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Socrates at his first Morgan Grand National show, added ring photos post 14

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  • #21
    Helps to borrow a horse to pony youngsters that are not under saddle yet around.

    Glad that he was so steady while showing, that is admirable, under the conditions there.

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    • #22
      Brains and looks! There’s nothing there not to love. Congratulations on raising a good boy.

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      • #23
        Nice looking boy! In an ideal world I would (will ? ) own a sport Morgan again. I lost my little Morgan mare to colic way too early, and all these years later, I still consider her my once-in-a-lifetime horse.
        Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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        • #24
          clanter the Morgan enabler!
          ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~

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          • #25
            Gorgeous!
            "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."

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            • #26
              That was a HUGE step in Socrates's education going to that busy show venue. For anyone interested there's a lot of classes still online at Morgan Grand Nationals. Didn't find Socrates' class though.
              Clanter, your daughter is doing a nice job working with him in the short time she's had him. From pasture puff baby to handsome, show horse in 7 months. That's a big accomplishment. Tell her congratulations.
              "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin

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              • #27
                He's gorgeous. Congrats to your daughter. Love that you share the journey with us.

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                  #28
                  Originally posted by 4LeafCloverFarm View Post
                  clanter the Morgan enabler!

                  can not help it, wife and I worked with the Youth for over a decade, breed promotions were one of the many things we had them doing and they were pretty good at it demonstrating the versatility of the breed

                  of course having one horse that can do many things very well and look good doing it makes a Morgan an economical (horse and economical usually repeal each other ) Our kids had friends who got anew horse every time they changed disciplines we just bought more tack.

                  Also ours are the old styles which have a slower metabolism therefore require less feed/hay.

                  sophie.... little Morgans usually have big hearts .... my little mare was just 13.3 (she was a half sister to our Foxie horse) . but she always was kind to me and never was outspoken but often thought I was lost. Once at the LBJ Grasslands on the outside loop we were actually going around where the the trailer was parked, My mare kept looking back at me thinking I was lost as she knew the trailer was over there and we were not heading toward it. I let her have her head and she turned and off we went thought the woods directly to the trailer, once there she looked at me with an expression,,, Now IF you ever get Lost Again LET ME take you home. She was a good girl.

                  Wife did say the daughter was sought out by many who knew what Socrates was (older blood lines with a sport focus) They came by his stall for a closer look, The breeder sent her a note that they had delayed their ranch work so every one could watch the class. The breeder raises some very nice babies most of which never get to the biggest shows.

                  Socrates is often referred to as just Socks rather than his full name

                  the breed has worked well for our needs, there are many good horses out there of all breeds but we found the Morgans (at least the old styles) to fit our desires

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                  • #29
                    I work for a Morgan breeder on the weekends (stall cleaning, feeding, turnout). I absolutely love the breed. All of her horses are smart as a whip, kind, gentle, and very pretty!

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                      #30
                      Originally posted by Marla 100 View Post
                      That was a HUGE step in Socrates's education going to that busy show venue. For anyone interested there's a lot of classes still online at Morgan Grand Nationals. Didn't find Socrates' class though.
                      Clanter, your daughter is doing a nice job working with him in the short time she's had him. From pasture puff baby to handsome, show horse in 7 months. That's a big accomplishment. Tell her congratulations.
                      Class 1 main Coliseum... I do not see that they have this year's class available

                      There were many wild tails as most all of the young horses were not behaving well, jumping up and down. running into the judges, kicking out, dragging the handlers was common. One, I believe it was a 2 year old in the next class broke free running around the arena.

