THE TURN OF THE CEN­TURY MOR­GAN

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Alexan­der the Great (1908) by Lyn­don, who traces to Billy Root 1829 and out of Kitty Thurber by Ethan Allen 2nd, with one line to Fig­ure through the Hawkins Horse, and one to Thor­ough­bred through Shark. I present this horse first be­cause he ex­em­pli­fies “old Ver­mont” breed­ing. He is low-with­ered and some­what soft-backed, but broad-chested and broad and mus­cu­lar over the loins. The neck is heavy but beau­ti­fully shaped, the limbs sub­stan­tial and cor­rect, the length of “rein” spec­tac­u­lar. More than any­thing else, how­ever, what makes this horse de­sir­able is the sweet, cu­ri­ous, bid­dable ex­pres­sion, the very essence of good-mind­ed­ness and easy train­abil­ity. This is the sort of horse that the av­er­age per­son can en­joy—some­thing we are sorely lack­ing in the present day.

Billy Root 2nd (1905) by Young Gen­eral Gif­ford who traces to Wood­bury, Bul­rush and Sher­man Mor­gan, and out of an un­known mare. Stand­ing a lit­tle taller on the leg than Alexan­der the Great, this horse ex­em­pli­fies the “ride and drive” type of horse widely sought after by Amer­i­cans in the gaslight era. Note the long, mus­cu­lar croup; ex­cel­lent cou­pling; medi­um­length back; su­perb shoul­der; shapely neck; cor­rect limbs; sub­stan­tial hooves; well-car­ven head; and the qui­etly in­tel­li­gent ex­pres­sion.

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