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Lippitt Morgan HORSE STATS

Country of Origin: United States
Use today: The Lippitt Morgan is a versatile horse and is shown in various disciplines under saddle, as well as in driving.
Color: Bay, brown, black and chestnut
Height: 14.1 to 15.1 hands

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Lippitt Morgan HORSE PROFILE

Profile: Today's Morgan horses trace back to a bay stallion called Figure, owned by school teacher and songwriter Justin Morgan of Vermont. In the early 1900s, the automobile and other machinery made workhorses of all breeds, including the Morgan, obsolete. Horse owners began using Morgans for recreational activities, such as pleasure riding and harness racing. To produce horses with more refinement and speed, the Morgan was crossed with other breeds, and the traits that linked it to Figure and other foundation horses were disappearing.

Fullerton Phillips, a wealthy gentleman from Pennsylvania, traveled to Vermont to fulfill his dream of breeding Morgan horses, but he wanted to preserve the original qualities of their predecessors. In the process of developing his herd, a large storm struck, killing many of his horses. Phillips died only five years later in 1927, and the remaining horses were separated.

Robert Lippitt Knight was a local man who took interest in Phillips' horses and purchased two stallions and four mares in order to start his own herd and continue Phillips' goals of preserving the original Morgan horse. When Knight passed away in 1962, his horses were sold at auction, but there were many enthusiasts of the original type who bought them.

In 1971, a small group of aficionados worked to conserve their heritage and gave them the Lippitt Morgan name to recognize Knight's contribution to their survival.

Today, the Lippitt Morgan has no recent out-crossings to other breeds, and therefore it still possesses many of the traits found in Figure.

Characteristics: The Lippitt Morgan has a short head and a medium-length neck with a pronounced crest. The back is short, and the croup is long. The legs are long in the forearms, thighs and gaskins, and short in the cannon bones.

For more information Lippitt Morgan Breeders Association The Lippitt Club

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