Category Archives: Clifford

Clifford’s Birthday Ride – With a Morgan Legend

My friend Stayner Haller is something of a legend in the Morgan horse world. With his eventing gelding, LGM Challenger, he competed in 104 USEA events, including one when Chally was 27 and Stayner 73. “Chally” lived into his mid-thirties, remaining active … Continue reading

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A Horse Knows Cold Wind

January in Michigan is supposed to be cold, but it’s nice to have a couple of feet of snow to act as insulation. We had some, but it’s gone now, following about a week of shirt sleeve weather. Then today, … Continue reading

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Thanks In Retrospect

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends! November 24th is also our Dad’s birthday. I miss him dearly. This picture is from 2002 – I think – when Dad rode Clifford in the 4th of July Parade on Drummond. Dad would … Continue reading

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On To Bigger and Brighter Things: Like A New Book About Morgan Horses

It’s pretty hard to be sad when you have horses who like to play on the beach. Kerry 7th Gen has made his debut on Drummond Island and he is finding out exactly why his older pasture mates have become … Continue reading

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A Trail Ride By Design?

  Ponying the baby, on Thursday: I grab the lead rope that is hanging on a fence post and snap the end on the colt’s halter. “Come on.” He pulls against us at first, but then he gets what’s going … Continue reading

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An Old Horse’s New Trick

All his life, Clifford has been a notorious practical joker. Some of his pranks are small ones. A favorite is a pretend bite, which he does out of the side of his mouth, a quick nipping motion that used to … Continue reading

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Clifford and the Pond Routine

I’ve noticed Clifford spending more time apart from the other two horses. They are out in the field, nipping off the tips of the new spring grass nearly as soon as it emerges from the dirt. Clifford spends the heat … Continue reading

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The Problem With Anniversaries

Both my parents had the nerve to die on the day before a holiday. Mom died on December 31, 2010. Dad died on March 30, 2013. That year, March 30 fell on a Saturday, the day before Easter. So Dad … Continue reading

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Clifford Lobbies For Clean Water

Flint, Michigan has been the center of attention on a world-wide scale this year. That’s what happens when you switch from the great Lake Huron to a cesspool as your water source. We’ve had everyone from Erin Brockovich to Cher … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! And May the Horse Be With You

“Laugh it up, Fuzz Ball!” Little sis Amanda delights in that line whenever she finds it relevant. It stems, of course, from the original Star Wars, when Han Solo admonishes his jeering Wookie friend. Born with Down syndrome, Amanda’s disability … Continue reading

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