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
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
barefoot and in the company of
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
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
Nellie, and Sophie.
Sit back and relax as you explore our website. I love to take pictures, so there is a lot to
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
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.
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
to ride for many years, as his dam was before him.
Site updated: January 21, 2013
Jim and Laura Behning
75 Glass Spring Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
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