POSITIVELY'S PRIDE
(Positively X Early M Dawn)
1989 black stallion, 14.3, Ee aa W20/n

Pictured at age 30, September 2019.

In October of 2018 I posted on Facebook that I was on the hunt for a stallion to lease. After trying all spring to breed Charli via AI- and failing- my vet suggested live cover. My thinking was if someone had a stallion they weren't using over the winter or early spring, that I could try again with Charli and maybe breed another mare as well. We've had great success with pasture breeding. The candidate had to be kind with his mares and experienced at reading them, as well as easy to handle. Incredibly, I had more than 20 stallions offered to me; I cannot thank you wonderful folks enough for trusting me with your precious Morgans. There are so many kind, generous people in this breed!

In the end I decided upon a stallion I had admired for many years, but had never bred a mare to. Positively's Pride (Positively x Early M Dawn) used to be owned by my very dear friend Lisa Garcia, and his kind reputation preceded him. His then-owner Leah Flowers graciously allowed me to borrow Pride for awhile. We quickly fell in love with the old man and expressed an interest in keeping him. Just after Christmas 2018, the Flowers family said "yes" and Pride- we call him "Papi"-  officially became a Brookridge horse! Thank you Leah and the Flowers family!

Papi arrived in need of weight and we soon found out why- his teeth were in horrible shape. We got them fixed up as best my vet could do and hoped he'd respond. I learned quite a bit about putting weight on horses in the months that followed. This was something I'd not had much previous experience with - my horses tend towards being on the "too fluffy" side of things, and I work hard to keep weight OFF of them! But gain Papi did, with four feedings of Senior a day, added rice bran and soaked alfalfa, and by the spring of 2019 he did not look like an "old horse" any more.

Papi's immediate pedigree is kind of like the old joke, "by Truck out of Kansas" in that I have not seen pictures of nor even heard of any of the horses his first two generations of his pedigree (if anyone DOES have photos or information about them, I would love to hear from you!). Beyond that point however, he goes back to some wonderful old breeding, including the beautiful Adrian Ashmore, who stood here in Georgia in the 70's; the famous smoky cream Chingadero; and representatives of several famous and long time breeding programs such as the Quietude Stud (via their foundation stallion Criterion), Lippitt (through Lippitt Norman) and Funquest (Funquest Pat Hand, Funquest Fazizz). Another interesting ancestor on Pride's paternal line is Gipsey Boy (Gipsey King x Minerva, by Scotland), a black stallion who worked with the US Park Police. His daughter, April's Fancy, is Papi's great great grand dam. She is also the dam of Star Studded, the sire of the well known sport horse stallion, Moorewood's Excalibur. Indeed, Papi is built like - and moves like - a sport horse. He floats when he trots, with a lot of "hang time". This kind of suspension, common in warmbloods, is not at all easy to find in Morgans. Papi has a very uphill build which is also getting harder and harder to find in our breed.

 

Positively

Monongahela Windcrest Chief
Fancy Snowball
Buddington Lovely Kickapoo Dandy
Allen Belle

Early M Dawn

WVM Phoenix Adrian Ashmore
Molly Tynes
Brigadoon's Cameo Courier of Quietude
Nordale

You can view Papi's complete pedigree here.
It includes pictures of many of his ancestors.


Offspring of Positively's Pride

Doubly Positive
(out of Positively Charmed) 2021 smoky black filly o/b Laura Behning

OCF Hermione Granger (out of Whitehall Lady Liberty) 2012 brown mare o/b Kathy Saunders (photo: Kim Oplotnik)

Babraham's Ghost (out of Wachuset Phacelia) 2015 black mare owned by Tiffany Tyree. Watch a dressage video of her here.

Spade of Peacepoint
(out of Winning Ways Princess Lea) 2004 black gelding owned by Emma Lawson. Emma Lawson, up



Who is John Galt
(out of Lane Corakko) 2019 gray stallion owned by Sara Marie Bradshaw.


Whipple's Proud Adrianna
(out of Hol-Mor Lady Grace) 2003 bay mare owned by Whitney Cooke


Whipple's Proud Lady Devan (out of Winning Ways Princess Lea) 2003 black mare o/b Jill McWhorter


 

Whipple's Proud Aramina
(out of Hol-Mor Lady Charity) 2002 black mare owned by Pat Kearney. The foal is a 2014 colt by Coulee Bend Pure Silver, a son of Unconventional.

