Prepared from information supplied by the Morgan Horse Association of Australia
Morgan horses were brought to Australia more than 100 years ago to improve the bloodlines of trotting horses. The breed has developed steadily since a second wave of Morgans was imported in 1974.
Morgan horses were developed in Vermont in the United States about 200 years ago. The breed can be traced back to a stallion named Figure, owned by stallioneer and music teacher Justin Morgan. Figure was reportedly a tough horse with a willing and friendly disposition, along with a strong tendency to pass these favourable characteristics to his offspring, and so the breed was born.
In the United States, Morgans are renowned in carriage driving and singles and pairs competition. In Australia they also participate in dressage, endurance, showjumping and showing, and are a family horse that both children and adults can enjoy.
The Morgan has a proud carriage, upright graceful neck, and distinctive head with expressive eyes. Deep bodied and compact, the Morgan has strongly muscled quarters.
Morgan horses are a versatile breed, described as being curious, friendly and intelligent, with soundness of limb, athleticism and stamina.