Justin Morgan Had a Horse

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Justin Morgan Had a Horse is a children's historical novel by Marguerite Henry. It concerns horse-breeding in Vermont in the late eighteenth century.[1] The novel, illustrated by Wesley Dennis, was first published in 1945 and was a Newbery Honor recipient in 1946.[2]

In 1972, the book was made into a film by Disney Studios. The film version starred Don Murray as Justin Morgan. [3]

Plot summary[edit]

The schoolmaster, Justin Morgan, takes two colts as payment for an old debt. The younger of the two grows into a sturdy, though small, riding horse which served as the foundation of the Morgan breed of horse.

John Smith, formerly of NBC's Laramie, played the part of Mr. Ames.


  1. ^ The Newbery Companion by John Thomas Gillespie and Corinne J. Naden, Libraries Unlimited, 2001, p. 140
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068789/