Whipple's Proud Horizon (out of Hol-Mor Lady Grace) 2004 bay mare o/b Lindsay Cooke.

 

More photos of Papi
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March 2005 photo of Papi used in the Georgia Morgan Horse Club's Directory. Courtesy of Sherri Larson Farmer, who owned him at the time and bred four of his offspring.


A 2011 photo of Papi snoozing at Lisa Garcia's Claywood Farm in SC. Photo courtesy of Lisa.


Close up taken from the above picture.


Two more pictures taken by Lisa when she owned him, 2010-11.


April 2011. shortly after arriving at the Flowers' Ochwalkee Creek Farm. Bit of red clay staining on his white socks, but I love the series of curves he displays.


Papi under saddle with Leslie Flowers, and at a show, 2016.


November 11, 2018- The day after Papi arrived at Brookridge.


Charli meeting Papi through the fence.


November 13, 2018- Grazing.


November 16, 2018- I looked out on this cold morning and saw Papi keeping watch as all three horses in the adjacent pasture slept.


November 17, 2018.

 
November 17, 2018- Just a few minutes after putting Charli in with Papi. She is cleaning up his alfalfa twigs (he can only eat the leaf) and he is waiting for her to give him some sign she is interested. Her swishing tail and backed ears say "Buster this is MY alfalfa. I don't know what else you have in mind, but keep your distance!"


Charli and Papi at dusk on their first day together, November 17, 2018.


November 21, 2018- I looked out to check on the horses this morning and this is what I saw in Charli and Papi's pasture. Dozing after a busy night of... love? I dunno- Charli is in heat but she is still not allowing Papi to cover her. But I don't know what goes on out there in the dark, so I am hopeful. Meanwhile... the old man looks tired, and Charli looks happy, but whether that is because she has just had her wildest fantasy fulfilled or simply because she has it in her head that my appearance means she is going to get fed, only she knows for sure ;-)


November 23, 2018- Friends Cassidy Sutherland and Rhonda Evans visited, with Cassidy's three year old son Evan. For weeks now, Evan has been all excited about getting to ride. He became a bit reticent when confronted by the reality of the situation, however he soon warmed up to the idea. It was a very cold and windy day here in the ATL, so Evan's actual riding consisted of being led on Rosie up and down the barn aisle, out of the wind. However we did sit him up on the old man for a few minutes, too.


November 26, 2018- Tonight's sunset was absolutely gorgeous. Here's Papi cleaning up his dinner with all those pretty colors behind him. The vet floated his teeth, gave him his shots and a brief checkup a few days ago. We discovered he has a grade 3 heart murmur, bad lungs and very bad teeth. One upper incisor was fully a half inch longer than the others, he has a wave mouth and had sharp points everywhere. He cannot really chew hay at all so he is up to four feedings a day of Senior feed, soaked alfalfa cubes and alfalfa/timothy pellets. Yesterday was a warm-ish day, so he got a pedicure and beauty treatment- some spot washing with warm water to remove dried sweat (from numerous amorous encounters with Charli) and a sheath cleaning too. He stood ground tied for all of it. I am really enjoying him!

 
December 18, 2018- Papi has been here a little over a month now.


I separated Charli from Papi as it's just easier to keep him on his feeding schedule without having to separate her from him each time. She now lives in a paddock next to him. Both horses seem fine with this arrangement.


December 25, 2018- Merry Christmas! Papi got a new red halter for his Christmas gift. It looks pretty spiffy on a black horse!


