|First Posted: June 24, 2009|
Dec 14, 2014
Niger Flag (also found in West Africa)
Western Africa and the middle of the Niger is where the Djerma horse is found. It originated from the Barb and Dongola breeds. Its build is light. The color is dark-usually brown. The name Djerma comes from the tribes people of Djerma. To own a Djerma horse, in Africa, is considered a sign of wealth. These horses are held in high esteem in Africa especially by the tribes people. Their owners adorn the animals with colorful fabrics, fringes, braids, etc. The riders adorn themselves, as well. These horses can be seen "decked out" in parades festooned with the royal colors of red, burgundy, purple and blue.Although this breed is small it has a really fast gait. They are fine runners. Because of the animal's smaller size and good temperament, some are breeding the Djerma to be used by children and women and sold outside the country. There are mixed feelings about this in Africa as many feel the Djerma Horse should be kept within the country as a symbol of pride.