Colored Morgans

Ok, I know I could be opening up a can of worms here, but I’ve been wondering lately about the colored Morgans (as in the dilute colors, not necessarily the high white). There seems to be a “stigma” around them as being hunter/western horses, but the stigma also seems to hold true and I’m curious as to why. Bays and Chestnuts go in all divisions, so what is it about adding a dilute gene that seems to limit the horse in the categories it shows in? Is it the origin of those genes? Are they coming from lines that naturally tend toward that? Is it the type of person who’s attracted to those colors tending to want that kind of horse? Is it the because of the stigma (which probably originates from dilute genes being more prevalent in stock horses), folks just pigeonhole these horses into what they expect of them?

Does anyone know of any coloreds (I feel racist saying that, haha) having success in saddle seat divisions? Am I just out of the loop?

6 Responses to Colored Morgans

  1. Trisha says:

    If you look at many color breeders, many seem to favor the lippit and working western bloodlines (not all of course, just many) and looking at pedigrees of the colored horses, most are completely different than if you were to pick out random show horses and look up their pedigrees. Many are also less refined than your show horses today. And if you look at the colored horses who are successfully shown saddleseat, they probably have a more “show horse” pedigree on either the top or bottom.

    AWS Bling Bling is a palomino being shown English Pleasure and I believe he is either by Liberation first star or a son of his. He was shown at least last year.

  2. alpmorgans says:

    is Queen’s Cocoa Puff colored? He seems like a roan. I would call that colored, but it might just be age too.

  3. RaeOfLight says:

    Ah, I remember that Bling Bling horse being on the cover of one of the Morgan publications a few years ago. He would have been 1 or 2 at the time. I had occasionally wondered what ever happened to him… apparently he’s showing?

  4. SMPatriotGames says:

    This is way late in responding but…
    I do hunters and LOVE hunters. My foal (9 months) is a buckskin, out of a bay and by a cremello. The cremello is western pleasure and his dam is just a broodmare. When he comes to show age he’ll most likely move like a western horse, so I won’t be pigeonholing him into a hunter to make me happy.
    I feel like most of the dilute horses that breed are in the western or hunt division so a breeder would have a harder time building an english horse out of that, so they don’t worry about it.
    I’m personally very glad that morgans are not bred for color and rather for disposition, conformation and performance. Never have I seen a morgan that just looks like it was hit by a bus like some of the other breeds who pay too much attention to having pretty colors.

  5. nightmusicfarms says:

    Bling is currently for sale and has several nice photos up, both in harness and under saddle.

  6. nightmusicfarms says:

    Sorry. He is listed on Morgan Showcase.

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