(UNH Vickelect x Illawana Satin)
Looking at the position of the legs, one has to wonder, just what is this mystery gait? But I saw this horse many times when he was much older and I never saw anything other then a true trot. I am guessing that hind leg is dragging behind because in this photo he is only 3 yrs, being pushed for height of front legs & the rider is not helping him at all (can he post any higher?).
I had interest in this horse because I knew his dam, Satin, who was one of the last pure bred Brunk horses around. She died at age 29. She was typical of the Illawana horses and had a very correct, working conformation body, but was rather plain over-all. She also was very long from eye to nose which she did pass on faithfully. Jaunty William had that head. It does not show much in this photo. He passed it along to his few get.
I had a granddaughter of Satin's whose head was not as long as Satin's, but was still long. All four of her foals had her head. That was one strong trait!
In the early 1950's, Mr & Mrs Rex traveled the US, looking for a few good mares to start their breeding program. They came home with one of Government lines, one of Brunk breeding, and one of the Old Vermont lines. Their stallion was the excellent Rex's Major Monte. Mr. Rex passed on and Frieda then married Frank Waer, a character in his own right. They bred some really good Morgans.
When I was just starting in Morgans, the Waers were winding down but their Morgans were still going strong. My favorite was Waer's Dividend, truly typey, handsome and correct. There were many outstanding mares also.
These photos, all taken at the 1972 Morgans Show at the Pomona Fairgrounds, are but a small sampling.
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I've been a student of the horse all my life and an avid reader of all sorts of books. I got into Morgans in 1979, getting my first Morgans in 1980 and then becoming a breed historian with published articles in various publications. I still have Morgans, and cats.