Morgan Horses are a very versatile breed of horse, which
performs well across many disciplines across the equestrian
world. The Morgan is know to be one of the original breeds
of horse developed in the USA, and its origins can be traced
back to the very first stallion named Figure (who then went
on to be called Justin Morgan after its owner).
Figure - Justin Morgan
Figure, the sire that all Morgan horses come from, was born
in 1789, in Massachusetts. He is believed to have stood just
short of horse height, around 14hh, and was renowned for his
ability to pass down hereditary qualities such as his conformation,
presence and agility, making him a superb choice to start
the breed. He died aged 32, and during his life changed his
name to 'Justin Morgan' and so the breed is frequently called
'The Justin Morgan Horse'.
Features of a Morgan Horse
All Morgan horses come from a single breed standard, regardless
of bloodline etc. They are known for a refined build, with
strong legs, a stocky yet compact body, a noticeably arched
neckline and shoulders which are set back. They are very expressive
in character, which is exaggerated by large eyes.
Morgan horse height varies, but normally ranges from roughly
14.1hh up to 15.2hh though there are some variations which
stray either side of these limits. Though they are technically
regarded as horses, if a Morgan horse is under 14.2hh it can
be classed, and entered as a Pony in equestrian shows and
Morgan horses are bred in many different colours, though
the usual colour is either black, bay or chestnut.
Morgan Horses Today
Morgans are an incredibly versatile breed and they often compete
in many different disciplines across the equestrian world,
including eventing, dressage and showjumping. Such is their
popularity, they even have there own show circuit, including
a National Morgan Horse competition.
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