The Flinthills of Kansas
Kansas Bluestem Morgans is nestled in the beautiful Flinthills
of Kansas, one of the last true prairies of the United States.
The farm derives its name from the native Bluestem grasses found
in the Flinthills. The native grasses are very rich nutritionally,
allowing cattle to build strong bones, grow and gain up to 3.5
pounds per day. This native Bluestem grass is ranked as the
richest and best grazing grass in the US and stands as fourth
best in the world. Cattle are shipped from all over the US to
graze these beautiful Flinthills. Along with cattle, the Flinthills
are also a wonderful place to raise good, strong, horses. This
is the land were our horses are raised, they never see a stall,
and are raised in herd, the natural way. It is from the "elders"
in the herd that the younger horses learn respect and a way
of life. Elders teach many valued lessons to these young horses,
from the social herd pecking order to maneuvering around and
through the difficult terrain of the Flinthills. It is not long
before the young horses soon learn the necessary valued lessons
of life such as submission, patience, confidence and boldness.
Values that are essential and the first building blocks for
making a good horse. Flinthills pasture living is no less than
a daily cross country event for our horses; they must negotiate
ravines, gullies, climb steep hills, cross creeks, and when
they feel like it run like the wind for ever and ever. There
is no doubt in our minds that the Flinthills of Kansas is God's
gift to all beasts that graze, and it is these hills with its
rich grasses and difficult terrain that forms the basis for
our Morgan horses.
The Kansas Bluestem Morgan Line
The bloodlines of our horses consists of old Midwestern Foundation
lines, US Cavalry Remount lines and lines that run rich in the
blood of Herod. We feel strong about using horses that carry
lots of Herod blood. It is known that horses of Herod blood
are horses of good temperaments, willing and honest. They are
also bold horses that do not readily shy and horses that carry
good bone and substance.
Our number one breeding goal is to breed horses that are calm,
willing, dedicated and honest. A horse that will give its 100%
or die trying. A horse that the whole family can use, to include
children. We do not breed for the beauty of a horse. I truly
agree with the saying that "Beauty is what beauty does". If
a horse is beautiful and bucks you off or runs away with you
is worthless in my books. No doubt, I think that our horses
are good looking horses, but beauty is not our main breeding
goal. The horses mind is what we look at first. If the mind
passes, then and only then will we look at the rest of the horse.
They must then possess the conformation that will be structurally
sound, conformation that will hold up into their twilight years.
What you will find in our horses are horses of good minds, good
size, nice withers and have lots of substance. They are horses
that possess powerful hindquarters, good strong bone, correct
feet and legs and then finally horses that have a wonderful
ground covering "rolling" strong "true" trot. We truly enjoy
the sport of carriage driving, it is our passion, and a horse
that possesses a powerful "true" trot is a must. This coupled
with our horses size and substance makes them excellent "sport"
horses. To sum it up or in other words what we are breeding
for is a horse that the whole family can use, feel safe on,
and one that will remain structurally sound forever.
As you enter the site you will see that we start using/working
our horses from birth. We do not call it imprinting at Kansas
Bluestem Morgans we call it "using" them or "working" them.
Right from the start, right from day one. In essence what we
breed for at Kansas Bluestem Morgans are "using/working" horses.
Morgans that are quiet honest working horses.
~ Suzanne Avery DVM