Vermont Morgan Horse

In Weybridge, Vermont, the University of Vermont maintains the historic Morgan Horse Farm, where for more than a century breeders and trainers have been keeping the prized Morgan bloodline alive. Renowned for their noble spirit, feats of strength, and gentle disposition, the Morgan has emerged as one of the preeminent American breeds.

They are magnificent animals, proud and trained to perform. Most people only know the glamorous side, with the horses portrayed in rigidly-posed paintings set in pastures with bucolic barns and fences in the background, or hitched to carts with drivers dressed in their Sunday-best riding clothes, guiding the animals around the interior of the show arena. The reality that I've tried to present in this photographic monograph is no less idyllic, but it conveys the long hours and sweat that go into making the Morgan the icon it has become.

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