Hi Horse Pals ~
I chose the Morgan because I love the story of how the breed got its name. I hope you enjoy it, too!
Fact #1: Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse named after his owner, was foaled in 1789 and originally named Figure. As a 2 year old, he was sold to Justin Morgan, a schoolteacher who used the little bay stallion to work long, hard hours plowing fields, carrying his master in the saddle and pulling a carriage on the roads of Vermont. Though he was not as big as the colonial workhorses and not as tall and long-legged as the racehorses, he consistently outperformed both and made himself famous! Once he pulled a log no draft horse could budge, once he carried President Monrose on a muster-day parade, and once he outran the most winning racehorse central Vermont had ever known!
Fact #2: The Morgan horse is a remarkable horse and possibly one of the most important American breeds of horse and it influenced many other breeds, most notably the Tennessee Walker, Standardbred and Saddlebred.
Fact #3: The Morgans are stong, brave and versatile. They are equally at home in harness and under saddle and are widely used for leisure riding all over America. They excel in almost all disciplines of horsemanship.
Fact #4: Today's Morgans differ little from Figure. The average size is between 14.2 and 15.2 hands and they are predominently bay, chestnut or brown although some black, palomino, buckskin and even a few grays appear in the breed.
Fact #5: The Morgan has a characteristic stance, with the front end thrust forward and the hind legs pushed straight out behind them.
I had so much fun with this one that I'm giving an extra bonus fact!
Fact #6!: The Morgan horse made such a fabulous story that a book and movie were made about it. The popular children's book, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, is written by famous equine writer Marguerite Henry and Walt Disney Studios released the movie, Justin Morgan Had a Horse, in 1972.
So, here's a clue about next week's breed: this breed is from South America!
Guess away and happy riding!
Your Horse Pal,