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Bounce (Whippoorwill Amulet, out of Whippoorwill Locket by Sereno Dandy Vermont) has been with me since he was two. He has been trained in dressage, loves to jump and has been driven in training level CDE competitions since he was 3.

He is now 18 and due to changes in my life is now semi-retired to trail riding and keeping us both healthy. He a Foundation Morgan 15'1h with a sturdy old-style build. I have done nearly all of the riding and most of the driving training, with support from Jan Chuchman and John Lassetter among others. He has been a confidence builder, has worked to 2nd level dressage with some third level moves in the past. He has been a longe line school master, point-and-shoot over fences, a safe hack (he does water!) and a kind guardian of timid folk - equine or human. Quiet, sane, but no deadhead - he can pull a spin spook with the best of them..

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Rocket Man!

It's been two years since my Total Knee replacement, and three since his serious hind end injury (best guess is that zigged when he should have zagged, on ice, and went down in the pasture) and we've been slowly making our way toward real riding. He's clearly bored stiff in the ring, but we normally walk the trails and with the hard ground, I'm using Old Mac boots - which he interprets as the right to run. ;).  I still can't post for lengthy periods and his sitting trot is impossible…


Posted on September 16, 2013 at 8:29pm

Awesome night for a ride

What a lovely night to ride.  Warm and comfortable with crisp clean fall air. 

He's so much fitter now - We worked in the ring for almost thirty minutes.  The canter was a clean three beat in both directions, with some counter canter, good contact without curling behind the bit or lifting his head & dropping his back.  He gave me a working trot that I could sit even despite my own physical limitations.  Then he really stretched out and motored on as we walked the track in the…


Posted on September 27, 2011 at 10:32pm — 1 Comment

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At 4:08pm on September 30, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…

I got the Morgan Horse magazine back in the middle 1960's for one year.  I decided to fall in love with Arabs (for one thing they were still showing natural back then) but I've always liked Morgans.  I like what I saw of Wh. Duke's disposition in the ads, so different from the fire breathing show horses!

Mary Jean Vasiloff was very kind to me when I wrote her, answered questions and she sent me her calender.  I also love her book "Alone With Your Horse", still got it somewhere in my piles of horse books.

I am so glad that Morgan breeders are saving the old Morgan type.  I think it was Reese who brought in the Saddlebred lines, after messing the Morgan up he went to run Kelloggs Arabians in California and also changed the Arabian from the foundation conformation, it was not Saddlebred enough for him!  I wish that guy had kept out of both breeds, we'd have a lot more small, compact, food-efficient and sane horses around instead of imitations of fire breathing dragons!


At 11:12am on September 28, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…
Your horse's sire is from Whippoorwill farm!  Back in the sixties I fell in love with Whippoorwill Duke, of all the horses in the Morgan magazine he was the one I liked.
At 3:52am on September 9, 2011, Gaia Vincenzi said…

Hi from Italy =)
What a beautiful pictures!

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At 8:00am on August 28, 2011, Barbara F. said…
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At 7:13pm on August 27, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…

Welcome to Barnmice Ruth!

Bounce sounds like quite a guy.

At 4:08pm on August 27, 2011, Barbara F. said…
Welcome Ruth!!

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