Sorry that there’s no picture available. Last of the Wild Horses is a great read for any horse lover. It sketches the wild horse and goes from the Sable Island ponies to the wild mustang of North America. With full color photos and informative interesting text, this book will be a great addition to your library.
I’ve decided to start this series called Great Horses In History (GHIH). Enjoy!
Bucephalus was the favorite horse of Alexander the Great. As story has it, when Alexander was only ten years old, he tamed the horse no-one could tame – Bucephalus. Bucephalus carried his master in many great battles, even against the great war elephants. Many historians have written about him.
“King Alexander had also a very remarkable horse; it was called Bucephalus, either on account of the fierceness of its aspect, or because it had the figure of a bull’s head marked on its shoulder. It is said, that he was struck with its beauty when he was only a boy, and that it was purchased from the stud of Philonicus, the Pharsalian, for thirteen talents. When it was equipped with the royal trappings, it would suffer no one except Alexander to mount it, although at other times it would allow any one to do so. A memorable circumstance connected with it in battle is recorded of this horse; it is said that when it was wounded in the attack upon Thebes, it would not allow Alexander to mount any other horse. Many other circumstances, also, of a similar nature, occurred respecting it; so that when it died, the king duly performed its obsequies, and built around its tomb a city, which he named after it
“The Natural History of Pliny, Volume 2 , by Pliny (the Elder.), John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley
“That on the further side, he nam’d Nicœa, in Memory of his Victory over the Indians; This he nam’d Bucephalus, to perpetuate the Memory of his Horse Bucephalus, which died there, not because of any Wound he had received, but meerly of old Age, and excess of Heat; for when this happen’d, he was nigh thirty Years Old: He had also endur’d much Fatigue, and undergone many Dangers with his Matter, and would never suffer any, except Alexander himself, to mount him. He was strong, and beautiful in Body, and of a generous Spirit. The Mark by which he was said to have been particularly distinguished, was a Head like an Ox, from whence he receiv’d his Name of Bucephalus: Or rather, acording to others, because he being Black, had a white Mark upon his Forehead, not unlike those which Oxen often bear.” Arrian’s History of Alexander’s Expedition, Volume 2
In 326 B.C. Bucephalus carried his master into battle. When Alexander told him to go forward, the horse refused. Instead he turned and raced back with Alexander riding him to the back flank. There he kneeled, allowed Alexander to dismount, and fell over dead. It was later found that Bucephalus was suffering from severe battle wounds. However, he made sure his master was safe before dying.
Paintings of horses with spots have gone back as far as Ancient Greece, Persia, and the Chinese Han Dynasty. The Spanish obtained horses through trading with other European countries. It has been said that 16 spotted horses were brought to Mexico by Cortez. When the Appaloosa horse was not popular any more with the courts of Europe, they were shipped off to Mexico and America. Enter the Nez Perce Indians. These expert horse breeders took the Appaloosa and carefully bred it to bring out the best in the breed as well as the Appaloosa’s distinctive coloring. There are many of these horses in the world today.
Here is a chart of the Appaloosa’s coat patterns:
General term that refers to a horse that has white or dark spots over all or a portion of its body.
Blanket or snowcap
A solid white area normally over, but not limited to, the hip area with a contrasting base color.
Blanket with spots
A white blanket which has dark spots within the white. The spots are usually the same color as the horse’s base color.
A white horse with dark spots that flow out over the entire body. Considered an extension of a blanket to cover the whole body.
Few spot leopard
A mostly white horse with a bit of color remaining around the flank, neck and head.
A horse with white spots, flecks, on a dark body. Typically the white spots increase in number and size as the horse ages.
Appaloosa, roan, marble
or varnish roan
A distinct version of the leopard complex. Intermixed dark and light hairs with lighter colored area on the forehead, jowls and frontal bones of the face, over the back, loin and hips. Darker areas may appear along the edges of the frontal bones of the face as well and also on the legs, stifle, above the eye, point of the hip and behind the elbow. The dark points over bony areas are called “varnish marks” and distinguish this pattern from a traditional roan.
A fewspot leopard that is completely white with only mottled skin showing.
Roan blanket or Frost
Horses with roaning over the croup and hips. The blanket normally occurs over, but is not limited to, the hip area.
Roan blanket with spots
A horse with a roan blanket that has white and/or dark spots within the roan area.
This was such an excellent chart I just had to have it. I got it from Wikipedia.
Yesterday, I talked about a virtual horse game. Today, I’ll talk about a horse board game. Herd your Horses is a game that actually can be played multiple ways. In one game, you are a wild lead mare trying to bring your herd to safety. In the other two, you pretend you are a rancher with horses to protect in different ways. There are also some games for single players. Includes beautiful cards with horses painted on them and some information about the different breeds.