Some horses race, some aid in human labor, some are just beloved companions. Lots of horses today have pretty mundane lives, and seem quite content with that. However, there have been horses whose lives were anything but ordinary. Horses who accomplished the impossible and became legends. Some still dominate history books and the memories of those who can remember. Here are five fabulously famous horses you may not know about.
Top on the list is Sergeant Reckless, perhaps the most “reckless” military horse of the 20th century, and one of the most famous for sure. Purchased in 1952, she actually went through Marine Corps training. It paid off later on, as Reckless played an important role in US military activities, particularly in the Korean War - a war pitting South Korea and her Northern neighbor. Apart from delivering weapons, Sergeant Reckless helped rush injured soldiers to health facilities. This unbelievable horse eventually got promoted to sergeant and retired in 1954. She passed away in 1968.
Comanche was procured by the Army in the late 1800s. Captained by Myles Keogh of 7th Cavalry, he was instrumental to certain US soldiers, even carrying his wounded commander and earning his nickname. During the tragic Battle of Little Bighorn, Comanche carried Myles, the only survivor of the bloody battle, and became a legend in the process. Apparently, upon the horse’s death in 1891, full military honors were accorded.
Former President and American Civil War general Ulysses Grant owned three horses. One of them was Cincinnati. Sired by the fastest horse in the US at the time, he was presented as a gift to the war general. But Ulysses was not the only admirer of Cincinnati. Former President and icon Abraham Lincoln also held the horse in high esteem. The horse was so loved by the general that the majority of his later depictions would feature him mounted on his favorite steed. Cincinnati died1878.
When it came to racing, Eclipse absolutely eclipsed other horses of that time. Even though the sport of horse racing wasn’t as developed as it is today, Eclipse was feted in Europe and America for his tremendous speed in the late 1700s. This amazing horse had flawless track record, winning all eighteen races over his running career. His legacy persists to this day, with several major horse races named after him.
Active in the late 1800s, West Australian was in his own league. Despite losing his first race, he persisted and went on to win a streak of victories that include St. Leger Stakes, Epsom Derby, Ascot Gold Cup, and others. History books remember him as the first horse to win United Kingdom’s Triple Crown. West Australian’s died in 1870, but his reputation lives to this day, as he is considered by many modern experts as one of the best British horses of the 19th century.
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