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Windt im Wald Farm
Geauga County, Northeast Ohio
since 1995

THE MORGAN HORSE

The very first Morgan horse was a little bay stallion named Figure. In 1789 a Massachusetts teacher named Justin Morgan accepted Figure as a partial payment of a debt. Although some historians believe that Figure was part Arabian, just as many others speculate that he had a Thoroughbred or Welsh Cob parent. Whatever his parentage, Figure came to be remembered as a reliable worker who could pull stumps and logs, participate in parades, pull carriages elegantly, and win races. In addition, the little stallion with the round, compact body, slightly arched tail, large eyes, broad forehead, and slightly dished face was an "easy keeper"; he did not need much feed to keep him strong and healthy. Although Figure became known as the "Justin Morgan horse," he outlived his master and passed into the hands of new owners in Vermont and New Hampshire, working for the duration of his very useful life. He died at the very ripe old age of 32 because of an untreated kick from another horse.

Today's descendants of Figure average between 14.1 and 15.2 hands and come in bay, black, brown, chestnut, grey, palomino, cream, dun, and buckskin. Like their distant ancestor, the little bay stallion Figure, they are easily recognized by their proud and upright carriage, expressive eyes, and willingness to get any job done. They are truly American-born and bred.

Diane Jones
Windt im Wald Farm

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