Look, we’re all playing Red Dead Redemption 2. I’ve spent like a zillion hours catching, training, and bonding with my horses. It has made me curious about real horses and it sent me down a rabbit hole of horsie facts.
Here are some of my favorites.
The Morgan Horse
The Morgan Horse is one of the earliest breeds to be developed in the United States. Morgans have served many roles in the course of American history. They served as coach horses, general riding animals, and even as calvary horses on both sides of the American Civil War. This breed is known and appreciated for its versatility.
The Marwari are a rare breed from the Marwar (Jodhpur) region of India. They can be easily identified by their unique, inward-turning ear tips. The Marwari are a hardy breed that is descended from crossing Arabian horses with native Indian ponies. The Rathors (or traditional rulers of the Marwar region), were the first to breed this kind of horse in the 12th century. These horses were used for centuries as calvary horses in the Marwar region and have been extolled for their loyalty and bravery on the battlefield.
This American breed is recognized most widely for its distinctive spotted coat. The Nez Perce people Native to America are responsible for developing the first native breed of Appaloosa in what is now the United States. Settlers originally referred to this breed as "Palouse horse" most likely because of the Palouse river. The breed almost disappeared following the Nez Perce war in 1877, but thanks to some dedicated breeders the breed has grown to become one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The Appaloosa was named the official state horse of Idaho in 1975.
Mustangs are often referred to as "wild horses," but because they are descendants of previously domesticated horses, they are more appropriately termed as "feral horses." The original mustang horses were Colonial Spanish horses, but over time they have mixed with other horses. Mustangs are generally described as being "surefooted" and known for having good endurance.
The Andalusian is also known as a "Pure Spanish Horse," and it is a horse bred on the Iberian Peninsula. Although it can trace its ancestry back over 1000s of years, it was officially recognized as a breed in the 15th century. Throughout history, the Andalusian has been recognized for its prowess as a war horse and it was highly prized by nobility. This breed was also used as a tool for diplomacy by the Spanish government, and Kings across Europe rode Andalusian horses. While they have a history as being warhorses, they are also known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility.
Did we miss any favorites? Let us know in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll see you outside Lemoyne.