"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Monday, January 25, 2010

A HORSE IS A HORSE







A horse is a horse, unless it's a Choctaw or Cherokee horse. Only 200 horses of these strains remain. Half a millennium ago, Spanish conquistadors brought horses to North America. Horses had been extinct in North America for 10,000 years. After the Spaniards began establishing colonies, they banned the native peoples from owning and even riding horses. That would have been the end of story, except many of the horses escaped into the wild where Indians found and tamed them. The rest is history but for the new challenge: surviving in the modern world.
In steps the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). For centuries, the Spanish Colonial horses were the most common type of horse throughout the Southeast and regions west of the Mississippi. But in the mid-late 1800's, almost all Spanish stocks were crossbred with or replaced by horses like thoroughbreds, riding horses and draft horses. The Spanish Colonial horse was nearly extinct by 1950. ALBC advisor, Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, has researched and written extensively about both the Choctaw and Cherokee strains. "Besides being an important part of American history, their genes are irreplaceable. Red Road Farm in Morrisville, VT, has a Choctaw horse breeding program and a horse sponsorship program. The ALBC, in Pittsboro, NC has info and the Southwest Spanish Mustang Assoc. has extensive info on the breed.
And, this beautiful specimen, whinnies and comes running to my back fence whenever she sees me outside. No, she's not mine, but I feed her carrots, oats and apples.



8 comments:

  1. Aaawww she just beautiful !
    How lucky that you have gained her as a friend.
    She looks strong enough to pull a house, yet gentle enough to let a child ride her.
    I'm jealous ;)

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  2. What a sweet and beautiful friend!

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  3. Hi Donna... now that's some horse stuff I didn't know... but he's a beauty for sure...

    ps... I can't wait to see my booth full either! wish I could do that "bewitched" nose thing and just make it all happen...

    hugs. Dixie

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  4. Didn't know you were a horse person too...my days in youth were spent running my hood as a beautiful dapple gray mare, running footloose, wild and free...

    I so miss my funny barred rock hens and those mischievous roosters, you've made up my mind, this summer I build my wee lil' chicken ranch...must have them free range eggs!!!

    Can I come live with you and be a farm hand...I'm cheap!!! LOL...

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  5. What beautiful horses. My dad once had a horse, he has many pictures of when he was a boy with his beloved pet. I love horses and think they are just so beautiful.

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  6. Beautiful story and a beautiful horse. I am so happy to have found your gorgeous blog. Thanks for visiting mine. I'm telling a friend about your blog. She's your counterpart in California.

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  7. Gorgeous...with such a sweet soulful face. And lucky to have a friend that brings him oats and apples and carrots. Interesting background!

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  8. Sweet horse! And interesting to hear how human selection has caused the end of a species.

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