Do you know anything about Medicine Hat (paint horse)???
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds

Do you know anything about Medicine Hat (paint horse)???

This is a discussion on Do you know anything about Medicine Hat (paint horse)??? within the Horse Breeds forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category
  • Medicine hat war horse
  • Medicine hat horses tribes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-06-2009, 10:12 PM
  #1
Foal
Post Do you know anything about Medicine Hat (paint horse)???

I know the lines (for the most part) and I know the markings, but is there anyone that can tell me about the origional Medicine Hat and maybe anyone that has pics of him? I can't find any anywhere and I am very interested in his lines and history etc.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    02-06-2009, 10:58 PM
  #2
Weanling
Please correct me if I am wrong but I don't believe there was ever a famous paint named "Medicine Hat". Medicine hat in paints and pintos refers to a type of marking where the horse has a mostly white head and neck but has coloring over his ears and forehead.

My mini below displays medicine hat markings


This is also a good example
     
    02-06-2009, 11:04 PM
  #3
Foal
^^ this, I believe you're correct!

I know they made a breyer years ago named after the markings from the paint horse of a medicine hat, but I don't think there was ever a famous one.
     
    02-06-2009, 11:29 PM
  #4
Foal
I heard a couple people say that there was one indian paint horse that because of his markings (the patch on only his ears and top of the head) they named him Medicine Hat and that he was the only one that had been seen with those markings, and from there they bred him for it and it passed on to his offspring. I am not sure that it is true because I can never find that story or any pics online no matter where I look so I am beginning to agree with both of you. There are not any pedigree's that has that name on it anywhere. But I was just curious to see if there really was anything about him. Thanks!?
     
    02-06-2009, 11:33 PM
  #5
Trained
To the best of my knowledge, it's just a marking that some paints/pintos end up with.

I DO know that there have been Medicine Hat movies... I believe there was one with Leif Garret in it.
     
    02-06-2009, 11:34 PM
  #6
Weanling
Yes, I believe that is a native american legend.
     
    02-07-2009, 01:02 AM
  #7
Yearling
Ill ask my mom about the story, she used to tell it to me when I was little but I can't remeber it now.
     
    02-08-2009, 07:31 PM
  #8
Weanling
The medicine hat and war bonnet horses were valued by native americans because they had a shield on their chest that ws supposed to protect them and their rider in battle. Also they were indian ponies, not the modern "paint" breed.
     
    02-08-2009, 08:04 PM
  #9
Started
Heh, I remember reading the M. Henry book when I was a kid.
Http://www.amazon.com/San-Domingo-Medicine-Hat-Stallion/dp/0689716311
     
    02-08-2009, 08:24 PM
  #10
Weanling
This pretty much sums it up on the origin of the word "medicine Hat" hope it is useful to your purpose

Written by Rena Sherwood

A "Medicine Hat" horse is not a horse of a particular breed, but of a particular color. This is an unusual pinto pattern where the base of the horse is white, but the ears and around the entire top of the head is brown, black or roan. The horse looks like he has a tight cap on. Legend has it that Native American tribes, especially Plains tribes, called the spot a "Medicine Hat" or "war bonnet".
The important distinguishing characteristic of a Medicine Hat is the head. The rest of the body can be of any other pattern. But in order to get a white head and colored ears and cap, most Medicine Hats or Wart Bonnets are mostly white in color with very few other colored patches. They very often have pink muzzles.
What's The Big Deal?
The Medicine Hat marking denoted a horse of superior ability in some way. Some tribes had legends where a rider of a Medicine Hat horse would never be hurt on the back on the horse. Some were said to be able to warn his or her master of danger, or to be able to find game in the most barren of landscapes.
A blue eyed Medicine Hat was especially prized for his or her unusual beauty. The blue eyes of the horse (known often as "sky eyes") made the horse seem otherworldly or ghostly. However, many white faced horses tend to have blue or odd-colored eyes. Because of their mostly white hides, magic or power symbols were often added to him.
Medicine Hats were also considered incredibly lucky. In wearing a magic symbol, the horse personified the magical qualities of a tribe. If your tribe lost its Medicine Hat, misfortune was soon to come, because all of the good magic was gone. Please keep in mind that his is a very simplified explanation for a very complex belief system.
Medicine Hats Today
Modern culture probably wouldn't know much about Medicine Hats if it wasn't for a book entitled "San Domingo: The Medicine Hat Stallion" by famous children's author Marguerite Henry (who also wrote "Misty of Chincoteague"). That book probably would have faded into obscurity if it were not for the fame of the author and a popular Breyer model horse made of the main character, San Domingo.
The Medicine Hat coat variation still exists today and is considered just as valuable now as in the Old West. They can be found in several breeds, including the Paint Horse, Spanish Barb, Mustang, Appaloosa and crossbreeds (called a "grade" horse). Sometimes the coat pattern pops up in ponies as well as horses.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for sport medicine boots - small, and a turnout blanket Colorado Dobes Tack and Equipment Classifieds 2 01-10-2009 12:33 AM
Anyone else use alternative medicine? melinda27858 Horse Health 6 12-02-2008 03:53 AM
Does freezing worm medicine ruin it? cissysmom Horse Health 2 04-30-2008 08:22 PM
Giving medicine...need help!! bakersuzie Horse Health 2 03-28-2008 11:46 AM
horse paint? Tophandcowgirl Horse Shows 1 08-14-2007 09:22 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0