Congratulations to Jessie Julson, new owner of Oldfield Ishmael!

Congratulations to Jessie Julson, the new owner of coming two-year old Oldfield Ishmael (Windhover Winterhawk x Oldfleld Willow).  "Izzy" is a tall, great-moving bay Beamington grandson, who looks like he might be an English Pleasure prospect.  He can really tip his head over and drive off his hind head.  Izzy has a story behind him that Jessie is already a part of, and I'm sure they will write many more exciting chapters in the future.
Oldfield Ishmael (Windhover Winterhawk x Oldfield Willow)


UVM Morgan Field Day

I attended the annual UVM Morgan Field Day/Open House in Middlebury VT on August 8, 2012, with some fellow Morgan enthusiasts.  We saw several of the standing stallions, including UVM Jubilant, UVM Tennyson, and Otter Brook Xenophon, this year's crop of suckling foals with their dams, and several Morgans demonstrating different disciplines such as historic cavalry mount, dressage, hunter under saddle and over feneces , english pleasure driving and under saddle, and pleasure driving. The folks at UVM are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The barn is a personality all its own, complete with the skeleton of Blackhawk and a narrow, wooden ramp that descends half a story to a landing, takes a 180 degree turn and proceeds to the lower level of the barn. The farm uses it to move horses from the upper level of the barn to the lower level which is below grade, and vice versa.  The horses are well-mannered and people loving, remaining calm and sensible despite dozens of uninitiated adults and kids swarming all around them.

We also got to meet Blackjack, the title character of the popular Ellen Feld book, who is now a Breyer Horse and had his photo taken with Justin Morgan.



Book recommendation: "The Horse's Mind," by Lucy Rees

"The Horse's Mind," by Lucy Rees (Prentice Hall Press 1985).  The author notes (pages 22-24) that when a horse rolls its eye back and you see the white, it doesn't necessarily indicate temper or viciousness but only that he is trying to look behind him. This is just one example of the insights provided by this oustanding book, which is, hands down, the best explanation and analysis of how horses think and behave in respond to stimulus that I have ever read.  The book jacket says, "Lucy Rees runs a riding school and breaking and training center in Wales.  The skills she brings to training 'problem' horses are the result of lifelong experience with horses and her education, which includes years of study of zoology, neurophysiology, and behavioral science.  She has worked with totally wild horses, polo ponies, show jumpers an din the United States each year, with Morgans, Saddlebreds, cow ponies, and rodeo ponies."  I believe this book is out of print now so you might have to work to find it, but it's worth it.  

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