LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
Rhythm is a strongly gaited chestnut we acquired as an eighteen month old stallion. His mane appears silver, and is also in his tail, thus his name, which might be caused by a sooty gene on top of flaxen. His chestnut color also has a slight rust tint to it that may also be a factor of the sooty gene. Rhythm was a stallion for us until age six and sired foals for three breeding seasons. He is heavily gaited with a pedigree that’s the who’s who of western working gaited Morgans including Windenstone, Omar Sherif, Stellar, and Mentor. He has a great temperament and is a relaxed and calm horse, and was also very well behaved when covering a mare as a stallion. He also has good conformation, is very smart and a quick study; not to mention gorgeous. Ned Leigh, the trainer who picked him up for us on his way back from Kentucky told me on his first progress report on the way here that, “You hit the jackpot with this horse!” His first foal, LeDan's Wind and Stone (Stoney), hit the ground gaiting in 2012 and was everything we hoped for; check him out under the Foals menu on this web site. Stoney was sold in December, 2013 as a young stallion. Two more very nice colts hit the ground gaiting in 2013; LeDan's Rhythm in the Wind (Pistol) and LeDan's Jondalar. Check Jondalar out on the Geldings page and Pistol out on the Foals page on this web site. Rhythm's final foal arrived in March 2014, LeDan's I've Got Rhythm (Cimarron), another strongly gaited gorgeous chestnut colt with great conformation. See him under the Geldings menu on this web site. He is currently under training as one of Letha's two riding horses. We decided to stop breeding and gelded Rhythm in 2014 to enable enjoying him as a full time riding horse. We sold him a couple years later after retiring and cutting down our numbers of horses in favor of keeping his colt Jondalar as one of Dan's two riding horses. He went to a good home and was doing endurance last we knew.
Rhythm at 18 months old at Missouri Morgans where he was born just before we bought him.
Dan on Rhythm for the first time in January, 2013 after his return home from completing his 60 days of training at Ned Leigh's in Paulden, Arizona. Rhythm and I spent this first ride feeling each other out; he adjusting to the different feel of me versus Ned, and me applying the specific techniques Ned trained in him and taught me. It went well and we made good progress getting on the same page. By day two we were doing so well on the property, that I rode him off the property for the first time. Wow! He did wonderful and responded so well; cautious yet confident to everything new he encountered, and always responsive to cues, under control, and gaited on cue too!
Rhythm at 4 years old showing his silver appearing mane. I say appearing silver but is not true silver as silver doesn't show on a red horse, so don't know exactly why is looks so silver.
Rhythm at four and half on an outing in our pasture at LeDan Morgans.
Dan on Rhythm in 2016 at "The Window" in Monument Valley on one of our four week long rides there. The most awesome place I have ever ridden!.
Rhythm at 6 years old after a breeding session.
Rhythm is an awesome horse and it was an extremely hard decision to make on which two horses out of the three I had at the time were going to be the two I was going to keep as my riding horses as we were reducing our numbers after retiring. I ultimately decided on keeping one of his colts, Jondalar who I was very bonded with having been with him since the moment he was foaled and had become my heart horse. The other horse I kept is Pearl, a heavily gaited black mare and built like the classic western working Morgan she is. She is an excellent trail horse, and as of this writing she is in foal for the first time; our first foal in a long time is due in late February, 2022. and we're looking forward very much to have a little one to love and help grow up into another gorgeous Morgan!
I did this of Rhythm gaiting that helped convince his buyer to come ride him for three days and fall in love with him. As I said, it was a very hard decision for me to let him go and just watching this video tears at my heart strings. But, I have his son Jondalar who is as gorgeous as he is, my heart horse, and we are very bonded. I see Rhythm in him and he is a very special horse as is Rhythm. Rhythm is unforgettable!
(Note: One mistake on the ending credits, he was foaled in 2008 not 2018.)