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  • #41
    My part-bred was humanely euthanized at 28 because his teeth had worn down to the gum line. He did it all, superbly well and won the utility award for versatility when part-breeds were still eligible. He was the best horse ever. Love that Morgan blood.

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    • #42
      Awwww. He's a cutie! A friend of mine has a palomino mare from Prairie Hill. She is just a doll and takes to new things well. Rides and drives, but is green at both (she is not yet 6.) I can just see things getting better and better with her.
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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      • #43
        So, what would folks recommend for activities for a senior Morgan who has all the breed's curiosity and work ethic, but has chronic suspensory issues so he is often off at the trot and canter? He doesn't really like trail riding (he seems to think it is pointless), though if he has the job of leading another horse, he is a rock star. Maybe clicker training....

        I have found versatility events to be painfully slow and boring compared with actually riding out on the trail, but we will have to see if we can find some judged obstacle rides. They're not common around here. I'm thinking that since the little man does take tremendous pride in "getting it done," maybe he would find judged obstacle rides more fulfilling than just riding around taking in the scenery.

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          #44
          Originally posted by SharonA View Post
          So, what would folks recommend for activities for a senior Morgan who has all the breed's curiosity and work ethic, but has chronic suspensory issues so he is often off at the trot and canter? He doesn't really like trail riding (he seems to think it is pointless), though if he has the job of leading another horse, he is a rock star. Maybe clicker training....
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          actually scent work as some horses are being taught just as dogs in search and rescue

          We have a German Shepherd Dog who has been trained by a FEMA trainer in scent for body recovery, we noticed one of our horses has the same abilities. Admittedly we have not done much with the horse's interest other than go find the cookie or apple... more of a game.

          http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/features/...orse-140.shtml

          His mother was the one who could find anything and always thought I was lost when I had her out in the LBJ Grasslands, she would stop, turn her head to look at me with an expression of Are You Lost --AGAIN- THE TRAILER is OVER THERE... of course she was correct about where the trailer was, but no I was not lost as I could read a map

          here is a photo of Shay with my wife in the Grasslands
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          Her son at 27 has a job of being used as a beginner's mount for two young teenage girls who adore him

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          • #45
            I am sorry, Clanter. I cannot really see the picture, due to the amazing glossy shine coming off the horse.

            (My fella is that shiny, too, when he is clean, which was last observed in.... October, maybe, before his winter coat took over the world.)

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              #46
              Originally posted by SharonA View Post
              I am sorry, Clanter. I cannot really see the picture, due to the amazing glossy shine coming off the horse.

              (My fella is that shiny, too, when he is clean, which was last observed in.... October, maybe, before his winter coat took over the world.)
              these Morgans are just easy keepers

              that was her natural coat.. she was just like a shiny new penny and her black markings were just as shiny .... but my wife would not ever ride a horse that was not presented as though it was entering the Championship of a Class A ... as a youth she showed English Pleasure on Saddlebreds (also rode equitation ...which was passed on to our girls who both were Gold Metal Equitation riders.... oldest daughter was just a natural, younger worked harder to beat older sister)

              Daughter who has bought Socrates has found and bought him an older yearling in hand show bridle for him... after a close look of it in a side by side comparison of Foxies's bridle and the photo of the one she is buying it has the very same silver conchos as Foxie's bridle which is a rolled leather sliver show bridle made in the 1950s ..... which surprised us

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