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First Posted: Nov 2, 2011
Nov 2, 2011

Native American Horse Breeds

My husband and I visited the National Indian Art Museum in Washington, DC to see the exhibit "Song of the Horse Nation." I took a picture of the above information while at the exhibit. As you can see it gives a number of the most popular American Horse Breeds that are still with us: the American Quarter Horse which was a cross between the Chickasaw ponies and the English Thoroughbred.

The Appaloosa was the spotted horse of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe--excellent horse breeders. This stock was a mix of the Alkhal-Teke (A horse from Turkmenistan, in northern Iran adjacent to the former Soviet Union). The Alkhal-Teke from Turkmenistan is thought to have descended from the now extinct Turkoman horse breed.

A number of breeds came from the Southestern Indian tribes: Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Creek (Muscogee People). Many of these breeds have perished but there is a movement to save as many of the remaining stock as possible.

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