Morgan~Friesian~Moriesian Breed INFO

The Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. Tracing back to the foundation sire Figure, later named Justin Morgan after his best-known owner, Morgans served many roles in 19th-century American history, being used as coach horses and for harness racing, as general riding animals, and as cavalry horses during the American Civil War. Morgans are a strong powerful horse. The United States Equestrian Federation states, "a Morgan is distinctive for its stamina and vigor, personality and eagerness and strong natural way of moving. The breed has a reputation for intelligence, courage and a good disposition! The Morgan breed is known for its versatility, and is used for a number of English and Western events. They have been successfully shown in many disciplines, including dressage, show jumping, Western pleasure, cutting and endurance riding. They are also used as stock horses and for pleasure riding and driving. They are frequently seen in driving competitions, including combined driving and carriage driving. Morgans were the first American breed to compete in the World Pairs Driving competition, representing the U.S. They can be seen as mounts for 4-H and Pony Club participants and therapeutic riding programs, due to their gentle disposition and steady movement.

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The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size. During the Middle Ages,  Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe. Through the middle ages their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor into battle. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. The breed has powerful overall conformation and good bone structure. They have powerful, sloping shoulders, compact, muscular bodies with strong, sloping hindquarters and low-set tails. Their limbs are comparatively short and strong. A Friesian horse also has a long, thick mane and tail, often wavy, and "feather"—long, silky hair on the lower legs—deliberately left untrimmed. The breed is known for a brisk, high-stepping trot. The Friesian is considered willing, active, and energetic, but also gentle and docile. A Friesian tends to have great presence and to carry itself with elegance. Friesians are used in ventures such as pulling vintage carriages at assorted ceremonial events. Because of their color and striking appearance, Friesian horses are a popular breed in movies and television, particularly in historic and fantasy dramas. They are viewed as calm in the face of the activity associated with filmmaking, but also elegant on-camera!

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The Moriesian Coming from two breeds that are known for their train-ability, mild manners and friendly dispositions. The Moriesian makes a perfect performance competitor, plus a quality family horse. Their common sense makes people think they are more mature at an early age. They continue to mature until age six and it is not unusual for them to have a final change of height at that age.

The Moriesian horse is the result of a breeding program initiated in the United States to produce horses with the versatility of the Morgan and elegance and charisma of the Friesian, two breeds from which it takes it’s name.  

Moriesians, a combination of Friesians (from the dark ages of Europe) and Morgans (from Colonial America). They display an up-headed stature, expressive face, compact body and long thick mane and tail. Their slope of shoulder and movement tends to be more Friesian-like which gives them a regal appearance. The Moriesian is a horse of immense presence, with a full upright, sloping neck set into an open shoulder with the capability of huge movement. The Moriesian is an excelent trail and pleasure horse. They are easy to train and because of their gentle nature they are great for novice people and youth. The Moriesian is rare breed and certainly unique. We invite you to satisfy your curiosity and experience the "Magic" of the Moriesian horse!

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