It has always been said that Justin Morgan settled somewhere on the Randolph, Brookfield Vermont town line, but no one has ever found the exact location,
until now!

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I have always had a love for history, particularly American History. It was history that Inspired me to get involved with breeding Morgan Horses in 1988 and it was history that obsessed me to dig deeper into the past of this great breed of horse. The story of one colt who was taken from Massachusetts, brought to Vermont and who became the progenitor of a breed of horse is an amazing one. It's a story that digs deep into Vermont's beginnings and it's a story that makes you want to continue to search for more. One progenitor of a breed is something that has never happened before and will more than likely never happen again. We all know that it takes two to procreate but this one colt who was brought to Vermont by his breeder in 1792 at the age of three created offspring after offspring in his likeness.

There are a number of "lovers" of The Morgan Horse who have spent years researching the breed to find out who owned Figure throughout his life. They wanted to know every little detail like what he did and what mares he bred. The Morgan Horse Family has quite a history since Morgan Horses were used to clear the land, the race horse of choice, were family horses and were the select mount of for the US Calvary. I love the Morgan Horse for his versatility and beauty but the frosting on the cake for me is its history. The history of Figure is a long story but difficult to research because of how differently the stories have been told and changed over the years. Hence as I was once told by a friend that the word "history" is based on the two words of "his" and "story" and yes those stories do have differences in them and those differences made finding the truth difficult.

Justin Morgan
Justin Morgan



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We wish to acknowledge The Morgan Horse Heritage Foundation for their grant, and assistance in helping to get this book published. We also wish to acknowledge that the electronic version of this book was funded with a grant from The American Morgan Horse Asscociation.