Great Horses In History Part 2

Continuing the GHIH theme I present you – Magnolia!  All of you are scratching your heads.  Who was Magnolia?  Magnolia was George Washington’s favorite horse.  He was a prized Arabian steed.

George Washington bought Magnolia, for 500 pounds from his step-son Jon Parke Custis’s estate after the British surrendered at Yorktown.  Magnolia was known as one of the most beautiful horses in the colonies, “a chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, 16 hands tall, and thought by all who saw him to be perfect,” according to the Virginia Journal.  After Magnolia failed as a racehorse he was used to sire many foals.

Unknown speaker Jean Le Mayer said: “I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude for the new offer of the services of your horse Magnolia. I think him an elegant horse and would prefer my mares going to him rather than any one I have seen in America.”

This horse is considered a reasonable facsimile of what Magnolia would have looked like.

 

 

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