Why a Morgan?

     In addition to the Morgan’s natural baroque build and all of its desirable conformational qualities, the breed’s great heart and athletic ability also contribute to its excellence as a sport horse. Anyone who has read the classic story of the foundation of the breed, Justin Morgan Had A Horse, knows that this solitary stallion from whom all Morgans descend could out work, out pull, out trot, and out race any other horse of his day.  The famous stallion Figure lived a long and robust life, working right up to the end when he died at the age of 32.

      When the U. S. Government wanted to select the strongest and most hardy horses to mount its cavalry, it held a series of endurance trials to evaluate horses of many domestic and imported breeds. These trials consisted of multiple events designed to test the strength, stamina, and soundness of the horses.  One test consisted of seven consecutive days of 50-mile treks, and another, a 300-mile ride completed in five days. Only those horses that remained sound after these rigorous tests were considered for the government program. The one breed that consistently proved that it could hold up under these rigors was the Morgan horse, and so it became the official breed for the U. S. Army Remount Program.

      Today’s Morgan horse possesses all of the qualities of its famous founder—hardiness, strength, heart, courage, and gameness.  In addition, the breed possesses a lively, intelligent mind that makes it a pleasure to work with. These horses bond with their owners to create a true partnership.

  

What is our goal?

Victory Meadows seeks to produce horses that embody all of the fine qualities and traits that make the Morgan breed legendary. We breed for structural soundness, purity of gaits, and friendly dispositions. We look for pedigrees based on old Government breeding and prominent Midwest programs such as Joseph Brunk and Elmer Brown. We also have a strong appreciation for the proven Western Working lines.

 

Nutrition

Based on consultation with our veterinarian, we have selected a complete-feed program that supplements the nutritional content of our local hay. All of our horses are on this complete-nutrition program. 

 

Daily Handling

All of our horses are handled daily. Youngsters learn to lead, yield to pressure, and are taught ground manners. As they mature, foals are introduced and desensitized to tarps, plastic bags, umbrellas, flags, and as many spooky items as we can think of during their short daily handling sessions. They learn early to tolerate clippers, have their feet handled, and other life lessons such as standing tied, trailer loading, and bathing. 

 

Stick and Level

Having grown up around other breeds of horses, I fully understand the measurement of a horse in the centuries-old and internationally accepted unit of “hands” whereby one hand equals 4 inches.  A horse of 15.2 hands, therefore, is 62 inches tall at the withers, which means for a person like me who is 5-feet-6-inches tall, the highest point of the horse’s withers will be just about level with my nose and the withers of a horse 15.3 hands will be level with my eyes.  I learned soon after my discovery of Morgans and Arabians that many people involved with these breeds have devised an alternate system of measuring that does not conform to the universal horsemen’s method. I have seen this so often that I am compelled to mention it here.  My horses are represented in true hands, barefoot, and standing on level ground. Every visitor is welcome to request stick-and-level verification of a horse’s stated height.

 

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