Stable Sheet - January 2019
Stable Sheet - January 2019
"An American Legacy - The Morgan Horse"
From The Board
Mission Statement for your Board of Directors:
"To promote & preserve the Morgan Breed, serve MHAO members, & support the Unity of the Morgan community."
President's Message
A new year lies ahead with new adventures and challenges. The Board will have its planning session January 16th and I am looking forward to hearing what everyone has in mind. Look for our report in the next Stable Sheet or come to the General Membership Meeting on March 9th. We need your input on our ideas.
Our first event is well along in its planning. Don't miss the Spring Clinic on March 9th focused on Ranch Pleasure and facilitated by Peggy Bond-Heath followed by the General Membership Meeting over lunch and the exciting MHAO Stallion Service Auction. See more information later in this newsletter.

Come one, come all!
March 9th, 2019

Shelley & Bob Bullard are our hosts at
Northwest Morgans in Hillsboro.
Thank you Shelley & Bob!

See you there!

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year!
Save The Date!
Spring Clinic, General Membership Meeting
& Stallion Service Auction
March 9, 2019
9am - 1pm
Ranch Pleasure Clinic
With Peggy Bond-Heath
Hosted by Northwest Morgans
Bob & Shelley Bullard
12145 SW Madrona Ridge Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Up To Six Riding Spots Available
Register early!
Auditors welcome.
Pricing for Riding Spots:
$80 for MHAO Members
$100 for Non-Members

Pricing for Auditors:
$15 for MHAO Members
$25 for Non-Members

Pricing for Youth Auditors (18 & under):
$5 for MHAO Members
$10 for Non-Members

Lunch Provided
Ranch Pleasure classes are offered at the
Oregon Morgan Classic.
Questions on the clinic: Contact Erin Silver
(971) 600-8933,

About Peggy:
Peggy has over 30 years of equine industry experience, she started her adventure in her early teens riding english and competed in eventing up through high school graduation. While attending college at Utah State University, pursuing a Agribusiness degree, she worked for a cutting trainer and was introduced to a completely different, yet exciting discipline. From cutting she experienced reining and reined cow horse and has been hooked ever since. Peggy most recently spent the last 5 years riding with her trainer and mentor Chuck Nesmith, National Reining Horse Trainer and NRHA Judge of Ault Colorado. She shows competitively in NRHA, AQHA, IBHA, ABRA, CRCC and ASHA. Peggy holds her judges card with the American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) and Oregon Family Equestrian Association (OFEA), and has donated the last 15 years to the local 4H program helping out most recently with the Ranch Horse Program and Hippology. She is an experienced Clinician offering private and onsite clinics.

Gary and Peggy relocated to Oregon City, from Colorado in 2012 and are proud to call Oregon home. They share the farm with each other as well as many 4 legged family members. Peggy's daughter Alysha is currently living and working in Denver, CO and is quite a hand with the horses herself. You'll see Gary around the property helping out with maintenance, hauling hay and jumping in where he's needed. He's a big help in keeping our pastures healthy and our Trainer sane :)
Clinic Followed by lunch
1pm - 1:30pm
and the MHAO General Membership Meeting -
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Followed by:
MHAO Stallion Service Auction
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Stallion Breedings & Other Items
March 9, 2019
@Northwest Morgans
Stallion Nominations Open Thru January!
Stay in Touch!
We Are Currently Looking for "Other Items"
Help Needed to man the phones at the
Stallion Service Auction!
Do you have a cell phone?
If so, we could sure use your help.

Call Gay Adams for more information or to volunteer.
Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276,
MHAO Breeder's Cup Futurity
Renewals are due now.
Renewal packets were sent out via email
in early December due December 31st
No late fees if paid by January 31st.
Futurity Classes are offered at the
Oregon Morgan Classic
June 19-22, 2019

Our Futurity is open to any Morgan foal
by AMHA registered parents.

