As you know, the Morgan is my breed. Mama Tess was a Morgan. She had 7 babies. I still have two – Gwen and Wrigley.
My favorite riding horse for 20 years was Equinox Aladdin. I still keep in touch with East of Equinox Farm in Vermont. Ivan, the owner, texted me some lovely pics of the first baby of 2022. The foal’s dam was born at East of Equinox and the sire as well. This baby belongs to the new owner of the dam.
Lovely. Exciting. Gorgeous.
I love foaling season. I miss foaling season.
Here we go! I don’t know his name yet. These pics were taken within the first 24 hours of his life. (I do not believe he is for sale.)
And the last pic… his first snow storm.
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Hi Bunny! Yes, I did go to Vermont to purchase 2 foals from East of Equinox farm a while back… and while there, I toured UVM and purchased a breeding to UVM Tennyson! Like minds.
I too miss foaling season. What I do (and you could consider?) is visit a friend’s still-active breeding farm to see the new foal crop every year. Fewer and fewer each year as the mares age out and retire in place (that is, NOT “dumped” on Craigslist or at auction!!!). Why fewer? Because the relentlessly changing economy with its far more frequent boom/bust cycles means that fewer people can look ahead to the future in confidence that the youngster or just-trained riding horse will be financially supportable in years to come. Those of us who kept our horses for life understood two decades ago that keeping any horse for life may become an impossibility and we stopped breeding. We did not want our horses ending up on the truck to horror.
Fortunately, with Morgans there still seems to be a true demand from committed and financially stable (sorry for the pun) owners. So here’s what you might consider, Dawn – plan a yearly visit to the UVM Morgan Farm with a side trip to your friends featured in this post. Get a fill of foals knowing that most of those are and will continue to be safe.
And also know that you are truly among those who care deeply about ensuring a safe life for your horses and for helping rescue those who suddenly became UNsafe.
He is adorable! My father rode Morgan’s. Great riding horses!