LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
Foaled on a night with a howling wind storm with gusts to 50 miles an hour. His maternal grandsire is the well known gaited Morgan stud Windenstone, who is also his paternal great grandsire. Stoney was also the first foal in our gaited Morgan breeding program; the first stone laid on the foundation of our brood stock. Thus his name Wind and Stone, phonetically similar to Windenstone. Stoney was showing gait on is third day of life and strongly gaiting at four weeks and three months old. He also was one of the most calm and accepting horses on the place taking his second power trim of his feet for example at three months old like he had done it his whole short life. Nothing seemed to bother this colt as he loved attention and even let the grandkids crawl all over him. He was going to be a big boy taking after his 15.3 dam and was already 13.1 hands and over 500 pounds at seven months old. At nine months old, his mane began showing the silver gray hairs of his sire Rhythm as well, which coupled with his great conformation was sure to make him a stunning horse like his sire. We were extremely happy with this first get of Rhythm. At around 18 months old he was sold to a couple in Pennsylvania to be a breeding stallion. It was hard to see him go, but he did that well too walking up the ramp into a large 18 wheeler horse hauler into a big stall and cross-tied like it was nothing new. I had tears in my eyes to see our first gaited baby leave the nest.
Stoney resting after nursing at 11 hours old
Stoney gaiting on day three.
Stoney at seven months old. , still gaiting.
Stoney working with Dan at eight months old.
Exercise time in the pasture with a very determined look on his face.
15 months old; a very god boy, and very strongly gaited as well. Did I mention gorgeous?!
Pistol was foaled by Lil Sister March 15th, 2013 on a windy night at 9:00pm. He's a chestnut and showed gait on day two of his young life. Letha liked the registered name I suggested which is in reference to both his sire Silver Rhythm and his being strongly gaited, and to the windy night he was foaled. She immediately dubbed him "Junior" for his barn name also in reference to his sire, but after a few days of seeing how spunky he was, we changed that to "Pistol". He was trying to get on his feet even before his hind legs were all the way out of mom. By four hours old, he was hopping around the foaling stall like a jack rabbit. He's not shy either, by his second day he was leading his mom out the door of the stall when it was opened and all over their large run-out pen while he explored the big world outside. He loved his large ball he got a few days later too; he climbed on it and pushed it all over the turn-out and in and out of the stall driving his mom crazy. Later in life he started climbing anything he could find; Letha once left his stall door open briefly while getting his mash bucket out of the feed room and when she came back to his stall he was missing. She turned around when she heard a noise and he was in the stall across the barn aisle from his where hay was stacked six levels high and he was standing on the fourth level eating hay off the top level. He loved to play and explore and had no fear, always in your pocket, and would bring you his jolly ball and drop it at your feet so you'd throw it and he could fetch it like a dog. He was sold to a lady who loved his playful attitude, spirit, and strong gait. He now summers in Colorado and winters in Arizona.
Resting on day 2 outside his stall during his first full day in the run out pen under mom's watchful eye.
Pistol playing with his big ball in their turn-out.
The half brothers meet; Pistol at 3 and a half weeks old in the foreground, and Jondalar 12 days younger in the background.
Pistol and I at 4 months old out for a walk around our 4 acres.
Pistol at 14 months old. Getting handsome!
Pistol at 2 years old; a young man now!
Pistol and Letha starting his saddle training together at 3 and a half years old at J6 Equestrian Center.
Further along in the saddle training at J6.
Letha helped America bring Ayla into this world one freezing cold night in December of 2006. She is a flaxen liver chestnut also carrying the pangare (mealy) gene modifier as does her dam America, and single white hairs throughout her body. Her bloodlines are 100% Western Working Morgan with her dam having the stallion Muscle Man both top and bottom in her pedigree. She has drive, smarts, and courage along with good looks, a calm demeanor, plus very nice movement; all qualities we strive for and add up to a horse we’re very proud of. She is a good trail horse and has also given us a really nice colt, Jondalar, by our stallion Missouri's Silver Rhythm. See Jondalar on the Geldings pages of this web site. Ayla is a trotting horse and when we switched to breeding gaited horses we reluctantly put her up for sale and sold her to a wonderful lady and great home in Northern California on the Pacific Coast Highway with the beach on one side and redwood trees even in her turn-out. We are planning to go visit her one of these days with her son Jondalar in tow to see his mom and her new digs, and ride with her wonderful new owner among the redwoods and on the beach!
Ayla just minutes old.
Ayla 4 weeks old feeling her legs!
Ayla the flaming red flaxen!
Ayla and Letha at Ayla's saddle training.
Letha and Ayla competed in their first show in October, 2015 at the J6 Equestrian Center. Shown at left in the main arena where they took a 2nd place in Novice Horse Showseat Pleasure, a 1st place in Novice Showseat Equitation, and a 1st place in Novice Horse.
Shown above on the Show Trail course where they also took a 2nd place in Novice Horse Showseat Trail. Not bad for their first time in a show; two firsts and two seconds. Letha had a great time and was wearing a big smile! Memories of her days as a young girl in the show ring!