Click here to download the Futurity Rules
Click here to download a 2019 Foal Nomination Form
Click here for the Class Declaration Form

Questions: Contact Gay Adams
(503) 936-4276,
Ad Rates For The
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet
for MHAO Members
Get Your Ad In by June 1st
Inside Front or Back Cover - $90
Full Page - $81
Half Page - $54
Third Page - $36
Quarter Page - $31.50
Business Card - $22.50
Stallion Directory (1/4th page, set format) - $27

These are MHAO member rates & already
reflect a 10% discount from non-member rates
The Oregon Morgan Classic
Announcements From Far West
Far West Spring Cowboy Dressage
Schooling Gathering

The Entries are now open for the FW Spring Cowboy Dressage Schooling Gathering. Get your entries in early as this is a one day show limited to 60 rides.

Entries are now on our website
April 27, 2019
Deschutes County Fair
and Expo Center
Sagebrush arena.
Entries are starting to come in for the April 27th FarWest Cowboy Dressage Schooling Gathering. Our Judge is Sara Uhalde. We are limiting the number of rides to 60, so don't get left out. This event will be held at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo center in Redmond, OR.

This year we have exciting new things for our FarWest Cowboy Dressage events. First, we have added a new division of Novice Rider. Secondly we are offering a year end Awards to all of our local East of the Cascades participants. Check out all the new rules on our website:

Also, get your entry form for the schooling show.

We look forward to see you all this year!
Northwest Academy Horse Show
June 1, 2019

NW Academy Horse show registration
and rules

Venue: Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon

This will be an exciting event full of fun!

Show Announcement From MHCWS
BC Morgan Horse Show

May 30 to June 2, 2019
NW Washington Fair
& Event Center
Lynden, Washington
USEF # 334253
Get Registered For
MHAO High Point Awards
Get Ready For The New Year
Click here to download a registration form

Questions: Contact Erin Silver
(971) 600-8933

Watch for information on the
High Point Program
in the February Stable Sheet
The story of Brandy,
a Morgan horse during the Civil War.
The First Vermont Cavalry had 1,200 Morgan horses supplied for the Civil War and only about 200 of the original horses survived. This is the story of Brandy a Vermont Morgan horse, his owners, the First Vermont Cavalry, and the Emmitsburg Daughters of Charity and their involvement in the War, especially at the Battle of Gettysburg. It is also a wholesome love story—love for a woman, a horse, and for God and country. Historical fiction. (278pp. illus. Masthof Press, 2018.)

Customer Reviews
Enjoyable Read
Mary Calis on Aug 20, 2018
"It was a delightful read." The Daughters of Charity at Emmitsburg, Maryland

A Good Read
J ohn Greenall on Aug 20, 2018
“A well written story of the influence the Vermont Cavalry mounted on Morgan Horses changed the outcome of the Civil War. Factual and well written, the author’s love of the Morgan breed shines through.”
— John Greenall, owner, breeder, exhibitor and judge of Morgan Horses
Have you renewed your Membership
to MHAO Yet?
Renewal forms for your Membership in the Morgan Horse Association of Oregon were mailed to you along with your ballot back in October. It was included along with your Membership Directory.

Have you renewed yet?

If not, please proof the form provided in your packet, add a note for any changes needed, and mail or email it back to Kathy Christensen, Membership Chair. If you can't find the form either contact Kathy to have her email you a copy or click on the link below for a blank Membership Form you can complete and send to her.

Click here to download a blank membership form

Kathy Christensen, MHAO Membership Chair & Vice President
1010 Rainbow hills Lane SE, Salem OR 97306
(503) 391-9047,
USEF To Honor Georgia Green

Lifetime Achievement Award

US Equestrian is pleased to announce Georgia Green as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award to be acknowledged at the 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting at the Hilton West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. She will be recognized at the Pegasus Awards on Thursday, January 10, 2019, along with other prestigious award winners .
Green (Morgan Mill, Texas) has been a dedicated leader for the Morgan breed. For more than 40 years, Green and her husband, John, have owned and operated Roadshow Morgans, the largest Morgan breeding operation in Texas and one of the largest amateur operations in the country. They purchased their first Morgan horse, Funquest Paddy, in 1972 and their first breeding stallion, Showcase, in 1973, which has led to more than 100 horses with the Roadshow prefix. These top-quality horses have become world and national champions, local winners, and beloved family pets. Green's dedication to this American horse is exemplified by her work to foster interest for pedigreed livestock in younger generations.

