At Bare Bones Mounts, we specialize in European skull mounts. However, we are also skilled in larger-scale full restoration projects for museums and collectors, including fully articulated skeleton assemblies.
Last year, Bare Bones Mounts was contracted to complete the restoration and preservation of “Blackhawk,” a Morgan-bred horse born in 1833 and noted for his speed, symmetry, and incredible performance as a harness racer.
The elite Morgan horse line was started by Justin Morgan with his stallion named Figure, who was born in 1789. Figure, who was later renamed after Morgan himself, sired the line of horses that would eventually become the world-renowned “Morgan Horse.” These horses were used for harness racing and pulling passenger coaches in their early days, and became well known for their overall athleticism.
Colonel Joseph Battell, a native of Middlebury, Vermont, published the first Morgan Horse Registry in 1894. He donated the property, which became the U.S. Government Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, VT, in 1907. In 1945, the University of Vermont assumed ownership of the farm, and continues to run it as a working Morgan Breeding program, and preservation of the lineage of Morgan Horses.