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The old style Morgan is my favorite breed…here are a few photos taken long ago by Tamarack Hill Farm.

As most of you know, I raised and showed Morgan horses for many years.  One of those Morgans was Mama Tess.  She had 6 babies.  Two of those babies are Gwen and Wrigley.  Those are the only Morgans I have left.  I wish I had a riding Morgan.  I’d love to have another Aladdin someday very soon.

For those of you who don’t know the history of the Morgan, it is the first American Breed.  Many early Morgans were used for the cavlary, which is why foundation Morgan sires will have a prefix of “General” or “Colonel”.

These old style Morgans are usually mixed with Lippett blood.  Lippet thorses are Morgan horses known for their hearty and stout build.  Foundation or ‘old style’ Morgans usually have government bred or Lippett breeding or both.

As times went onward, the stout breeding was mixed with Saddlebreds (under the table) to create a more sleek body and hingey neck.  That style became popular and most of the ‘new’ Morgans look this way.  Mama Tess was a new Morgan (her official name:  HVK Noble Heiress).  Her sire was a mix of old and new (Noble Flaire) but her mother was questionable – Saddlebred mix.  Although the books would never admit the Saddlebred in the woodpile, it was there.

Gwen’s sire was a pure Government bred stud (General Crook).  So she is a mix of new and old.

That’s a very short history and explanation.  There is much, much more.

This is a great example of an old style Morgan. I really wish I knew which horse this was… anyone?

Another great example. I don’t know who this is, either. Anyone? Someone thought ‘Paramount’s Ambassador’.


Anyway, for you Morgan lovers, this little bit of personal photo history from Tamarack Hill Farms, should delight you.  The owner’s name is Denny Emerson who is now into 3 Day eventing.  But when he was young, he loved the Morgans.

Tamarack Hill Farm
January 17 at 5:08 AM  ·
About 60 years ago, while I was at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, I was already a horse photographer, not in the brilliant way that people like Ashley Neuhof are, but as someone with a cheap camera who liked horses.
These were Morgan brood mares at Harriet Hilts’s High Pastures Farm out past Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont.
You’ll see a couple of Lippitt Ramona. I probably took these because a year or so earlier, I’d ridden one of her daughters, Lippitt Rebecca, on the GMHA 100 mile trail ride for Mr Knight, breeder of all the Lippitt Morgans.
Justine Morgan was another here, notable because the breeder Dana Kelley named his farm after her, the “Justine Morgan Horse Farm,” home of the Royalton line of Morgans.

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Mother Nature always amazes me. She was ANGRY last week, but happy today!

I know that the USA is experiencing dramatic weather right now.

We, in California, had ours Tues/Wed/Thurs  of last week.  Our town of San Miguel received 13″ of rain in 48 hours!  It was incredible – for us.  And, the winds were epic.  Since we live on a hill, the winds were even more epic than most.  Very dramatic.  Mother Nature was in a mood.

This is Finn, covered in mud after the epic rains. You can see the soil in his paddock… Clay and sand with water = sticky mud.

This is my biggest feeding wheelbarrow. Overnight, this much rain was in it. Wow!

I also think that I told you that rain doesn’t do will with our soil.  You can see it in the photos.  That is also why I only put one or two horses per paddock in wet weather.  The ground cannot take more horses.

Anyway, I’m sure you have your troubles wherever you live…

You can see Mo’s displeasure. And you can see the mud…on him and on the ground.

This part of the pony pasture is not in the sun, so it still has deep, wet donkey hoof holes.


But today… a week after the first day of the epic rains, Mother Nature was happy again.  Mood change.  I even saw grass coming up!  Grass is sprouting where the horses don’t have access (smooth ground) and where the sun shines.

I saw grass appearing outside the paddocks – where the sun shines! (That’s Gwen)

Mo saw it, too!

And roses… I saw a rose bloom today!  I cut all the bushes back last month, and today, a little Charlie Brown rose bush pushed out leaves and a bloom!

Amazing.  This all just cements my mantra that every day is a do-over.  If something is awful, go to sleep and see what the new day brings.  Eventually, no matter how tragic, the grass will grow and a rose will bloom (I know this to be true).

And this spindly rose bush that I had cut back last month… grew leaves and BLOOMED!


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