Fun and Interesting Horse Facts
-The American Saddle Breeders association was founded in 1891
-The American Saddle Horse Breed Association named Denmark (foaled 1839 in Kentucky) as sole foundation sire of the breed in 1908 - despite the fact that the breed existed before the foundation sire did.
-The original Justin Morgan horse was 14 hands high. This bay horse was foaled in 1793 in Massachusetts, and lived in Vermont from age two until his death in 1821. His Death was neglect after being kicked.
-The dam of Justin Morgan may have been three-quarters Dutch and one-quarter Arabian. Many of the mares he was bred to were most likely part Arabian.
-In 1961, the Morgan Horse was named the state animal of Vermont.
-Morgan's, being a stronger and more versatile breed, were a large part responsible for extinction of the Naragansett Pacer.
-The Shetland Pony, smallest pony breed, tends to be larger in the U.S. than in the U. K. Do to the harsh climate of the Shetland Idles, such diminutive breeds as the Shetland Sheepdog and the Shetland deer has been produced.
-Shetland ponies were first imported into the U.S. in 1885.
-The American Shetland Pony Club was founded in 1890, two years before Britain's Shetland Pony Book Society.
-Buffalo Bill Cody bred Shetland ponies.
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