Official State Horse of Massachusetts
The beautiful Morgan Horse was designated the official state horse of Massachusetts in 1970. All State Horses
Many other states have adopted horses as official state symbols: racking horse (Alabama); Appaloosa (Idaho); thoroughbred (Kentucky and Maryland); Tennessee walking horse (Tennessee); Nokota horse (North Dakota); Missouri fox trotting horse (Missouri): Colonial Spanish mustang (North Carolina); Florida cracker horse (Florida); "the horse" (New Jersey); marsh tacky (South Carolina); American Quarter horse (Texas); and the Morgan horse is also a symbol of Vermont. Horse symbols have been proposed for Oregon (Kiger mustang), and Arizona (Colonial Spanish horse), but have not yet been adopted.
Morgan Horse Facts
Morgans (Equus cabullus morganensis) are descendants of "Figure," a sturdy little bay stallion owned by schoolteacher and singing master Justin Morgan of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Born in 1789, and later known by his master's name (Justin Morgan), this horse outran and outworked any horse that was brought against him. In 1821 the gallant little horse died at the age of 32.