December 28, 2018- Papi was in the barn with the rest of the herd last night as we are once again getting deluges of rain (SOP every weekend for several months now... it's getting real old). I had to take a picture of him in his fancy remodeled stall. Jim sent the door and stall bars (which he built back in 2001 when we had Adiel's Casino Gold on lease) off a month ago to be powder coated, and they finally came back. He just finished varnishing the wood as well. Papi respects the stall guard but I don't leave the door open when I'm not there. I wouldn't worry about him getting out/with one of the mares so much as what could happen if he and Roadie met up. Roadie still thinks HE'S the man ;-)


January 1, 2019- Our new year got off to a scary start on New Year's Eve. On the advice of friends I decided to add beet pulp to Papi's diet, to increase fiber and hopefully aid in weight gain. I soaked a small bit overnight and gave it to him with his lunch time Senior. Within an hour he was on the ground colicking. My regular vet was out of town for the holiday so I gave Papi 6 ccs of Banamine and waited for his backup to arrive. The whole time I was thinking "this is it! He's almost 30! OMG he's going to die". The experience was just terrifying. It turned out to be nothing but a bit of gas colic, probably caused by the beet pulp. Here is Papi the next day, grazing like I'd never seen him graze before. Jim's comment: "he just had a near death experience. He's decided he better get out and enjoy life". LOL!


January 15, 2019- Papi has really picked up his activity level and his weight is improving by the day. In late night chats with my friend Amanda Hewitt Pruett she mentioned a slow feeder ball she has for her mare. Since Papi can't really chew hay I was looking for a way to slow feed him his pelleted hay, and this seemed to be a good idea (thank you, Amanda!). It dawned on me that we had a slow feed ball for one of our dogs about 20 years ago. Jim found it in the basement and we tried it out with Papi. He figured it out quickly! Since it didn't hold very much feed, I ordered a horse version made by Shires. I put it in an empty water trough so the feed doesn't get lost in the dirt. Papi loves it! We can hear him banging it around in his trough from the house, and that way we know he is happy and eating. It takes him several hours to completely empty the thing, a much better alternative to him gobbling it all up in ten minutes. It holds about two scoops (6 pounds) of pellets. I ordered another one so I always have one filled and ready to drop in his feed trough. Best $20 I ever spent! Here is the one we have- Tractor Supply carries this same ball, as well.


February 2, 2019- Snoozing on warm winter day. He has put on almost 50 pounds in the last month. I hope that once the grass starts growing that I will have to put him on a diet!


February 7, 2019- The temperature was over 80 degrees today, so I decided to give Papi a much-needed bath (he was not enthused). It's hard trying to get a picture of a wet horse while hanging onto the lead rope- and all he wants to do is roll! He is filling out nicely and it's easier to see when he is wet.


Turned the old man loose and he put on quite a show!


Talking to Charli over the fence.


"I smell a mare!"


Back in his own pasture, and the inevitable happens!


March 19, 2019- The rye is coming on strong, and Papi is taking full advantage!


March 29. 2019- Papi is finally looking "round"- I love the seamless transition from point of hip into flank he now has. He is grazing so much he is ignoring his soaked alfalfa, so I've cut that from his ration. He still gets one scoop a day of alfalfa pellets in his feeder ball along with his 3 and a half scoops of Senior, split into 4 feedings. He seems very happy, and that makes me happy too!


May 10, 2019- A few weeks back we had a bit of a crisis with Papi. I had to remove Charli from the paddocks next to him, as the green grass is too risky for a metabolic mare, and Papi was just lost without her. He started pacing the fence. This went on for a few days and Papi was not the only creature stressing out! We almost took him back to his previous owners, but literally as Jim was getting ready to hitch the trailer, I decided to try putting Rosie in the paddock beside Papi. She was conveniently in heat, and that sealed the deal. Papi now has a new friend and is settled again. He is looking spectacular is SOOOO shiny black and SOOOO dappled right now, I just had to grab a few pictures. He is not groomed, these are just on the fly shots.


September 8, 2019.


October 17, 2019- The scene from our back porch on our first chilly fall morning of the season. Hard to believe it was a record breaking 97 degrees two weeks ago! Foreground is my much-loved 25 year old Morgan mare Rosie and behind her is her old(er) man, 30 year old Papi. Color test results came back on Papi this week and he is heterozygous for the W20 gene. I knew all that white might mean something! He was negative for all the other white pattern genes and I did test him for all of them, just out of curiosity.


December 31, 2019.


March 21, 2020- Papi will be officially 31 in a few days, on April 1. He has been enjoying the bounty of spring rye in his pasture.


Papi enjoys hanging with the neighbor's goats. This one is Molly.


June 6, 2020- We had a visit from Jim's friend Lamar and his daughter Mary Grace. Mary Grace had taken riding lessons growing up, but had not had the experience of being around a stallion as kind as Papi. Both Lamar and Mary Grace were fascinated by his big stallion crest.


