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Morgan Horse Farm

Colonel Joseph Battell
Colonel Joseph Battell

Colonel Joseph Battell began breeding Morgans on his farm in Weybridge, VT in the late 1870s. His intense interest in preserving and promoting America’s first breed of horse saved the Morgan from extinction. Battell spent years studying and tracing Morgan pedigrees, resulting in the publication of the first volume of the Morgan Horse Register in 1894. In 1907 he gave his farm to the U.S. Government.

The economy in Vermont is greatly affected by horses. So much so that the University of Vermont now operates Colonel Battell’s horse farm set aside for raising Morgans. They are beautiful animals.

The Morgan Horse Farm includes tours, video presentations, foals, a gift shop, and picnic area. It is so important that it is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm maintains roughly 60-80 head of horses.

If you are traveling in the area, the Morgan Horse Farm would be a great stop. They do charge a small admission fee.

Happy Travels!

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