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Morgan

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Introduction

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America's first breed, the Morgan Horse, is easily recognized by his proud carriage, upright graceful neck, and distinctive head with expressive eyes. Deep bodied and compact, the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters. His intelligence, willingness, zest for life, and good sense is blended with soundness of limb, athleticism, and stamina. In addition, Morgan thriftiness and longevity have made this breed a good bargain for more than 200 years.

The Morgan has remained a stylish mount with conformation that lends itself well to a vast range of disciplines. They are gentle enough for lessons, 4-H, and Pony Club involvement, and are in great demand as therapeutic riding horses due to their steady, comfortable gaits.

Companionable and comfortable on a quiet pleasure ride, working as a sensible partner in a long day of ranch work or endurance riding, waiting alert and ready to enter a show ring, or performing in formal riding disciplines, the Morgan is a versatile horse within a versatile breed.

 

History

The most famous Morgan horse is of course, Justin Morgan himself, or, as he was known, "Figure." As Figure grew, his compact muscular body and stylish way of moving impressed many of the pioneer farmers and settlers. Tales of his beauty, strength, endurance, and gentle disposition soon spread throughout small New England towns. His ability to outwalk, outtrot, outrun, and outpull other horses were legendary. His most valuable asset was the ability to pass on his distinguishing characteristics, not only to his offspring, but also through several generations. His three most famous sons-Sherman, Bulrush, and Woodbury-carried on his legacy to future generations.

Other famous Morgan horses include Little Sorrel, who was ridden by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in his Civil War campaigns; and Rienzi was ridden by General Phillip Sheridan to rally his Union troops. The Morgan also has influenced other breeds, including Tennessee Walking Horses, Quarter Horses, Standardbred, and American Saddlebreds.

Breed Standards

 

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Average Size: 14.1-15.2 hands
Body Type: Compact and muscular, fit for any purpose
Colors: Chestnut, black, bay, brown, palomino, buckskin, smoky black, cremello, perlino, smoky creme
Versatility: Morgans comprise a large number of entries at combined driving and carriage events, and excel in these and other disciplines, including English pleasure, park saddle and harness, western, hunter pleasure, dressage, reining, and cutting.
Estimated Population Worldwide: 125,000+

The Breed Today

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An ideal horse for today's modern family, the Morgan will take riders with diverse interests through any competitive or pleasure pursuit. Whether you or your family enjoys aggressive sporting disciplines like eventing and jumpers or require a quiet mount or harness horse for a beginner, the Morgan can be all this and more. Today's modern Morgan remains true to its versatile heritage. Morgans can be found in the show ring, on the trail, in international competition, and on the ranch. They can be a family friend or a world-class athlete.

Reliable, loyal, and tireless, a Morgan horse becomes one with people of all ages and walks of life, sharing the mutual enjoyment of every equine pastime. He is known for many things, but the one trait that distinguishes him from other breeds is his people-loving attitude. He is "The Horse that Chooses You!"

 

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Additional Information

For additional information contact:

    American Morgan Horse Association
    4066 Shelburne Rd Ste 5
    Shelburne, VT 05482-6908
    (802) 985-4944
    [email protected]
    www.morganhorse.com
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