Yes, Virginia, there are...
Purebred Morgan Duns
Here are some from a few farms that breed them:
Ragtime Morgans' Nancy Nard has graciously written about,
and provided pictures illustrating, the dun coloration in the American
Morgan Horse breed.
Nancy writes: "The dun color is as old as the breed itself. Buckskin
Wheeler horse, a direct grandson of Justin Morgan, was a 'dunskin'. Most
palominos in the breed trace their ancestry to him as well. Thus we see
that Dun is not an outside influence, it has existed since the beginning.
Most of today's duns trace through Meteor Jr. to Buckskin Wheeler Horse.
Robbi Sue's Misalert, dam of Gus (below), traces thru Imperial to Meteor Jr, and
her dunskin color is a direct heritage of her lineage. Unfortunately, in
the not too distant past, color wasn't 'cool' in the Morgan breed, and many
beautiful horses were either not bred or their offspring registered as
"other" colors. This line is a wellspring of fine old blood and
one of the few direct lines to dun left in the breed. We need to all thank
Julie Ploof for her persistence in breeding these colors when color was
not an 'in' thing."
Click on any thumbnail picture on this page to see full
(sorry, a few were mistakenly linked to pictures on other web sites, and
those links have been removed)
Robbi Sue's Ragtime ("Gus")
A bay-based dun with one cream gene - Ragtime
Morgans' head stallion
Nancy writes: "Robbi Sue's Ragtime (Gus) is a 'dunskin'. Thus, in addition
to the four basic shades of dun, he can pass on a cream gene. The palette
of colors he can pass can vary from palomino to dunalino ( a dun
palomino), to straight Dun shades, to lighter dunskins like himself, plus
traditional non-linebacked buckskins. Because his sire was a black,
he can produce grullas as well - perhaps the rarest
color in the Morgan breed. Since he carries two dilution genes, he will
throw 75% "colored" foals.
"Gus, then, is a rarity.
He is perhaps the most unique of the Misalert sons. Because his sire
Edelweiss Magic Man was black, his genotype will allow him to produce rare
grullas. And Magic was a stallion of unique athletic ability and great
strength of pedigree in addition to being one of the prettiest and most
typey stallions of our lifetime.
"When we bred Misalert for Gus- we knew if it was a
stallion we would indeed be fortunate. In addition, we are leasing Gus's
older full sister, Robbi Sue's Mystique . We also lease the Misalert son,
Robbi Sue's Sweet Success, and own the Misalert grulla daughter, Lady
Sunderland." (see both of them below)
Robbi Sue's Sweet Success ("ZEKE")
"This dun stallion is owned by Tammy Kikta of
He is a bay-based dun, or
'peanut butter dun'. Son of Misalert."
"This mare has a gene combination of
dun plus cream on a black base"
(she is a a grulla with a cream gene), now
known as "smoky grulla". --
owned by Ragtime Morgans
Successful Outta The Blue
"A rare, true GRULLA mare"
Ragtime Lonesome Dove
Nancy wrote: "Ragtime Lonesome Dove appears to fit the
category of a dusty dun.
Though at some seasons she is more of a lilac
dun. (owned by Ragtime Morgans)"
Finally Tater's Tot
"A bay, or 'peanut butter', dun mare"
Ragtime Razzle Dazzle
"This mare is a
dunalino. She has a heavy dorsal stripe, bars over the withers, very heavy
face masking, leg bars and fishboning. At times of the year she has
stripes over her rib cage almost like a zebra. However- she also shows
that in the presence of cream on a chestnut base, dappling can also occur.
Her heavy dorsal stripe extends to the very end of her tail and through
her mane. She also has a ventral stripe."
"This mare is a full sister to Robbi Sue's Ragtime. She has given
the farm two stunning colts to date"
Webmaster's note: click on this picture to see some
great leg markings!
For more info on these dun Morgan horses, and others,
and more great pictures, see: