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post #1 of 16 Old 01-09-2020, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Morgan mare anyone?

My wife is wanting a black racking Morgan mare, about 10-15 years old, preferably about 16hh, very gentle.
We're in S.CENTRAL Virginia.
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-19-2020, 04:50 PM
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There is a small subset of Morgans that have a gait other than the typical three but it is small. I've never heard of a racking Morgan but I guess it is possible. Black is a fairly rare color in Morgans as well. So your wife wants a rare gait and a rare color, both, in that breed. Also, although 16 hand Morgans are becoming more common, the traditional height is much shorter.

My question has to be, why a Morgan? Why not a breed that is bred to be tall, bred to rack? Like, um, a Saddlebred for example?

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-19-2020, 05:26 PM
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I saw the title and thought of a Morgan mare that needs a home where I am. Chestnut, not gaited, 14hh, likes to rear and bolt. Interested?

In all honesty, I really do think you're going to have a very, very difficult time finding what you're looking for unless you remove the "Morgan" criteria as @Avna suggested.
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You might could find a McCurdy in that area.

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If you're set on a gaited Morgan, you should get in touch with Gary Seibert at Jellico Morgans. He's very passionate about the gaited lines and if there's something out there that matches what you're looking for, he probably can help you find it! Their farm is in Kentucky.
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I saw the title and thought of a Morgan mare that needs a home where I am. Chestnut, not gaited, 14hh, likes to rear and bolt. Interested?

In all honesty, I really do think you're going to have a very, very difficult time finding what you're looking for unless you remove the "Morgan" criteria as @Avna suggested.
1. Ithought the same thing, lol

2. Ditto @Avna .

I personally would have no interest in a 16 H Morgan unless it was a rescue situation. Being old and raised in NE Ohio, I favor the old timey, short & stocky Lippet Morgans.
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My wife is tall. When I met her she had a gaited black Morgan/Tennessee Walker mix, 16hh. That's what she wants now.
I think she would consider a range of horse depending on temperament, etc.

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Awhile ago (before I moved "home" and got horses, so just out of theoretical interest) I was subscribed to a gaited Morgans Yahoo group. They moved their activity over to Facebook, which I don't do, so I stopped following them, but the very last message gave a link to their group.

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We have a friend that we ride with sometimes who has a black gaited Morgan mare. She is about 14.2 hands. They are around, but, as people said, they are rare. This lady looked for a long time. She just wanted a gaited Morgan, and this mare happened to be black. She found this mare in central Florida.

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McCurdies originated in Alabama. They have super gaits. My next door neighbor loves McCurdies. He is from Alabama and brings them here. There are about 17 of them around here. We got one as a baby. They are lovely horses with great dispositions, calm, smooth riding, and fun.

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My wife is tall. When I met her she had a gaited black Morgan/Tennessee Walker mix, 16hh. That's what she wants now.
I think she would consider a range of horse depending on temperament, etc.

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Your wife's old horse likely got her gait, color, and height from the Tennessee Walker side of the family. So I personally would be looking at Tennessee Walkers, Racking Horses, McCurdies and similar breeds. Even Fox Trotters come in black, 16 hands and some can rack.

I can understand your wife wanting the racking gait. My neighbor has a racking Fox Trotter and I like it a LOT better than his fox trot! I dream of owning a horse that racks someday. (But in the meantime I have a lovely Fox Trotter than fox trots like a dream!).

I would do an internet search for "racking horses" if you want to see some really cool horses. A lot of them "speed rack," which might not be what your wife wants (I don't know) but if you find people selling racking horses, maybe they also have some that haven't been pushed for speed.

One of my favorite videos on all of You-tube:

Besides the lovely rack, this horse also does a running walk when he slows down (2:37 in the video). I would love to find a horse like this for trails. I would do that running walk most of the time and open up into a rack when the footing allowed.


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