I first caught the older mustang mare - who had a huge club in her tail - and held her so T could cut the mat out. Then I walked up to the QH mare (I want her!!) that M&M adores, got her haltered, and had Kyle lead her out so I could trap M&M in the barn aisle. To his credit, once he realized he couldn't just dance off, he stood still for me to halter him.

@anndankev - If Dewey and M&M were harness trained, I'd keep them as a matched set of carriage horses! The only real difference is that M&Ms mane is mostly black and his tail is mostly white (and both desperately in need of conditioner!).

After feeding, worming, some grooming (too cold for a bath, so his white isn't white) and some basic groundwork tests to see what he knows, I decided to see how he'd behave with a saddle and bridle. He stood ground tied and patient for the saddling process.

Finding a saddle that fit was a bit of a trick. He has no spine and minimal withers (a back that begs for bareback). I tried my endurance saddle first (center-fire rigged) - but it slid to the side as I tried to mount. My barrel saddle stayed on for mounting - so I rode in that - but it slid a bit to the side as I rode (girth wasn't very tight and I tend to ride slightly right leg heavy) so I kept having to shift it back to center. I think I may have to work him in my trooper.

I will say this, though: He hasn't forgotten much. Once I was in the saddle he was responsive and light, ears forward, and has a HUGE motor. I took him into the meadow just beyond my tree line and he really wanted to step out! I kept him mostly to a walk since I just wanted to see if there was any "silly" in him, but once or twice I let him step out just a bit. He's super smooth and it was obvious he had a lot more if I'd just let him. But that has to wait until his feet are done! Can't wait until his feet are done and I can see what his cruising speed is like!

He did get a bit looky at a pile of garbage (and old sofa and mattress), but only stopped and looked. When I asked him to move on, he took a few more steps and then stopped and looked again. Third time, he walked on but kept his eye on the scary thing. No spin, no spook, no attempt to get away. He trusts his rider.

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post #6990 of 8021 Old 11-14-2017, 10:30 AM
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@bsms your granddaughter is adorable on that mount. She looks so confident. Will she take lessons soon?

@Change , M&M has wonderful markings (as does Dewey @anndankev ). Congrats! I hope you get that mare one day too.

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@Pearl5 oh happy happy day!
I Googled "gaited Morgan breeders in Utah and scored ---- twice. There may be more but at least it gives you a gaited leg up closer to home
Thank you, thank you, thank you! One of the breeders is less than two hours away, and accessible in winter. The woman in MI couldn't tell from my video. She said it helps to hear it on pavement. I'll look into these and Google for more. Not sure why I didn't think of that!

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Oh my gosh, he looks so much like Dewey. The only horse I have bought twice. LOL
That is the sweetest horse reunion story I've ever read.

All is fine here. Sort of dreading the winter ... actually I've started my angst early, it's the spring that worries me. I'm told the clay soil is no fun when wet. I keep telling myself the other horses have survived it and so will Sunshine.
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