Lippitt Morgan: All Morgans trace back to a single foundation sire, a stallion named Figure, who was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1789. A teacher, Justin Morgan acquired the bay colt as two year old, in partial payment of a debt. After Justin Morgan's death, Figure moved on to several other owners and as it was customary in the day, he became known by his former owner's name, "the Justin Morgan horse".
Figure is thought to have stood about 14 hh, and to have weighed about 950 lb. He was known for his prepotency, passing on his distinctive looks, conformation, temperament, and athleticism. He died in 1821 at the age of 32 and is now buried in Tunbridge, Vermont.
The Morgan horse breed is the first American breed to be founded solely by one horse, having no recent out crosses to other breeds, resulting in the highest percentage of the original blood available today.
Registered Morgans come in a variety of colors although they are most commonly bay, black, and chestnut. Less common colors include gray, palomino, roan, cremello, perlino, dun, buckskin, and silver dapple. The breed standard ranges from 14.1 to 15.2 hands. Morgans under 14.2 are eligible for registration with the National Morgan Pony Registry and can be shown in open "Pony" competitions.
A compact horse with substance of bone combined with refinement, the Lippitt morgan is a very versatile horse. They make excellent trail mounts as well as performance horses.
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