Of Horse

Created by Horse enthusiasts for Horse enthusiasts

Get your free account at Of Horse.

  • Vote

    for your favorite new posts
  • Publish

    your own original blog posts
  • Earn

    $15 for your posts voted to Top Posts
  • Sign Up!
The Lost Breed
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

The Lost Breed

In 1937, a young Idaho student, named Francis Haines, began vigorously researching the Nez Perce Indian tribe of the Pacific Northwest. As he began to delve deeper and deeper into his studies, he found that the mysterious Nez Perce horse had completely runaway with his thoughts. These horses simply would not leave his mind. What had happened to them? Were there any left?

Chief Joseph, or as he was commonly known by his people, "Thunder Rolling in the Mountains", had bred some fine horse stock. he bred the best to the best while gelding the ones that were not fit for breeding. These horses that were noted for their spotted coats, mottled skin, and thin hair, were called the Palouse horse or "a" Palouse horse after a nearby river. They were prized horses, especially of the Nez Perce people. If one had horses, he had wealth. These horses were prized for their natural camouflage. While other nearby tribes painted their horses to give them camouflage, the Nez Perce did not. The horses were also prized for their stamina making them notable buffalo hunting mounts. They were swift and surefooted.

With the threat of losing their land over gold and settlement, the Nez Perce war broke out in the 1877. After the treaty in 1863, the Nez Perce people broke into the following two groups: those who supported the treaty and the "non-treaty" those who did not. Many chiefs did not sign the treaty. The treaty would have reduced their reservation land by 90%. During this time the non-treaty Nez Perce had to flee from their land. Some 3000 horses were with the Nez Perce the day they fled. Many of the other horses had to be left behind. The Nez Perce people eluded the US cavalry for 3 1/2 months and over 1300 miles. They were only 45 miles from the Canadian border when the cavalry caught up to them. They were then sent to South Dakota and their priceless horses were taken away. These horses are the ones that ran away with the young student's thoughts from Idaho and were nearly lost forever until they captured him. These horses today are known as the Appaloosa horse.

Sources: flikr.com; Album of Horses by Marguerite Henry; www.appaloosa.com; www.appaloosamuseum.com

Yes! Send me a full color horse trailer brochure from Featherlite.

Thanks! Your brochure will be on its way shortly.

Leave a Comment

  1. artiesmom
    artiesmom
    I love Appys they are here at mounts and all around great horse. This is a super article! I enjoyed reading it
    Log in to reply.
    1. Lucy Watson
      Lucy Watson
      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! They are also one of my favorite breeds. My first horse was an Appaloosa cross.
      Log in to reply.

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.