Subject: Re: precolumbian Amerindian horse? From: email@example.com (Yuri Kuchinsky) Date: 1997/09/20 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: sci.archaeology,rec.equestrian,alt.native Jess (email@example.com) wrote: : I heard it was Appaloosas also. I also heard that the "principal : reason" Native Americans rode these horses was because they : thought that multi-colored horses were lucky. In fact, I don't : even think one can say Native Americans in general, because I : thought it was a specific tribe that favored the Appaloosa : breed. I can't remember the name of the tribe right now... : would have to dig through my class notes. Hi, Jess, Yes, the Appaloosas are quite interesting. Apparently they are well attested in ancient Asia, and in China. But how did they get to America? Here are some quotes from an article available at http://www.appaloosa.com/ under "History." Ancient cave drawings dating as far back as 20,000 years ago in what is now France depict spotted horses, as do later detailed images in Asian and Chinese art. The Indians that were associated with them are the Nez Perce. They had these hroses, and were expert horse breeders way before the Europeans came to their areas. The Nez Perce and Palouse tribes of Washington, Oregon and Idaho became especially sophisticated horsemen and their mounts, which included many spotted individuals, were prized and envied by other tribes. Historians believe they were the first tribes to breed selectively for specific traits - such as intelligence, speed and endurance - keeping the best and trading or gelding those that were less desirable. Another article on that webpage says: The Nez Perce Indians acquired them about 1730. They bred this horse nearly pure, with few outcrosses. Lewis and Clark said in their journal that the Appaloosa was "equal to and surpassing anything we had seen in the pastures of Virginia". So the big questions are, Did the Spanish bring these horses to America at all? They generally preferred Barbs. And would there have been enough time for the Nez Perce to learn to preserve this pure breed in such a short time, even assuming the 1730 date is correct. Is it possible that they may have had this horse before? The interesting thing is that this horse is known at the earliest time mostly from the Pacific North-West, where other indications of contacts with China are known. Anyway, I also found another good site on the WWW with info about all sorts of horses: http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/ Best wishes, Yuri. Yuri Kuchinsky in Toronto -=O=- http://www.io.org/~yuku It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought -=O=- John K. Galbraith _________________________________________________________________Click here to go one level up in the directory.