The Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. Morgans served many roles in 19th-century American history, being used as coach horses, general riding animals and as cavalry horses during the American Civil War on both sides of the conflict.
Morgans have influenced other major American breeds, including the American Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse and the Standardbred. During the 19th and 20th centuries, they were exported to other countries, including England, where a Morgan stallion influenced the breeding of the Hackney horse.
There were estimated to be over 175,000 Morgan horses worldwide in 2005. The Traditional Morgan Horse is now listed as critically endangered by the livestock conservancy because there are fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and the estimated global population is less than 2,000.
Libbie works hard to support the refuge, our therapy programs and is still young enough to have a foal, would you consider sponsoring her? Click here to donate - just $75 per month will either keep Libbie fed or take care of her vetting and farrier needs but you can choose any amount that fits your budget. If you would like to make your donation happen every month, please check the box on the paypal site that says, "Make this a monthly donation" - thank you so much!
Libbie was donated to Fuzzy Faces Refuge by Byron Childress, who has bred and raised Morgans his entire life. Libbie was a champion show horse who was sold to a commune in Virginia where she and her sister Aria were to be well cared for.
Unfortunately, the older lady who owned and ran the commune passed away. And, the younger couple who were left in charge, moved away, leaving all of the horses with no one to take care of them. Byron had been going to check on his girls every six months. But, he became very ill and wasn't able to go for nearly a year. When he got well enough to visit, he found his beloved babies starving and pregnant. Byron rescued them and took them home. The vet told him that if they lived it would be a miracle.
Byron slept a total of 2 hours a night for 5 nights in a row and saved them both, along with their babies! He graciously allowed our refuge to have Libbie and she is happy, healthy and beautiful. However, Libbie's ordeal has has left her with bad teeth, so she's a bit more expensive to feed - but she is worth it!
The Morgan horse can trace it's roots back to the foundation sire Figure, later named Justin Morgan after his best-known owner.
In 1907, the US Department of Agriculture established the US Morgan Horse Farm near Middlebury, Vermont for the purpose of perpetuating and improving the Morgan breed; the farm was later transferred to the University of Vermont.
The first breed registry was established in 1909. The Morgan Horse weighs between 800 - 1,000 pounds. They are intelligent, docile and willing to work. Rider experience level required varies from beginner to intermediate for this breed.
What do Morgan Horses need...
Farrier – Morgans need their feet trimmed every six to eight weeks = $20/month.
Dental – Morgans need their teeth checked and floated on a yearly basis = $200/year.
Vet – Morgans need yearly vaccinations = $300/year.
Worming – Morgans need to be wormed on a regular basis = $5/month.
Feed – Morgans need a quality hay and some type of grain or pellet with vitamins on a daily basis = $50/month.
Salt – Morgans need free access to salt = $20/year
Water – Morgans need free access to clean, fresh water.
Shelter – Morgans need free access to adequate shelter.
Grooming – Morgans need to be brushed to keep their skin and coats healthy. Their long winter hair can trap debris and house fungus and parasites. Their feet need to be cleaned at least twice a week to prevent disease = $10/month for supplies
Companionship – Horses are herd animals, they need at least one other equine or livestock friend.