to Vintage Morgans! I’m
glad you found this site and hope you will take the
tour. The goal of my breeding program is to produce
Morgan horses with dispositions suitable for youth
and amateur handlers coupled with the athletic ability
and soundness of mind to be competitive in sport disciplines
such as dressage, carriage driving, eventing, endurance
riding, reining, cutting, etc. I also expect them to
be excellent partners on the trail and lifetime companions.
information on this site reflects
the priorities of my program.
will see horses DOING. I
judge the quality of a horse by how it
feels from the saddle (or the seat of
a vehicle). This “feel” is
a combination of the way a horse handles
its body and the mental soundness that
makes a horse easy to train and willing
to generously share its strength and
speed with the rider. I prefer a responsive,
attentive, highly trainable horse with
natural athletic ability. And once the
horse is trained, I want it to be useful
for many years.
You will see much information on
pedigrees and the history of the horses
in those pedigrees. A vital
part of a successful breeding program is
an understanding of the horses behind the
individuals used in the program. Knowledge
of the strengths and weaknesses of the
ancestors helps when selecting mates for
the breeding animals. Because of the proven
athletic ability and durability of the
western working lines, I have chosen to
use stallions of those lines. Many of the
mares are also of western lineage. If you
are interested in pedigree research, please
click on the links to see extended pedigrees
and pedigree analysis by Laura Algranti.
will see extensive information on the
a mare contributes 50% to the genetics
of a foal, I believe they contribute
even more through their influence on
the foal from birth to weaning. I expect
my broodmares to be easy to breed and
excellent mothers who teach their foals
confidence and trust in people.
The mares must also be using horses. It is a priority to have all
the mares trained to ride and to start them under saddle myself.
Being a somewhat overweight, middle-aged amateur, this represents
a significant test of disposition. This process establishes the
trainability of the mares and assists me in evaluating their athletic
ability. The mares are expected to be reliable trail horses. To
the extent possible, the mares will also be tested in competition.
Again, I am the rider, driver and groom.
The horses and
I love to have visitors. If a personal
visit cannot be arranged, contact me
for a video tour.
Vintage Morgans is located in
Reardan, WA (West of Spokane).
Phone: (509) 590-5785