Many people are familiar with how the Morgan horse got its name, it is a
story of true Americana! In the late 1700's, in Massachusetts, a sturdy bay
colt was born and named Figure. When he was a yearling, Figure was given to
a Vermont schoolmaster named Justin Morgan to pay off a debt.
As Figure grew, he became known as a beautiful horse of many talents. He
could pull stumps and help clear land better than almost any other horse at
the time, was a great Parade horse, carriage and saddle horse. Plus his
beautiful looks as well as his talent made him greatly desired as a sire.
His foals carried on his good looks, compact build, and willing temperament,
and soon Figure became known as the Justin Morgan horse, later shortened to
The Morgan averages between 14.1 and 15.2 hands and occasionally reaches 16
hands. It is most frequently found in the colors bay, black, brown,
chestnut, gray, palomino, creme, dun and buckskin. The Morgan is easily
recognized by its proud carriage, upright graceful neck, and distinctive
head with expressive eyes, and short little ears.. Deep bodied and compact,
the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters.
Morgan versatility is well known. Morgans excel in many disciplines,
including Park Saddle and Harness, English and Classic Pleasure Saddle and
Driving, Western, Hunter, Jumper, Eventing, Dressage, Reining, Cutting,
Endurance and Competitive Trail. They are gentle enough for lessons, 4-H and
Pony Club involvement, and due to their steady, comfortable gaits, are in
great demand as therapeutic riding horses. Morgans are equally well known
for their loving, kind dispositions.