Green joined the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Board of Directors in 1980. Five years later, she was named AMHA's Woman of the Year, as well as the organization's first female president. She served as AMHA president from 1985 to 1988 and again from 1993 to 1996. For nearly 30 years, Green served on its Board of Directors and chaired several committees, including the all-important Registry Committee. Outside of AMHA, Green served on the show committee for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® for many years, serving as show chair three times. She also served on the USEF Board of Directors as the Morgan breed representative and currently sits on the USEF Morgan Sport Committee.

Green was honored with the National Pedigreed Livestock Council's 2007 Distinguished Service Award for those whose dedication to their chosen breed is exhibited through extensive altruistic endeavors. Now, Green is the recipient of the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award for her undying commitment to the Morgan breed, which has elevated the sport’s excellence.
Play Golf with Howie
At The Convention!
Join Morgan photographer extraordinaire Howie Schatzberg for a day of fun and golf at the world-renowned Hill Country Gold Club in San Antonio on Saturday, February 9! This exciting tournament is part of the AMHA Annual Convention, which takes place February 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio.
This two/four-person scramble is open to everyone and will be a truly spectacular golf experience! Cost to play is $100 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf. Clubs may be rented separately. Reservations must be made by January 14, 2019. There are prizes for every hole and Custom golf bags for the winning team!

Click here to sign up for this fun event! Make payment to AMHA, Attn. Golf Tournament, 4066 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482. Contact Howie at (480) 595-2865, for more information on the tournament.
Our Cover Girl
Congratulations to the 2018 Morgan Adequan
®/USDF All-Breeds Award Winners

Several Morgans recently earned year-end awards from the United States Dressage Federation. These awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of specific breeds in dressage, these awards are presented to horses declared for a participating registry/organization (PO) with USDF
Click here to read more
AMHA Call To Action
Get Your Votes In.
It is so easy to do!
See the AMHA Section for more information.
An Article From
The Basic Physical Examination
All owners should know their horses’ normal vital signs and how to take them correctly.
Here’s a review.
The easiest place to take your horse's heart rate is the mandibular artery
located just under the jaw. Photo Credit: The Horse Staff
You have owned your horse for one year now, and it has been smooth sailing up until today. No episodes of colic, no mornings of being off feed, only some minor scrapes from romps in the paddock. Today, however, is a different story, and your horse obviously is not well. You call your veterinarian, but you can give him no clues as to the severity of the illness, only saying, “He’s depressed and not eating.” Your veterinarian asks what the horse’s temperature is, but you don’t even own a thermometer…

This scenario is all too familiar for a veterinarian. Some horse owners have no knowledge of how to perform the most basic examinations on their animals. Owning a horse is a wonderful experience, but it also comes with responsibility.

All horse owners should know the basics of a physical examination what the normal temperature, pulse, and respiration parameters are for a horse and how to take them correctly.
By being able to relay this basic information to the veterinarian about the parameters of an “unwell” horse, owners or farm managers can aid a practitioner in determining just how serious the problem is and how quickly the veterinarian needs to respond.

For example, if in the above scenario the horse owner could tell the veterinarian that the horse’s rectal temperature was 104°F and the heart rate was 60 beats/minute, the veterinarian surely would see that horse the very next call, rather than possibly triaging the horse until later in the day.

Another classic scenario occurs when a horse owner notices that the horse seems quiet in the morning and not terribly interested in his morning grain. He or she thinks it a bit unusual, but goes off to work anyway. When the horse owner returns from work after 5 p.m., things are much worse. Again, if the owner had known how to perform a basic physical examination (temperature, pulse, and respiration), he or she would have known that the horse was very ill and called the veterinarian immediately.

I am not stating that the owner’s or caretaker’s basic physical examination takes the place of a veterinarian’s examination. I am merely of the opinion that becoming familiar with these techniques can help you (the owner or caretaker) recognize a problem and be able to relay the information to your veterinarian. This most basic of information can save time, and potentially save a horse’s life.

