Today’s Horse Facts: The Morgan
Today we take a ride on a Morgan, one of the breeds that was named after a —. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Have you ever ridden a Morgan? Have you ever seen one? What other breed does a Morgan closely resemble? Let’s take our 10-question quiz, and see how much you know about this breed that you might have seen more than you thought:
- The Morgan horse was named after a town in Vermont.
- The Morgan is known for its delicate, refined features.
- This breed was used much in the Civil War as a cavalry horse.
- The Morgan is known as an “American” breed.
- This breed is a tall horse, averaging between 16.0 and 17.2 hands.
- Morgans are only solid colors.
- This breed is shown only in Western classes.
- The first Morgan horse breed registry was published in 1894 in Middlebury, Vermont.
- It is estimated that there are at least 175,000 Morgans worldwide.
- In 1970, the Morgan became the official state horse of Massachusetts.
Now, here are the answers! Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Morgan expert:
- F The horse breed was named after Justin Morgan, a teacher from Randolph, Vermont, who started the breed with a stud named Figure in 1789.
2. F The Morgan is a muscular stocky horse often with a thick, arching neck.
5. F Although some Morgans can be shorter or taller, 14.1 to 15.2 hands is the average.
6. F Morgans can be any color or any combination although the tobiano pinto color has not been noted in this breed.
7. F Morgans are shown in Western and English, including pulling and jumping classes.
Maybe now when you see a Morgan, you’ll be able to tell the difference between him and a Quarter Horse or other stocky breeds, even though that might be difficult. If you have your own horse, no matter what breed, I hope you get a chance to ride him or her today.
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