                      I will get daughter to send me the Real photo of her in the line up with the horse in the back ground playing hi ho silver away we go

                      But her having the forethought to let him burn some of that youthful energy in the back round pens was what saved her I could easily see him run for an hour, he is young but powerful

                      Clanter, your daughter is doing a nice job working with him in the short time she's had him.
                      have to note if you show him his halter he comes to stick his nose in and waits for he straps to hooked.... this was after a very long session in the round pen where he was demonstrating his will of not being caught . Daughter knows what she is doing and does not accept bad behavior

                      Also, the recent two to three feet of snow back where he came from in North Dakota might have made for second thoughts that if bad he may be sent back

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                      he was stabled with some friends of my daughter... it helped him that their guys were seasoned professionals who liked the baby horse, they made him feel at ease even allowing his ribbon to be place alongside their...what are those Blue things?
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                        #31
                        Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post
                        I work for a Morgan breeder on the weekends (stall cleaning, feeding, turnout). I absolutely love the breed. All of her horses are smart as a whip, kind, gentle, and very pretty!
                        they will also be there to point out you are not doing that correctly, with patience they will attempt to show you how it should be done

                        digging post holes is one job that attracts attention... you can see them commenting to one another about not deep enough, no too deep, and oh he is only build that fence five feet --I can jump that, watch me

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by clanter View Post

                          they will also be there to point out you are not doing that correctly, with patience they will attempt to show you how it should be done

                          digging post holes is one job that attracts attention... you can see them commenting to one another about not deep enough, no too deep, and oh he is only build that fence five feet --I can jump that, watch me
                          We have a 30+ morgan at our eventing barn who is a lesson pony and he will dump anyone who dares to look at the 18" jump. Advanced, beginner, trainer, student. He knows his job and by all things holy he will make sure you do it correctly. We love him.

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                          • #33
                            He is stunning! I can't wait to see how he matures.

                            My first horse was a Morgan and I still have her about 20 years and 2500 miles from home later. She still packs me around like a pro and is my go-to when I need some refreshing or centering. I learned a lot from that mare - very forgiving animal. I'm always casually browsing the sport & western working markets - one day I will get myself another.

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                              #34
                              Originally posted by Lokinator View Post
                              He is stunning! I can't wait to see how he matures.

                              My first horse was a Morgan and I still have her about 20 years and 2500 miles from home later. She still packs me around like a pro and is my go-to when I need some refreshing or centering. I learned a lot from that mare - very forgiving animal. I'm always casually browsing the sport & western working markets - one day I will get myself another.
                              this was our first Morgan.. Shamrock Foxie Joy... little girl in the pink is youngest daughter who has Socrates ...this was taken when Foxie and daughter were two years old ... they grew up together (boy on board is youngest son)

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                              • #35
                                I love the old style Morgans. Mine was not a true "old style", she kind of fell in my lap when I first got to the US and wanted to try a true American breed. At the time I knew next to nothing about the Morgans She was 6 yo, 14.3h, and had been standing in a pasture because she didn't do well in harness. I took her on and ended up eventing her Novice, schooling Training, before I lost her to colic at 14. I still miss her so much!

                                clanter my little mare was great on the trails, knew exactly where we were at all times (although I have to say, my current Ottb is like that too and took us back to the trail home once when we were lost in the woods and she'd had enough with the humans fumbling around lol).
                                She was a bit hot but very, very kind. One thing among all the things that made her so special - both times that I was pregnant, she started standing rock still at the mounting block, which she'd never done before. She'd let me pile on buckets to get on, and park herself next to them again for me to get off without moving an ear. Once, we went down in a snow drift and she didn't move at all until I was safely away from her. Both times I rode her well into my 8th month. After I gave birth she reverted to her old "let's GO!" style at the mounting block. I have so many stories with her...swimming, cutting cows, foxhunting, competing....

                                That's IT, my next horse will be a Morgan again! LOL
                                Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!

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                                  #36
                                  Originally posted by sophie View Post
                                  . One thing among all the things that made her so special - both times that I was pregnant, she started standing rock still at the mounting block, which she'd never done before. L
                                  We found the Morgans, at least ours, would do what we referred to as "change gears"...that is adapt to the rider. My daughter used all of our horses in her riding program and they all adjusted to the rider.

                                  One time when she had a young (two year old?) girl who was insistent that she would only ride "Spirit" (this was at the time the cartoon had been released) so Spirit it was (Actually Prairie Hill Mulligan). He dad was watching his young daughter command the Big horse around and making it obey. Then I showed him a few photos of Big horse clearing 5 foot fences and explained that the big horses was actually sidestepping to keep his daughter centered in the saddle

                                  here is a photo of daughter on Mulligan (Spirit) , ...that horse would do anything for my daughter.
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