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    05-22-2012, 01:44 AM
Post Indian War Pony

I recently started reading about the native american war pony. They sound like amazing horses! So what breed do you think it is? And are they really ponies, or are they horses? From the pics, I think horses. But I have NO idea about what breed they would be.... Paint maybe?
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    05-22-2012, 09:16 AM
"Native American" is this as in one of the more than 1,000 tribes that were in this country in the late 1800's & early 1900's? Or the more than 500 Indian tribes that are here today? Different tribes had different horses.
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    05-22-2012, 10:07 AM
My guess is that most of these horse's would be mixed breed from spanish descendent.
    05-22-2012, 10:18 AM
As well as horses escaping from ranchers, the Calvary, wagon trains, etc. Some tribes stole or raid from other tribes. My point is there is no one Indian pony or war pony. Many of the tribes were not “at war’ but owned horses, so were their horses “war ponies”?
    05-22-2012, 10:23 AM
Green Broke
It's called a Mustang. Lol
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    05-22-2012, 10:28 AM
A mustang is a wild or escaped horse. Many Indian tribes rasied horses so to say they were mustangs is wrong. My opinion.
    05-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Green Broke
Aren't there Nez Perce Appaloosas?
    05-22-2012, 10:38 AM
Yes, but they were crosses themselves. They were probably breed continually not only for a need but because of the colorations.

In essence, all "War Ponies" were mutts. Unless stolen or having wandered away from Spanish or American control. They were a mix-match of whatever horses were obtained by the tribes. I'm sure castration wasn't even a thought, and being that a tribe with horses was mobile and powerful. So stallions were allowed to breed mares because they were valuable.
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    05-22-2012, 11:14 AM
Actually many tribes had excellent breeding programs and often spoke of castrating stallions they deem not suitable. There is some history of horses coming into the Northern Plains area via Canada which came with the French.
    05-22-2012, 11:26 AM
Huh. I didn't know that. Makes sense though, having prized individuals.
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