There is a legend about a Choctaw horse, called Wind Horse. This horse was fast as the wind and had a great power to cure all kind of wounds and illness. One day he heard someone crying out for help.
He runs immediately and saved a boy from a bear trap. The boy`s leg was so bad that even Wind Horse couldn`t help him. They bonded, went to the Indian Hunting Ground and never came back. That was their last ride and then Indian people felt unhappy and a great loss. Wind horse prayed for them and horse was given to the Indian people as friends.
The country of origin of the Choctaw horses is the state of Mississippi in the USA. They are descended from the Spanish Colonial horses during the 16th century. At that time many explorers came to the Americas and brought their horses. The Choctaw horse was originally bred by the Choctaw tribe from the Southeastern United States and that`s how they derived their name. Since the 18th century, they were a part of their daily lives, prizing them highly that at the end they were buried with their owners.
These horses were used as money to exchange goods barter and represented wealth, beauty, respect and prestige. The breed was selectively bred following their culture, spiritual lives, and tradition, but during the 19th century native people from the Choctaw tribe has moved from the fertile area of Mississippi to Oklahoma. In this journey, they took their animals with them, but it was never the same.
This trip disrupted their deep breeding tradition. Since then and during the 20th century the population number of the breed has dramatically decreased and the breed went almost in extinction. Today the breed is very rare with less than 200 purebred Choctaw horses alive and they need a serious help by breeders to maintain a breeding program for saving, protecting and promoting the Choctaw horse.
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