It took fourteen long years but we finally found the exact location that Justin Morgan had settled at when he and his family came to Randolph Vermont. The search required us to come in contact with many people who thought that they had know the location. These different locations had to be dis proven in order for us to confirm the spot we thought was the location and the successes and the failure of trying to confirm these location became and emotional journey.
When you read hundreds of documents at libraries, on micro film, on the internet, at historical museums, and in town clerks offices, you get so that you almost know these people. You understand their way of life and why they did what they did. It was a very different world two hundred and thirty two years ago. It was a simple life but harsh. You worked to provide for yourself in harsh elements or you didn’t survive. Yet if you were down and out, neighbors would step in to help.
I could talk for hours about Justin Morgan, Judge Frederick Griswold, Joseph Griswold, Henry Walbridge, the Carpenter family and the Edgertons to name just a few of those who were involved with Morgan in his lifetime. Then there were the people who I have the pleasure to meet in doing my search, like Mr. Fish, Mim Herwig, Eaton Snow, Neil Rinehart, Robert Brinck, the Paranormal group and Brian Garvey to name just a few.
The story is an interesting one and you can read about it in my new book named “Justin Morgan And The Morgan Horse, Living On The Town Line”. You can purchase the book at https://www.justinmorgan1.com
The will be an unveiling of a Vermont Historical Marker at his home site location on August 30th, 2020 and you can read more about it at www.morganhomesite.com
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It seems that horse people like to put other horse people in a certain class. For example people may associate Denny Emerson as a Warmblood person and knowing Denny he does indeed love a good Warmblood however he loves and owns a Morgan Horse as well. The same goes for myself. Many people consider me to be a Lippitt Morgan person but my Morgan stallion, Denlores Desert Storm is not a Lippitt Morgan. I have owned Lippitt horses and I have supported the Lippitt Morgan but the fact of the matter is that I just love a good horse! I love to watch a wonderful dressage horse yet I can get excited watching a nice Saddlebred racking down the rail. We collect all breeds of stallions at our farm from Morgans to Icelandics and they all have their good points as well as bad.
If I was a rich person I would own some of all the breeds including a nice Frisian but I’m not, so my preference is to raise Morgan Horses.
The thing that made me select the Morgan Horse is that you can do anything with a Morgan. From Saddle seat, hunt seat, western, cutting and reining, dressage or carriage, Morgans can do it all. It’s the complete package that I fell in love with. Besides versatile, the Morgan Horse is pretty, loving, great with children and it has a deep American history that goes back two hundred and thirty years.
So would you consider me a Morgan person? No, I am a horse person and that’s the way we all need to think and treat anyone and everyone who is in the equine industry. This separation between breeds or disciplines has to come to a stop and we need to all come together and support everything. Fifteen years ago the equine industry was flourishing because the economy was great. Gas was low and people had extra money but today many people have drifted away from horses because they cannot afford horse ownership. To add to the problem people have become lazy. Most people today, especially young people would rather play video games or text on their cell phone than ride a horse. I mean horses are work. They must be fed and their stalls need to be cleaned not to mention grooming or other things that go along with horse ownership. If you plan on competing with your horse you now must become dedicated to working your horse just as any athlete must work. It takes time, it takes commitment where as video games take none of that and is actually fun as well.
This all means that there are fewer of us supporting the equine industry and those who are still into horses are the people who are really into horses. This is why we all need to stick together and support one another. God bless the horse.