A GALLERY OF EARLY MOR­GANS

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to that pro­duced by the Nar­ra­gansett Pac­ers, “Suri­nam horses” and “Ja­maica horses” that could be found at the time in Rhode Is­land and Ver­mont---and not un­like their mod­ern rel­a­tives, the Cuban and Puerto Ri­can Pa­sos (see “Con­for­ma­tion of Mor­gan Sire-Line An­ces­tors,” page 49).

Many of Fig­ure’s male get were gelded or, if not gelded, did not pro­duce many de­scen­dants. Al­most all Mor­gans to­day de­scend from three of his sons: Sher­man Mor­gan, foaled 1808; Bul­rush Mor­gan, foaled 1812; and Woodbury Mor­gan, foaled 1816. Sev­eral other Fig­ure sons did, how­ever, leave prog­eny and their names thus oc­ca­sion­ally ap­pear in old pedi­grees, as you will see be­low.

From the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion on­ward, Mor­gan horses were fre­quently crossed with Thor­ough­breds. The get of Mor­gans crossed with the Thor­ough­bred Rys­dyk’s Ham­ble­to­nian 1849 are of­ten con­sid­ered to be Amer­i­can Stan­dard­breds. Thus from al­most the be­gin­ning we can dis­cern two phys­i­cal types of Mor­gans—a smaller, “punchier” horse with no more Thor­ough­bred an­ces­try than that de­riv­ing di­rectly from Fig­ure; and a taller, leg­gier, some­what more an­gu­lar type with ad­di­tional crosses to Thor­ough­bred.

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