LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
Mic (barn name), a 1998 Morgan chestnut gelding, was Letha's first Mogan and the horse that started it all. Letha had a quarter horse prior to Mic that was nice, but would wear out on long rides. So, she purchased Mic from Nancy Nard and immediately fell in love with Morgans. After several good years with Mic, she reluctantly sold him to make room for America, another mare from Nancy. Mic was sold to Kristy Brown in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dandy is a 2005 Morgan buckskin filly and Letha's first foal and out of Castle Miss America who Letha purchased already pregnant, thus the previous breeder's prefix of "Rag Time". Letha thought she was going to be too big for her and sold her as a two year old before Dan arrived on the scene, who said he would have loved to have had this girl! After an unhappy stint with a dressage trainer she was sold again and had a happy landing in North Carolina where she is now the 4H horse of an excited Brittany.
Scarlett is a 2006 Morgan gaited palomino filly Letha purchased but discovered she was also going to be too big for her at 15+ hands. She sold her at about 18 months old just before Dan arrived on the scene. Dan loves palominos and she was another horse Dan would have loved to have had. She is now with Betty Donovan in Maryland.
Tana (barn name) is a 2002 Morgan bay gelding Letha purchased to replace Mic as her riding horse. Tana gave Letha a couple good years but was sold after she brought home Sierra whom she fell in love with and purchased from Barb Fink while we were on a Morgan shopping trip for Dan's first Morgan. He now belongs to Brad Brown in Phoenix, Arizona.
America is a 1991 bay mare who bore Letha two foals, Ragtime American Glory and Ayla. Though her whole career prior to coming here had been as a broodmare who had never been trained to ride, she turned out after getting traning to be a very nice riding horse with a lot of heart. She even showed some gait on a ride in Monument Valley; and we learned her 1997 foal, Ragtime Sarah Lee, was gaited and had two gaited foals of her own. Sarah's current owners found us via our web site and after we retired America as a broodmare they, who had fallen in love with her, took her to their home in Queen Creek, Arizona to retire with her daughter and granddaughters; a happy family reunion!
Spirit is a 2002 Morgan liver chestnut mare and was Dan's first Morgan after Letha converted him from quarter horses. Spirit is not gaited but has a huge motor with no concept of what tired means and walks out at a pace that makes any non-gaited horse have to trot to stay with her. Dan and her have been on many back country off-trail rides, but the slow pace of the many organized trail rides we now ride were very frustrating to her and we felt she really needed to be an endurance horse. We sold her to a very experienced endurance rider in Northern California with three Tevis finishes who is "loving this mare!" and Spirit's making "light work" of some of her toughest training courses. We knew that was her calling.
Sunday is a 2007 Morgan gaited palomino gelding we'd had since he was eight months old. Beautifully dappled in his summer coat and sometimes mistaken for a cremelo in his winter coat. Sold in January 2013 to a very nice lady looking for a new pleasure horse to ride in place of her beloved 33 year old show Morgan who is still with her. Last we heard from her, she absolutely adores him as does her old Morgan he budded up with, and, she was about to enter her first 25 mile endurance race with him after months of training. Go Sunday!
Crystal is a 2009 Morgan gaited mare we bought as an 18 month old along with her half sister Pearl. A daughter of the deceased gaited Morgan stallion Caduceus Moses, which makes her potentially more valuable as a broodmare. She also has primarily a diagonal gait (foxtrot). She was started under saddle here at LeDan Morgans in 2012 and then sold to Missouri Morgans in early 2013.
Roxie, a 2005 Morgan chestnut mare, came to us from Colorado after we learned her owner had medical problems and was no longer able to care for her. A nice non-gaited mare who after a brief stay with us and some training we sold to a ranching family in New Mexico who were looking for another Morgan to add to the two they already had working the ranch. She'll have a good home and a job to enjoy there.
We acquired Joker, a Morgan bay gelding as an eight month old weanling and he quickly stole our hearts. He was intended to be a stallion for us, but as we turned our focus to gaited Morgans we gelded him and he became a very nice riding horse for Letha. As our numbers grew from our gaited breeding program, so did our feed bill. With Letha's impending retirement, hard choices had to be made to lower our numbers and costs. It was a hard one Letha agonized over for months, but she finally made the decision to sell Joker to a good home. Jody Reisner in Paradise Valley, Arizona quickly fell in love with Joker and provided him a loving home and was doing endurance on him last we heard.
Lady Bug, a Morgan gaited chestnut mare was a big girl at almost 15.3 hands and a great ride. We never got a foal out of her unfortunately, and with deciding not to breed any more and needing to cut down the numbers with Letha's planned retirement very soon, plus several nice colts coming up, we decided to offer her for sale. She went to a good home where she could still be a great trail horse for many more years. Mike Strasburg in Vail, Arizona purchased her to replace a trail horse he recently had to retire and quickly bonded with her; a happy union. Unfortunately we heard a year later from him that she got a barrel cactus in her leg and it got severely infected before they knew it; they spent $10,000 trying to save her but lost her. they were broken hearted and so were we.
Millie, a Morgan gaited palomino mare, was a real sweetheart and a gorgeous girl, but with our ceasing to breed and Letha's imminent retirement and need to reduce number's, she needed to find a new home as well. She was making good progress on becoming a good trail horse and attracted the attention of Phyllis Vonfleckinger of Maricopa, Arizona who had recently lost her beloved Morgan mare Trinity. Phyllis fell in love with Millie and took her home at first sight and promised she would have a loving home in good hands with her and husband Bob.
Flambeau was a Christmas present from me (Dan) to Letha and was supposed to be a surprise but being gone five days to go get him made that impossible. She had been thinking about a mini and saw the video below and fell in love. But Letha had little time to and experience working with minis and no experience training a horse to drive which is what she intended for him, Two subsequent trainers said he was too much horse for a novice driver to handle, plus her plate was full working on her full size horse to take on that project. So, he was sold to an experienced and successful mini trainer and breeder in California.
Rhapsody Letha purchased in Kentucky after a long search across the country for a Rocky that had a good mind, was well gaited, and trained. She finally found him in Kentucky and got him for a reasonable price. Letha worked on his feet and general heath, improved his trail experience, and they ended up being a good team for several years. Unfortunately, he and Letha went down in a river on a ride when Rhapsody stepped in a hole and lost his footing. Letha came off and floated away. We got them both out, but it shook both their confidence in general, and in each other. Took both of them a long while to get over it; both did eventually, but with new partners. Letha with Stormy, the horse below, and Rhapsody with a new owner in northern Tucson who had two other Rockys.
Letha after nearly drowning on her Rocky Mountain horse Rhapsody in a river incident had her confidence severely shaken and was struggling to regain it. Letha, a very experienced rider, decided with that going on and her age she needed to find a very calm, well-trained horse to help her regain her confidence before she could work with her young Morgan gelding Cimarron coming up. The kind of horse she was looking for was very much in demand and very hard to find. She finally found Stormy who is a supper calm horse, doesn't get excited about much of anything, and he is such a sweetheart too! He has a history as a reining horse and very successful Ranch Versatility horse. He was perfect for helping Letha regain her confidence which he did over the next year or so. Letha wanted to get back to the smoother ride of a gaited horse having regained her confidence though and Stormy was put on the market and was quickly sold to a great family that is using him both as a therapy horse for Vets and as a family riding horse, including kids, and doing well at that job and seems happy in his new home.