Gift Suggestions

Do you need a gift for the Horse lover in your family? These suggestions are mostly horse related. But they can be adapted for any sport or interest.
They require a bit of thought, but are mostly not very expensive.  We have some suggestions:

1. Subscription to a Horse Magazine or Breed Journal.
Some of the Horse magazines run great specials via the web. Also, you can pick up the latest copy(ies) at your local bookstore to wrap, and use the coupons inside the magazines to order the subscription.
The Morgan Horse Magazine is $31.50 for a year’s subscription. www.morganhorse.com , >>Breed Magazine. For all interests in the Morgan breed.
The Morgan Connection is more specifically for the Morgan Horse Show World. www.morganconnection.net
There are other breed specific magazines; and category specifics. I/we always give John a subscription to the Driving Digest and Membership in the American Driving Society. Off and on, we have also had a subscription to the Carriage Journal.

2. Speaking of memberships: The American Morgan Horse Association (see above) also has yearly memberships at various levels. There are definite benefits to belonging to a national breed association and having input about your giftee’s favorite breed.
If they have a favorite sport, such as driving, a membership to that organization is a gift that they can utilize all year long. John and I and some other family members and friends look forward to the magazines arrivals each month.

3. How about a membership to a local club. Our regional Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association has provided us with interesting meetings, good friends, and activites revolving around our communities and our favorite horse. You do not need to own a horse, or a horse of a particular breed to join most equine related clubs. There are lots of opportunities to gain knowledge and make friends. The memberships are often VERY reasonable, for instance: The Blue Ridge Club’s website is: www.blueridgemorganhorseassociation@yolasite.com Dues are $20 individual, $10 youth, $25 family, and $30 farm.
States or Regions almost always have clubs that you can obtain a gift membership from at reasonable prices. 

4. Equipment: One year we gave each of our grandchildren a grooming tote, with a colorful and unique halter, lead shank; and individual hoof picks, brushes, etc. This was not in-expensive (times 4) but they seemed to like having “their own” equipment, and it did last quite awhile before the supplies got inter-mingled.

Gift certificates towards equipment can be purchased also.
We give gift certificates to local and “bigger” tack and feed stores.

5. Ok, I have to say it: A horse! Normally, I do not believe in gifting any animal, from a kitten or puppy to a horse.
But, If you give the present by picture/and gift certificate…and let the person help choose…
If not a whole horse…
A lesson…
Or a seminar…
Or a video for a particular skill.

These ideas can all be upscaled or downscaled depending on the amounts that you have available to spend, and the people that you are spending it on. The memberships and subscriptions can be for an entire family, or just one person.
As your gift list expands or contracts, and your budget as well, these suggestions can be altered to fit the circumstances. And it shows the person that you are thinking about what interests them.

Enjoy your Holiday season, whatever your religious affiliation.  And have a Blessed and safe New Year, with lots of new ideas for having fun with family and friends, and whatever interests that you share.

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AMHA & ADS, the websites and the FEI World Singles Driving Championships.

There is a weekly News Brief from the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA). 

If you belong to the AMHA and wish to subscribe to the Weekly News Brief which is free and delivered to your email:  click on: http://multibriefs.com/optin.php?amha  

If that link which I followed does not work for you…go to the www.morganhorse.com and contact them to sign up.  The News Brief is published by a company named MultiBriefs for the AMHA.

If you do not belong to the AMHA, or just want to check occasionally to see what is happening in the large world of the Morgan Horse…Go to www.morganhorse.com click on News, Dates and Events for News in General.  All the same news appears to be there.

Several of us here on the farm prefer to drive our horses with a cart.  So, I am always interested in Morgan Horse Driving News.

Two Morgan Horse enthusiasts and their Morgan Horses are representing the USA in team and individual competition in the FEI World Singles Driving Championships.

They are now in Italy with their Morgan Horses for a competition starting today, July 30th and ending on Aug. 1st.

You can read more about them using either method above.

Also, The American Driving Society, which John has been a member of for years (a membership for your favorite person is a convenient Birthday gift!) is doing a photo series following the U S Team.  The photos from trailering to practice sessions can be seen at www.americandrivingsociety.com

Our best wishes to all the members of the TEAM.

AND YEA!! For the Morgans!!

Morgan Horses in the South

Recently, I was looking at the statistics section of the members section of the American Morgan Horse Association website (AMHA) www.morganhorse.com.

There is lots of interesting information on the website, which is the official site for the Morgan Horse. You do not have to be a member to access a great deal of information about this magnificent animal from the site. But, being a member does provide extra benefits.

The site promotes all the aspects of the potential of the Morgan Horse. One of the prime characteristics of the Morgan is his/her versatility. There are so many ways to enjoy these wonderful companions: backyard pleasure; trails; endurance contests; work horses – cow horses to police mounts; carriage driving; hunter-jumpers; dressage; breeding to preserve and enhance bloodlines; and, of course, in the show ring; just to name a few ways to utilize the Morgan Horses’ talents.

But, back to statistics. We have lived in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. For the past fourteen years, we have been living in the South, specifically in Eastern Tennessee 

I was interested in the number of Morgan Horses that there are in Tennessee, and elsewhere in the South. When we moved here, we didn’t know anyone else who owned Morgan Horses.  Since then, we belong to, and/or support a couple different southern Morgan Horse clubs/associations.

There were 1,079 Tennesse Morgan horses in Total as of December 31, 2009, which accounted for approximately 1% (1.06%) of all the Morgan Horses in the world. Now, statistics may be off a bit due to unreported deaths, and non-registered births. But, we can assume that this is a fairly accurate picture. Of these, 275 are stallions; 558 are mares; and 246 are geldings.

We can play the six degrees of separation game; but that is still MANY more Morgan Horses than I can personally name here in Tennessee.

For those of you who are not members of the AMHA, and/or do not have access to the statistics, let me tell you some other statistics.

There are 507 Morgan Horses in Alabama (.50%); 1,136 Morgans in Georgia (1.11%); 1425 Morgans in Kentucky (1.40%); 1450 in North Carolina (1.42%); 421 in South Carolina (.41%); and Virginia has 1570 (1.54%). Louisiana has 211 (.21%) and Mississippi has 165 (.16%).
Florida, a special case, with many former Northern Morgan Horse owners and trainers, has the most in the South, 2002 or (1.96%).

State Stallions Mares Geldings Total %age
TN 275 558 246 1079 1.06%
AL 117 277 113   507    .50%
GA 227 585 324 1136 1.11%
KY 343 769 313 1425 1.40%
NC 284 732 434 1450 1.42%
SC   86 227 108 421 .41%
VA 265 835 470 1570 1.54%
LA   44 108   59 211 .21%
MS   46 68   51 165 .16%
FL 368 1011 623 2002 1.96%
Totals 2055 5170 2741 9966 9.77%

Statistics courtesy of the AMHA www.morganhorse.com

So, people with wonderful, versatile, beautiful, and smart Morgan Horses:   Please write and tell us how you enjoy being with your Morgan Horses…

And even more important, join your local state Morgan Horse club, and let people with and without a Morgan, know about your Morgan horse(s).

If you need information regarding the local associations, please contact the AMHA www.Morganhorse.com or us….we’ll connect you.

and please see the Blue Ridge Morgan Horse Association website:  http://www.blueridgemorganhorseassociation.yolasite.com/  Sue Nerland, who has done a wonderful job with the website, just turned over webmaster duties to Michael McGee, who is putting his own touches to the site.

And come back often…it is a work in progress.