interesting account by Benjamin Thurston, who at one time
Black Hawk, from Vol 1. It is also interesting that back in
the 1800s they
called fifteen hand and fifteen and a half hand horses "little".
numerous references to this throughout these old books. Black
described as being just under fifteen hands.
Benjamin Thurston, of Lowell, who for several years, was the
Black Hawk, under whose training he was brought out on the
and by whom he was sold to Mr. Hill in 1847, thus speaks:
'I bought Black Hawk when he was five years old; for six years
used him as
my family horse, and think him, without exception, the finest
horse I ever
knew... In the first place, he is the best roadster I ever
drew a rein
over. I have frequently driven him fifty miles in half a day,
drove him sixty-three miles in seven hours and fifteen minutes.
He did it
with perfect ease, and indeed I never saw him fatigued. ..
In the second
place, he has the best disposition of any horse I ever knew,
perfectly safe for any lady to ride or drive. Thirdly, he
will draw as
kindly as any team horse. His stock is unequalled.'."
(Info listed from his stud book shows that he bred 1772 mares
in the seasons
1844 to 1856 after coming to Vermont.).
describing the young horse (Black Hawk), Thurston said to
'He trotted so fast that I was scared'. He became so well
known, on account
of his style and power, in all the region. Once a week, Thurston
lead or drive him into my native town, North Andover, a graceful
resolute little horse, which attracted great attention.'."
was one of the strongest horses I ever knew. His dam was said
to be of
English blood. They used to say that Justin Morgan, as small
as he was,
could at a dead lift pull more weight than any other horse
in Vermont; and I
have no doubt that Black Hawk was capable of the same performance.
admirably balanced. His stifles and gaskins were immense and
formed. His back was short and strong. His shoulders and arms
muscular. At the same time he was symetrical and had no superficial
No horse had a handsomer head and neck than he had, and his
great. His power in harness was apparently equal to his weight.
was always level.. That a handsome, cheerful, powerful, well-made,
good-gaited horse like this should have laid down the foundation
of a good
family is perfectly natural."
Volume 1, Black Hawk was described by eyewtnesses and his
owners as a
"square, open trotter, and with "an easy,open gait.".
And, "Black Hawk,
when a colt, was a square-gaited, easy moving, natural trotter,
fast for that day.".
"Mr. Linsley says: In size, compactness, style of action,
development, temperament and endurance he exhibits the Morgan
traits to a