Morgan Horse Discovery Page
"The Morgan horse is something, every other horse is something else" - author unknown
Speed, strength and versatility set the Morgan horse apart from other breeds. Rarely will you find a single horse with the willingness and abilities for competitive riding, driving, jumping and enjoying a leisurely trail ride. The Morgan temperament is quite unique, and is the trait responsible for "hooking" many horse lovers old and new.
The history of the morgan is legendary. Tracing its roots back to a single stud colt; Figure , morgans are in fact "The First True American Breed". You can learn more about Justin Morgan (the man and his horse!) at the National Horse Museum!
As with any breed, careful consideration must be given before committing to horse ownership. This site is designed to offer guidance on general care for horses, and features links to other useful information.
The American Morgan Horse Association maintains a registry.
Morgan horses in background
This site is designed and maintained by Rich Horejsi who currently enjoys breeding, training, showing (and loving!) horses with his partner at Arroyo Horse Farm in Santa Fe,New MExico, and welcomes your questions and comments.
An interesting historical fact...(excerpted from the National Museum of Horses)
During the Civil War Morgans were dependable cavalry
mounts and artillery horses. Again, their easy-keeping qualities and
ability to endure grueling condition allowed them to outlast other
types of horses. Several units of cavalry in the Union army and one
(known) of the Confederate army were mounted on the breed. United
States General Philip Sheridan's famed charger Winchester (a.k.a.
Rienzi), who was immortalized after the war, was a descendant of Black
Due to a trend in which taller horses were becoming
more desirable with great speed at short distances, the popularity
of the breed began a decline, which would not reverse itself for
several years. Mares continued to be widely used by horse breeders,
but were bred to taller stallions of different breeds. The purpose
was to capture the enduring qualities of the this breed, but with increased
size in the offspring. The result was a more marketable product for
farmers selling to the city markets.
Continuing modernization and development of new
technologies, however, were affecting the equine market nationwide.
Electrification of trolleys and continuing expansion of trains reduced
the demand for harness breeds significantly. Larger farms and a corresponding
increase in the size of agricultural machinery to do the work were
creating a demand for larger, heavier draft horses.