Justin Morgan was a teacher, composer, businessman and horseman who moved to Randolph, Vermont from Springfield, Massachusetts in 1788.  He acquired a bay colt, born in 1789 giving him the name Figure.

    This colt was the founding sire of the Morgan breed.  As Figure grew, his compact muscular body and stylish way of moving impressed many of the pioneer farmers and settlers.  Soon tales of his beauty, strength, speed, hardiness, endurance and gentle disposition spread amidst the small New England towns.  His ability to outwalk, outtrot, outrun and outpull other horses was legendary.

    His stud services were offered throughout various locations during his lifetime.  His most valuable asset was the ability to pass on his distinguishing characteristics, not only to his offspring but also through subsequent generations.

    After Justin Morgan's death, Figure moved on to other owners and spent his life working on farms and hauling freight.  As was the practice of the day, he became known by his former owner's name, the Justin Morgan Horse.

    The Morgan is easily recognized by his proud carriage, upright graceful neck and distinctive head with expressive  eyes.  Deep bodied and compact, the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters.   The intelligence, willingness, zest for life and good sense of the Morgan is blended with soundess of limb, ahtleticsm and stamina.

    A tractable temperament allows the Morgan to excel when driving or to be companionable and comfortable on a quiet pleasure ride, a day of ranch work or even during an endurance ride.  The Morgan horse is a versatile horse within a versatile breed.