April 15, 2015 – Today’s Horse Facts: The Morgan

The Morgan horse breed was named after Justin Morgan, the owner of the very first Morgan horse named Figure, who was a cross between a Thoroughbred and an Arabian.

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The Morgan

Morgan Horse

Do you know your horse facts about the Morgan breed?

The Morgan horse is very much like the Quarter Horse in that he can explode into a gallop for a short distance. The Morgan, with its short legs, muscles, and fox ears, also looks very much like the Quarter Horse. How can we tell the two breeds apart?

A Morgan is chunkier than a Quarter Horse, especially in his stout neck. His long, wavy tail often flows to the ground. His trot is quick and short and with such great stamina, he can trot all day long.

So where are the Morgan’s roots?

The horse breed was named after Justin Morgan, a frail music teacher, who lived in Vermont at the turn of the 18th Century. Instead of receiving cash for a debt owed, Mr. Morgan was given two colts. The smallest one, which he called Figure, was an undersized dark bay with a black mane and tail. Mr. Morgan sold the one colt, but he kept Figure, which he thought was a cross between a Thoroughbred and an Arabian. Over the years, he found the horse to be strong enough to pull logs and fast enough to beat Thoroughbreds in one afternoon and eager to do it all over again the same day!

When Mr. Morgan died, his short but powerful horse was called Justin Morgan in honor of his owner. After that, all of Justin Morgan’s foals were called Morgans. The first volume of the Morgan Horse Register was published in 1894. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Morgans have been registered.

If you go Morgan hunting, you will find the breed in any combination of blacks, browns, and whites. Don’t look for a tall horse because all Morgans are between 14 and 15 hands tall, just right for beginners.

If you’re fortunate enough to find a well-trained Morgan, he’ll give you years of pleasure whether you ask him to gallop down a country trail, pull a wagon, or learn to jump obstacles.

Marsha Hubler
(web)www.marshahubler.com
(writers’ tips) www.marshahubler.wordpress.com
Author of the Keystone Stables Series

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