A GALLERY OF EARLY MORGANS
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.