HISTORIC SILVER MORGAN LINES WITH NO KNOWN PRESENT DAY SILVER DESCENDANTS
These pictures are of Pacheco (Dan X Betty Skinner) foaled in 1935. They are from an article in the February 1948 issue of The Morgan Horse magazine which told of Pacheco's devotion to a young mare named Patsyayer (shown nuzzling Patcheco's rump in the first picture), refusing to leave her side when she was bitten by a snake and became very ill. Patcheco looks very much like a silver in these pictures; notice the light mane and tail but the dark lower legs, atypical of flaxens who generally have flaxen lower legs. Although Patcheco was a gelding and thus had no progeny to give us more clues as to his actual color, I have included him here because he is, so far, the only direct offspring of Dan that I have pictures of!
This is Zona Skinner (Silver Ranger X Cavey, by Dan), 1938 registered-as-chestnut mare. Zona had three offspring all by the chestnut stallion Squire Burger: Paleface, registered as chestnut but from color pictures shown to be a bay silver; Bright Star, registered as bay, who from a b/w picture of his head does look bay (Margaret Gardiner tells me he did not have the black legs of a bay however); and Merryman, registered as chestnut, but who looks from pictures to be a silver dapple. I have no idea what base color Zona Skinner was- her mane and tail look very dark to be even an age-darkened silver's mane and tail- but she must have been a silver dapple, not a chestnut, to have produced as she did. Very likely a bay silver, as her body seems so red. Picture courtesy of Miss Margaret Gardiner, who is pictured with Zona.
Here is Merryman (Squire Burger X Zona Skinner), 1948 silver gelding. Even in a black and white picture you can see he is similar in shade to his niece Orcland Queen Bess, pictured below.
Above left is the picture that got me started on my quest for silver dapple Morgans. If you saw this picture in an old Morgan Horse magazine, in black and white like this, what color would you think this mare was? A palomino, maybe? But there is no cream gene color line in this mare's pedigree! This is Orcland Youlenda (Ulendon X Paleface, out of Zona Skinner out of Cavey), foaled in 1955. Youlenda's bay silver dam, Paleface, had three foals, all by the brown Ulendon- and all, apparently, silvers misregistered as chestnuts. Youlenda is a silver dapple, but was misregistered as chestnut. She produced seven offspring for Fiddler's Morgan Farm, at least two of which were also silvers (Fiddler's Carrousel and Fiddler's Rainbo, pictured below) but the color does not seem to have bred on from this line. The second picture is of Youlenda in the winter, hitched to a sleigh; notice how much darker she is in her winter coat (many silvers bleach out if not kept out of the summer sun). The last picture shows Youlenda with her owner Claire Murphy and daughter Janie up.
Youlenda's full sister Orcland Queen Bess, registered as chestnut but likely a bay silver, foaled in 1953. Queen Bess had 5 offspring; the only one to breed on was the registered-as-chestnut Shar-Lyn's A OK; he in turn produced the bay silver mare Shar-Lyn's Moonbeam. This line also appears to have died out.
Orcland Silver Don is the third offspring of Ulendon X Paleface. He was foaled in 1954. Although he was a gelding and left no offspring, I am fairly certain he was a bay silver like his dam, and felt he should be included here as a result.
Fiddler's Carrousel (Orcland Don Darling X Orcland Youlenda), 1963 gelding registered as chestnut, but with a color just like mom’s! Note the large difuse dapples in his sunbleached summer coat (b/w picture), and the way his lower limbs are darker towards the bottom of the leg; a flaxen chestnut would have reddish flaxen lower legs. Carrousel was kept a stallion for awhile, and was so tractable he was shown in English Pleasure classes by then 9 year old Janie Murphy. A friend of mine, Jill Missler, knew Carrousel when she was a child, and confirmed that he had an excellent disposition.
Fiddler’s Rainbo (Waseeka’s Vivo X Orcland Youlenda), 1970 registered as chestnut mare, probably a silver dapple bay. Notice the flat, even body tone, lighter mane and tail, and darker lower legs.
The first two pictures are of Fiddler's Curtin Call (Fiddler's Carrousel X Donna Mae Pepper), 1966 silver gelding. Like his sire, Curtin Call (yes his name is really mispelled "Curtin"!) was used at stud before he was gelded. Of his eight offspring, most with the Isaill-Mor prefix, the mare at right, Curtin Calls Star (f. 1976, out of Isaill-Mors Gem), was definitely a silver. Star also produced a silver, Jo Farm's Tinkertoy (f. 1981, gelding, by Johona Wingfoot). Tinkertoy was bred by Marion Steele, grandmother of Jackie Moehling of Justawee Morgans in VA. I am hoping to get color pictures of Star and Tinkertoy. More of Curtin Call's offspring may have been silvers, and they may still be alive and producing. If you have any horses from this line I would love to hear from you!
The 1940 registered as dun mare Betsy Joaquin (Joaquin Morgan X Bessie Dix, out of Cavey by Dan). Joaquin Morgan and Bessie Dix were both registered as chestnut. Alice Joaquin, a full sister to Betsy Joaquin, was registered as brown, so it would have been impossible for them to have had a brown foal unless one parent was not chestnut as registered. Bessie Dix was most likely a bay or black silver dapple and not chestnut. Betsy Joaquin never had a registered Morgan foal.
Left: It is interesting that both Betsy Joaquin and her half sister Betty Joaquin (Joaquin Morgan X Dan's Betty, by Dan), pictured here, were registered as "dun with light mane and tail", although neither of their parents were dun. This might possibly indicate that their color appeared to their breeders to be in some way different from the liver chestnut that they resemble in these black and white photos, and that "dun" was the only thing they could think of to call them. Betty is shown here with her 1956 black filly foal by Anndy Pershing, Poco's Sebrena. Right: Another view of Betty Joaquin.
Poco's Princess Khay (Kandy King X Betty Joaquin) 1962 registered as chestnut mare. The first picture is of her as a yearling; the second is of her as a mature mare. Note the dark, near black shading on her lower legs. She was almost certainly a silver dapple bay.
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