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, a gift from my grandmother. Involvement in the model horse hobby eventually led to the real thing- first with a friend's Morgans, and later with the purchase of the 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 and, hopefully, in the Morgans that I breed. 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 breeding programs and bloodlines related to the various colors present in our breed. My articles currently appear in our breed journal, The Morgan Horse magazine; older articles appeared in 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 edited the Rainbow Morgan Horse Association newsletter from 1996-2016, and 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, and 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 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


December 2, 2020- Well folks keep asking, so it's time to let the cat out of the bag. Ariel- registered as CONJURED (KS Bluestem The Old Guard x Positively Charmed)- our 2020 palomino+splash+silver filly- has a new owner! The lucky lady is Jennifer Poulin-Novaria! Jennifer was the very first person to inquire about Ari, right after her birth. That was followed by literally dozens of other interested parties, from as far away as Australia! Initially I just could not decide what to do; I thought after all the trouble we had getting Charli in foal, it might be better to keep Ari and just lease her out for breeding. Reality set in- I am just too old and I want less "dependents" (read: horses!), so Ari will be headed to her new home in the spring.

Jennifer is from the Poulin family of horsefolk, extremely well known in the dressage and CDE world- her uncle Larry Poulin drove Ari's great great great grandsire Kennebec Count to his many CDE wins. To make things even more exciting, Jennifer owns Count's last intact son, Kennebec Charis- who is out of Kennebec Opal, Ari's great great grand dam! And Ari will (hopefully) be bred to him in the future, for some fabulous linebreeding on the great old Kennebec blood.

I want to thank all of the wonderful folks who inquired about Ari- I've honestly never had so many excellent potential buyers to choose from, and in the midst of a pandemic no less! You are all wonderful, and your interest in our lil Ariel was very much appreciated. Ari is the long awaited foal from our smoky black silver mare Positively Charmed and sired by KS Bluestem The Old Guard. Many thanks to our vet (now retired) Ross Kittrell for working some AI magic to bring Ariel into the world. The full story is on Ariel's page here.



November 7, 2020- They say when it rains, it pours. And that things come in threes. That has certainly been the case around here the past couple of weeks.

THING #1- Poop, Poop and more Poop- Ariel had diarrhea after her weaning. It cleared to maybe 90% better after the vet-recommended PowerPac, but a week later, it was baaaack. UGH. Many days of washing that little hiney later, I gave up and called the vet again. This time they ran bloodwork, did a fecal, and sent a sample to UGA for them to run a diarrhea panel. NADA. No infectious disease, no parasites, her bloodwork was perfect. The vet put her on a 10 day course of Metronidazole and Saccaromyces, a probiotic. Within 24 hours her stools were normal- a sight I haven't seen in weeks. I am praying she does not relapse again. Please God, no.

THING #2- When Your Spayed Bitch Isn't Really Spayed, and Other Bedtime Stories- A few days before the vet's visit for Ari, I noticed a few blood droplets on the living room floor. Oh joy, which of my two dogs is bleeding? I looked them over and could find no wounds, which isn't easy because both are black. It is hard to see blood on a black background. The next day it occurred to me (in my increasingly sleep deprived state) that it might be coming from a body orifice, so I took a tissue and dabbed a little from dog #1's privates. Bingo, culprit found, it was Sophie. We paid a visit to our small animal vet a few days later for an ultrasound. It showed a mass where Sophie's ovary would be, and a larger mass below the bladder. The vet was very doom and gloom. She referred us to a specialist for further imaging, which was supposed to be a CAT scan. A few days later, we arrived to that appointment, after an hour and a half drive in traffic, to find they had no CT machine at that location. Imagine our confusion. Well, we were there, and they said a more in depth ultrasound might give us the info we needed. We agreed to go ahead since the first vet had not sent the initial ultrasound to the referral vets, only the xrays. Their feeling after that ultrasound was that Sophie- who was spayed 9 years ago by our small animal vet- had a fairly unusual condition called Ovarian Remnant Syndrome. It's where a little bit of tissue gets left behind after a spay and turns into a hormone producing "ovary" (not really, but you get the gist). What was left of Sophie's uterus was responding to the hormones and was enlarged- that was "the mass below her bladder". In other words, lil Sophie was in heat. So- surgery was performed which found cystic structures where BOTH ovaries would have been as well as the enlarged uterus. Tissue was sent out to check that it is not cancer, and indeed, one of the "ovaries" was a slow growing cancer. There were clean margins so hopefully Sophie will be ok. We had a bit of an issue with a minor incision infection, but antibiotics cleared that up. WHEW. Many many thanks to my dear sister Kate Hornick DVM for her hand holding, info and advice on Sophie's case.

THING #3- Just When You Think it's Over!- On November 1st our 31 year old stallion Pride (we call him Papi) did not meet me at the house when I went out to feed him his late night snack. He usually runs up and down the fence in excitement for food, but no... he was lying down, near his feed trough, and did not get up when I rattled his slow feed ball. He did not get up when I walked up to him. I finally had to put his halter and lead on him and force him to stand. Into the barn we went to call the vet. Poor old dude, I worried this was the end. The vet tubed him without sedation because Papi has a Grade 4 heart murmur and he was worried the sedative would kill him. There was no reflux and the findings on rectal palpation were not abnormal. He did have a slight temp, so he got some Banamine. The next AM he was not a lot better, not really interested in eating, but would gum up some hay. Monday AM another vet from the clinic came to re check him and run bloodwork and a fecal. Fecal was clean, bloodwork unremarkable except indications of a colitis. He recommended BioSponge and Saccaromyces which thankfully I had on hand for Ari. Tuesday AM I was at my wit's end and only sleeping in two hour snatches, as Papi still wasn't eating as usual. I decided to give him Banamine every 12 hours. The vet- who called every day to check up on him- agreed. That seemed to make Papi feel better and he started eating again, little by little. By Friday AM he was off the Banamine, which was good for me because he was getting hard to catch for medicating! I know every day with a horse this age is a gift, and he might not make it much longer, but as of now, he is still with us, eating and happy. Picture above taken a few days after the old Poppers was feeling good again.

Site updated:  December 12, 2020
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.

 
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