Morgan Horse is often referred to as "America's first and oldest
light horse breed". It is the only breed that was developed from
a single, prepotent horse. This horse, named Figure (1789-1821), gained
popularity for his strength, stamina, beauty, conformation and versatility.
After a day of pulling logs out of the woods, his owner, Justin Morgan,
was known to lay bets on his bay horse to win the local trotting races.
Then on Sunday, Figure would proudly pull the buggy into town. Figure
was knows as "Morgan's horse" and became the Morgan horse
after his owner's death.
Morgan horses have contributed to the foundation of several breeds.
Among these are the Quarter Horse, American Saddlebred, Tennessee
Walking Horse and the Standardbred.
are filling both homes and showrings, competing within their breed
and outside of it. No other breed can offer the range of uses within
itself that the Morgan horse can. No matter the discipline, the Morgan
horse will excel with style!
Perhaps the most uniform and important (from the owner's perspective)
attribute of the Morgan is his disposition. Bred into this breed as
clearly as his proud bearing, is his willing, eager to please, "sure
we can do this" attitude. Inherent in the Morgan horse is the
love of people and a kind disposition.
Other traits of
the Morgan horse include a short back with proudly arched neck rising
from a laid back shoulder. Straight and sound legs and good hooves,
wide chest and level croup with a high tail set are just a few other
traits of this impressive breed. The head should be broad between
large, prominent eyes with short, tilted ears. Above all, the expressiveness
of the Morgan, his beauty, attitude and presence all combine in an
animal whom owner's treasure. It's no wonder Morgan owners remain
loyal to this remarkable breed for entire lifetimes, passing this
love on to their own children.