ABOUT BROOKRIDGE MORGANS

Brookridge Morgans began as a childhood dream of mine. Like many young girls, I collected model horses; one of my first was the Breyer black Morgan, which my grandmother gave me. Involvement in the model horse hobby eventually led to the real thing- first with a friend's Morgans, and later with the purchase of my Morgan mare Reminiscing in 1984.

The Brookridge ideal is the Morgan of classic "old type". This curvy, full-bodied, pretty headed, unmistakably Morgan horse is reflected in my artwork and equine sculpture. I appreciate the older Morgan bloodlines of all families. My training philosophy uses positive reinforcement, which results in horses with incredibly willing and cheerful attitudes. The Brookridge Morgans live outside, as nature intended,  barefoot and in the company of the herd. 

I am deeply involved with colorful Morgans and enjoy researching and writing about bloodlines related to the various colors present in our breed. My articles have appeared in The Morgan Horse magazine, Simply Morgan, Classic Morgan Admirers, the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association Newsletter, Just About Horses, and many other equine publications over the years. Many of my articles for The Morgan Horse magazine can be found here (scroll down to the bottom). I maintain two educational websites about color in the Morgan breed: Morgan Colors and the Silver Dapple Morgans Project. I've enjoyed editing the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association newsletter since 1996, and have also served as editor of the Georgia Morgan Horse Club newsletter. My other passion is creating eye-catching equine advertising and website design.

My husband Jim built much of our farm himself, including our lovely barn. Our extended family includes the new owners of horses we've owned and/or bred, as well as our canine companions Jackson, Nellie, and Sophie.

Sit back and relax as you explore our website. I love to take pictures, so there is a lot to look through. Even better, come see our Morgans in person. We welcome your visit, and so will the horses. Give us a call or email today! -Laura Behning

BROOKRIDGE NEWS


January 21, 2014- The week of January 6 brought unusually cold and wet weather to Georgia. The following Tuesday, Willy Remember Me, aka "Mimi", was acting colicky. I gave her 10 ccs of banamine. There was no improvement after an hour, so I called the vet. Of course once he was on the way she started eating, but something told me he needed to see her any way and not to cancel the call. It turns out it was not colic- she had a respiratory virus with secondary bacterial pneumonia (probably due to her age and resultant compromised immunity). I had heard a couple of my horses coughing the previous day, but I thought it was the hay. Then while waiting for the vet, I'd noticed that Maddy, Mimi's daughter, had a snotty nose as I was cleaning her drylot. NO IDEA how they would have gotten this as we have no immediate neighbors with horses and no new horses here or visitors who have horses in some time, but I assume the extreme weather was a factor.  The two black mares, Rosie and Kyrie, showed no signs of illness, but within 24 hours, the others were all coughing and showing nasal discharge.

We put her on SMZ's and banamine. After 2 days there was no improvement, so my vet came back out and we switched her antibiotic to Excede. Sadly, after another 48 hours, Mimi was much worse, no longer eating or drinking, and breathing with great effort. I made the very sad decision to end her suffering. She is buried next to her dam, Reminiscing.

Mimi was the first product of my tiny breeding program. I had her for 28 years. Though 28 years is a long time, it was not nearly long enough. RIP, my beauty.


January, 2014- Meanwhile, in Canada... while the rest of us were frozen by the artic vortex... those hearty Canucks just get out and ride! This is the bay silver stallion Unconventional (Gone Gold x Foxton Frosty Dawn), bred by me, now owned by Lyle and Cindy Dietz of Coulee Bend Morgans in Galahad, AB. Cindy regularly sends me stunning pictures of Connor and there are several others from this day's ride on his web page. What a good boy Connor is- Cindy says he thoroughly enjoys the snow! Connor stands at Coulee Bend Morgans.


October 19, 2013- Coral won a spot in the 2014 Rainbow Morgan Horse Association calendar with this candid shot from August 2013. The winners were determined by a member vote. We are very honored and excited!


October 5, 2013- Every October, we host a model horse show (similar to doll house or railroad miniatures, with an additional emphasis on artistic qualities) called The Southern Model Horse Convention, here at the farm. This year was our 26th year! The show is a unique opportunity to introduce and promote Morgans to the model horse hobbyists that attend the show from all over the southeast. Classes are similar to those found in real horse shows, but in miniature- held on a tabletop "show ring" in the barn. Our Morgans are nearby outside, hanging around the pasture gate begging for attention pretty much all day. Entrants are given a chance to ride a Morgan, and several SouthCon regulars have become Morgan owners and breeders after meeting Morgans at the show.

My favorite picture of the day was this one of Coral with Montana Cook (L) and Jorja Alewine (R). I loved how Coral was really working it to get some lovin'!


Emma Huffman (age 14) and Patented during SouthCon 2013. Pat has been my "go to" horse for visitors to ride for many years, as his dam was before him.

Site updated: January 21, 2013

BROOKRIDGE MORGANS
Jim and Laura Behning
75 Glass Spring Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 385-1240
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Learn more about the very rare silver dapple gene at the Silver Dapple Morgans Project.

 
To learn more about color in the Morgan breed, visit the Morgan Colors website.


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