A horse that has LOTS of mane and tail, a horse that comes in every color and pattern (including all overos, appaloosa, and tobiano), a horse that doesn't need shoes or grain, a horse that has great endurance, a cowy horse, a tough horse, a smart horse, a short horse, a colonial spanish horse.
A horse brought from Spain. Carried conquisidors, change life for Native Americans, a buffalo runner, a war pony, the horse that made the native american tribes the finest light calvary at the time, that held off the government until they started utilizing these swift horses, this horse the first cow pony of the American west, the progenerator of almost every american breed such as the Quarter Horse, the Paint, the Appaloosa, and several American gaited breeds, this horse that was shot by the government and almost crossbred out of existence... The Spanish Mustang, the Spanish Barb, the Indian Pony, the Cayuse, whatever you may call him...
I'm in love with the Colonial Spanish Horse!
Sundowner (Jack Slade x Esperanza) at the Cayuse Ranch
I just love how they look from head to toe. They have awesome manes and tails, that beautiful Spanish head and neck, I don't know when I look at them something just seems right about the way they look. Plus they come in every color and pattern and combination! Appy, tobi, frame, splash, sabino, roan, champagne, just everything!
To-Bulls (Cimarron x Dos-Equis) formerly of Arrowrock Spanish Mustangs
I also love how tough and versatile they are. Honestly, a 100 mile endurance race is nothing for these horses. I love how they can jump, work cows, turn heads in dressage, reining and endurance. They're just a good all-rounder!
Rowdy Yates (Jack Slade x Esperanza) and Vickie Ives of Karma Farms
And of course I love their history, there is something about owning THE horse that found America THE horse of the Native American war pony and buffalo runner, the first cow pony, the pony express horse that just makes me proud.
Chief Going Streak (Choctaw Ricochet x Swinging J's Going Streak), a pure Choctaw gaited Stallion, owned by Bryant Rickman
I also love the fact that they are such easy keepers (my mare doesn't need grain) with super great feet. Many are gaited, also. As for genetic diversity, even though this breed is critically endangered they are one of the only horse breeds left with no Arabian and no Thoroughbred blood, and no genetic diseases! They are a very old breed, that can be traced all the back before Spain had horses and some of the horses now have pedigrees tracing back to 1750. There is so much to love, I could go on and on and on.
Chisto and Rebecca Gilpatrick of the Choctaw Ranch