July 24, 2020- Papi waiting up by the house, probably wishing I'd hurry up with his dinner!


November 7, 2020- Last Saturday night 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. 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. She 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, LOL! 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.


April 2, 2021- Papi's official 32 years old pictures! He is not a fan of the camera and gave me quite a workout following him up and down the pasture in my attempts to get a good picture, LOL. You can maybe read his expression of annoyance in the trotting picture!


August 4, 2021- It finally happened! Papi has sired a foal for us, a beautiful black filly we call Leelee. Here he is watching her on her first outside excursion.


October 1, 2021- Jim took this while I scrubbed Papi's feed tub... just a day earlier it was Leelee "helping" Jim as he worked on fence repairs.... well like daughter, like daddy!


October 2, 2021 was the 33rd Annual Southern Model Horse Convention, which we host each year (except 2020 due to Covid- this year, all attending were vaccinated) on the first Saturday in October. Here Papi is getting some lovin' from Johanna McClanahan and Kaylee Wood.


October 10, 2021- Long time friend Cassidy Sutherland, her Mom Rhonda, Cass's son Evan and niece Laurel visited today to meet Leelee (who was a hit!) and no visit would be complete without meeting her sire. Papi was all in UNTIL he heard my camera click. Then he said sayonara and was off- he HATES the click the camera makes for whatever reason. We lured him back with some grain and Cassidy took some pics with her cell phone... which was more stealthy (2nd pic).


November 19, 2021- My heart jumps to my throat whenever I see Papi lying down- is he ok? In this case, it was his usual after lunch siesta :-)


December 26, 2021- A warm December day brought my friend Doreene and her husband Dale over for a visit. It is so nice to have a stallion you can trust with anyone.


December 31, 2021- The horses and I had a fun New Year's Eve visit from Mary Kay Longacre (from Indiana) and her friend Stacey (from Woodstock, GA). The horses were all wet from several days of rain but fortunately we stayed dry over the duration of the visit! Thank you, Mary Kay and Stacey, for stopping by!


January 11, 2022- A cold afternoon, but with a nice visit by Sherri Larson Farmer, who is a past owner of Papi. She hadn't seen the old man since just after his arrival here in 2018, and she wanted to spend some time with her old friend and his new daughter, Leelee.


February 9, 2022- Papi gave us quite a scare a few days ago. I had fed him his dinner and went to clean Leelee and Charli's pasture. I noticed Papi seemed to "finish" his food awfully fast (it was just a half scoop of Senior, but it usually takes him 10 minutes at least) and was standing off in the middle of the pasture with his neck at an odd angle. Then he looked as if he wanted to lie down. Oh no. Colic, or choke? Checked back in with him and he had NOT finished his food but had apparently taken just a few bites and started to choke. One emergency vet visit later, choke resolved, vet advised Papi to be on soaked foods forever. He was given Exceed (antibiotic to prevent aspiration pneumonia) and Banamine. The next morning he was uncharacteristically uninterested in food and not very enthusiastic as I led him out to his pasture. Then the diarrhea started. Another vet visit the next day, bloodwork looked fairly normal, diagnosis: colitis from the antibiotic. Massive amounts of Bio-Sponge and Saccaromyces probiotic for the next week and he pulled through. This was taken from the house and is not very good, but the relief I felt seeing him just eat- priceless.


March 25, 2021- Today we had a great visit with Jodi Hanger Thorpe and her three kids. Jodi, her Mom and sister breed Morgans at their Moonridge Morgans in Preston, ID. Jodi's husband is taking a class in Atlanta, so the family turned it into a road trip. So much fun meeting other Morgan breeders I previously only knew via the Internet!


April 1, 2022- Papi is officially 33 years old today! Back in February I wasn't sure we'd make it, but here we are. Every day with him is a gift.


June 10, 2022- As I was coming back from the barn this AM I looked into Papi's pasture and he was standing in his little fairy glen, surrounded by trees, the sunlight hitting him just right. Since he is camera averse I had to take this from a less than perfect angle- subterfuge he quickly caught on to as he turned to face me. The old dude has the neatest personality, and to know him is to love him.


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