Above all, talk to your veterinarian. Make sure he or she understands that you are interested and want to learn how to care for your horse better. Furthermore, have your veterinarian observe you while you perform a basic physical examination. Then he or she can help in any areas you might not understand or not do properly. Also, take that time to ask your veterinarian what information he or she would like in the case of an emergency.

Exam Tools
To perform a basic physical examination, it will help to have a few supplies a thermometer, a stethoscope, and a watch that allows you to count seconds. Most lay people like digital thermometers because the time for a reading is much less about one minute for a digital compared to three to five minutes for a traditional glass thermometer. In the case of foals, it is probably kinder and possibly safer to use the soft digital ones rather than the rigid glass types, especially if the foal is particularly rambunctious. You can purchase the aforementioned thermometers in any drug store or well-equipped tack shop.

The stethoscope, of course, is an instrument that magnifies sound. This will allow you to hear the heart beating clearly and better distinguish the sounds of breathing. There are many different types of stethoscopes, but for your purposes, a very inexpensive one can be purchased at a drug store or through a horse supply catalogue.

The Power of Observation
I always have believed that the beginning of a really good physical examination first involves observing. This applies to veterinarians, physicians, and any good horse person. A great deal can be learned just by observing posture, attitude, and the environment. It is a skill that usually must be taught, or at least honed, as not all of us are naturally observant.

Most of the time learning to be more observant just entails learning what to watch for patterns of lying down to rest, normal responses to exercise, normal appetite, etc. Observation from outside the stall or paddock can give valuable information. For example, did the horse eat or drink last night, how many piles of manure were passed, is the pain mild (flank watching) or are there paw marks and evidence of rolling in the stall or on the horse?

By using your powers of observation, you can determine what is normal and abnormal behavior. And, by observing every day, it can become an almost unconscious part of your daily examination, which can help alert you to a potential problem.

The Basic Examination
After observing your horse, you determine that he is not well or is injured. If the injury/illness is mild (small wound, mild colic), you can perform your basic physical examination first before calling your veterinarian. Obviously if the horse is in severe pain (thrashing, rolling, or severely bleeding), you call your veterinarian first, then perform your physical examination. Or, you can perform your examination while waiting for your veterinarian to call you back if he/she must be paged.

Your powers of observation can help determine what is wrong. For example, is there any nasal discharge or coughing? That might indicate a respiratory infection. Is the horse walking comfortably in the stall, or has he remained in one spot all morning? That could indicate that his muscles or feet are sore. Is the mare’s udder dripping with milk? That indicates the foal is not nursing and is sick!

Rectal Temperature
The rectal temperature can be taken easily on most horses. Approach the horse from the side do not stand directly behind the horse in case he decides to kick shake the thermometer down if using a mercury type. Place a small amount of lubrication (petroleum jelly or KY Jelly) on the thermometer; then insert it gently into the rectum. Make sure the thermometer is tied to a clip and attached to the tail to avoid losing it in the stall (or the horse). If using a glass thermometer, you can move on to the heart and respiratory rate at this time.

The normal rectal temperature of a horse is 99.5-101.5° (A neonatal foal’s normal temperature is between 100.0-102°F). Hypothermia (low body temperature) is very dangerous for foals, so keep them warm if their temperature shows up below normal and you’re waiting for your veterinarian to return your call. A fever indicates some type of severe stress often infection somewhere within the body.

Pulse and Respiration
The heart rate (pulse) and respiratory rate can be taken without a stethoscope, if one is unavailable. The stethoscope just makes it much easier.

The pulse can be taken from the lingual artery, which is on the bottom side of the jaw, where it crosses over the bone. The pulse can be taken for 15 seconds, then multiplied by four to achieve the heart rate in beats/minute. If a stethoscope is available, then listening to the heart is easiest on the left side of the horse, just behind the elbow. Each “lub-dub” of the heart is considered one beat. The normal heart rate for a horse is 24-36 beats per minute (bpm). The heart rate for foals varies depending on age. Newborn foals have a heart rate of around 80 beats per minute (bpm). Foals within the first few weeks of life vary between 70-100 bpm.
The respiratory rate can be taken by watching the horse breathe or feeling the air come out of his nostrils. The stethoscope can be used to listen to the breaths as they travel across the trachea or in the chest. The trachea should sound clear.

