The stay­ing power of Mor­gans

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I am thor­oughly en­joy­ing the se­ries on Mor­gans by Deb Bennett, PhD (“The Mys­tery of the Mor­gan Horse,” Con­for­ma­tion In­sights, EQUUS 469, and “The Reg­is­tered Mor­gan,” Con­for­ma­tion In­sights, EQUUS 471). Ever since see­ing my first live Mor­gans at a lo­cal show in Gainesvill­e, Florida, in 1972, I knew this was the breed I wanted when I was able to fi­nally buy my own horse.

My first horse was a black halfAra­bian, half-Mor­gan mare who lived to be 34---and was never lame, and rarely wore shoes, I might add. My sec­ond was her three-quar­ters Mor­gan off­spring, a black colt, whom I gelded and kept all of his 26 years. I’m now on my third black Mor­gan.

While it seems the Mor­gan has been sur­passed in pop­u­lar­ity by breeds like the Quar­ter Horse, I of­fer this anec­dote: A friend who’s al­ways had Quar­ter Horses boarded my cur­rent Mor­gan for a cou­ple of years, and af­ter hav­ing him on her prop­erty, she was singing the praises of this breed. She told ev­ery­one what a great horse he was: smart, goodtem­pered, quiet, easy to han­dle, hardy. I think that once peo­ple are ex­posed to Mor­gans, they de­velop a re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion for this great Amer­i­can breed.

Also, although Ms. Bennett says that horses aren’t widely used for driv­ing/farm work any­more, I would point out that there are a num­ber of Amish breed­ers of Mor­gans around who still try to pro­duce a good gen­eral horse that can be driven or rid­den. When look­ing for my cur­rent horse, I vis­ited an Amish breeder in Michi­gan who had a farm full of beau­ti­ful Mor­gans. I’m also heart­ened that there are still breed­ers try­ing to pre­serve and per­pet­u­ate the best Mor­gan qual­i­ties and pro­duce a good us­ing horse who’s also beau­ti­ful and en­dowed with a good tem­per­a­ment. I look for­ward to read­ing more of Deb Bennett’s re­search! Mary Ann Whit­ley Uni­ver­sity Heights, Ohio

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