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Madrona Sealect Lad – the horse of a Lifetime



Lad and I - the horse of a Lifetime

Madrona Sealect Lad  1992-2008

Horses and people come into your life for a reason and this phenomenal Lippitt Morgan stallion was my best teacher.  Lad was the horse of a lifetime. A once-in-a-lifetime special horse.   I still feel his loss to this day, and I find it difficult to write about him and yet I could write a whole book on how much this horse meant to me and how much he taught me in Life and in Death.  Little did I know when I met him as  young five year old stallion at a clinic that I was teaching that he would not only be my horse someday soon  but that he would change my perception of how horses should be trained.  He taught me to think on my feet, to allow a horse to have an opinion in his own training and he showed me how to reach deep into myself to bring out the intuitive knowledge I had, in order to reach him and bring out the best in him.  And he reached into my soul and loved me hard back.  

He died in my arms on Jan 14, 2008.  And I still cry when I think of him. 

In the jumping chute at his American Sport Pony Inspection – he received perfect marks for his form

Yet another Carriage Driving Championship

A horse with a sense of humor…he LOVED his toys


  1. I love the pic with the roses. The pic of him jumping really shows how elegant he was. I wish I’d known you both then.

    • Hi- I have a 21 year old Oldenburg gnildeg. I live in the Hill Country in Texas. I have been debating with myself whether to keep him shod or not or front hoves only. We don’t do much riding anymore. We trail ride around our 17 acres and sometimes do some posting and canter work. It is hard ground and rocky but when it rains, it gets pretty muddy. He has a pig as a best friend and occasionally the pig wanders off and the horse goes balistic. He gallops the fence line until the pig appears. That gives some exercise at least. They graze together as well.In the past when I was riding at a lesson barn, he four feet were shod. So when I moved out here, it was harder to get a farrier and a vet suggested barefoot. I tried barefoot and he was limping the first couple of weeks so eventually I went back to front shoes only. Now I am at another point where it is harder to get on a schedule with my farrier. He does come and does a great job. There is a farrier nearby who started the barefoot program. What to do shoes or not?Thanks so much.What to do about feet.

      • Deb

        I will always vote for barefoot. I have seen what shoes can do. My first horse that started my barefoot journey made up my mind for me. She had 5 more years of life even when my vet gave up on her. You are going to have a transition and they take time to adapt. Like you in the spring, ouchy on rocks until your barefeet get used to it, and then by the end of summer, you could sprint across the driveway.

  2. I am looking for more information on an Arab/Morgan mare we purchased a last year. She is now seven years old and she was bought when she was three from a family past mission area. That would make her born in 2005/2006. Her dam was an Arab and her sire was a brown Morgan. The lady had her half sister that was crossed with a Quarter Horse. We are trying to track down and see if we can’t find out who bred her and more about her history as we love her to pieces. She was dark grey, almost black when she was purchased by her previous owners and they called her Misty. I am not sure if that was her original name or not.

    If you can help in any way or know of anyone who might know please contact me.


    Liza Lapham
    Tasis Farm Arabians


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