The “character” of respiration should be noted. Is the horse taking shallow or deep breaths? Are there abnormal sounds associated with the breathing? The normal respiratory rate for adult horses is eight to 12 breaths/minute. Newborn foals have respiratory rates that are quite high, ranging from 60-80 breaths per minute. Foals within the first weeks of life have resting respiratory rates from 20-40 breaths per minute.

Please remember that if your horse or foal becomes excited for any reason during your examination, it can elevate the heart and respiratory rate temporarily.

Mucous Membranes
Another indicator of wellness is the color of the mucous membranes or gums. Healthy horses have nice pink gums that are moist to the touch. Capillary refill time also can be performed while looking at your horse’s gums. Press your finger on the gum, then release the time it takes for the area to turn from white (where you pressed out the blood) back to pink is the capillary refill time. It should be around two seconds. Gums that are dark red, bright or brick red, blue, or even white with a prolonged capillary refill time, usually indicate one of the various forms of shock. Your veterinarian should be summoned immediately.

Your veterinarian’s examination will be much more detailed. The veterinarian will not just listen for the respiratory rate, but will evaluate the entire lung field for abnormal sounds. Evaluation of the heart includes not just the rate, but also the rhythm and the presence or absence of a murmur. If a horse is displaying signs of colic, the abdomen will be ausculted for sounds of a healthy, moving gastrointestinal tract, or the more ominous silence of a GI tract in stasis. Depending on the problem, your veterinarian will perform many other procedures to determine the extent of the problem and the treatment necessary for resolution.

How to Use Your Information
I always recommend that you examine your horse when he is healthy to establish a baseline of normal parameters. Recording the normal temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate for your horse allows you to inform your veterinarian what is normal for your horse when giving him or her the horse’s physical parameters when he becomes sick.

Not all horses display obvious signs of abnormalities. For example, a stoic horse might have a very serious form of colic, but his only outward sign is that he is off feed. There is no rolling or pawing. However, if his heart rate is 70 beats per minute, you know it is very abnormal and indicative of a serious problem.

Finally, when you have trained yourself to observe your horse on a regular basis, you often can see the subtle “red flags” that there is a problem that warrants further evaluation by you, and your veterinarian.
About the author:
Christina S. Cable, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, owns Early Winter Equine in Lansing, New York. The practice focuses on primary care of mares and foals and performance horse problems.
A Call Out From The
Morgan Stock Horse Association
Regarding an Ad In
The Horse & Rider Magazine
Posted on Facebook -
To Morgan stock horse supporters:

In an effort to reach a different demographic customer from our previous ads in Western Horseman, I have brokered a deal, to have our MSHA advertisement in the upcoming issues of Horse & Rider magazine. In the first 2 issues, our ad will be a 1/4 page size and include up to two color photos (twice as large as our WH ad). The first H&R ad will be in the March, 2019 issue. If we can afford 3 consecutive ads, the 4th will be free, but this will require contributions from everyone in our small MSHA community pulling together.

Total Horse & Rider circulation is 108,867 with print and digital subs combined. Here is a link to H&R audience demographics, etc.:

Of course, the ad will direct the reader to our MSHA website and it's "Farm Directory" page. To be included on the Farm Directory page, please get your 2019 membership $75 fee in to me by the 1/31/2019 deadline. Any donations, in any amount, are also welcomed and appreciated.

The sooner everyone gets their membership paid, the sooner we will know what our budget will be and we will be able to order more advertising. What a great opportunity for the National exposure our western working Morgans will receive and it only will cost your farm $75 to be included!

Thank you!

Cary Newman
Morgan Stock Horse Association
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In Memory Of
Out Of The Past
News From Members & Friends
Advertising Thru MHAO
Classified Ads
How to become an MHAO Member
Oregon Horse Council
USEF Convention Summary
Calendar of Events
Board Members
Board Meeting Dates
Gay Adams, Acting Editor | Morgan Horse Association of Oregon
(503) 936-4276 |