Famous Military & War Horses in History
Famous War Horses
Before tanks and jeeps, men rode horses into battle. Some have become legends like Bucephalus and his master, Alexander the Great.
These famous war horses came in all different types of breeds. Some were Arabians, some were wild Mustangs and some were thoroughbreds.
From Medieval knights to Samurai swordsmen, men have been using horses for shock, using devastating quick strikes and flanking methods to demoralize the enemy.
Native Americans used them, learning from the white man. They've been used in cavalry, the most famous was the Civil War. There were many civil war horses that died for our country. In some parts of the world, they're still used today.
This is a list of the most famous war horse breeds and popular war horses throughout history.
War Horse: A History of the Military Horse and Rider
He was a giant black stallion that would accept no man for his master. He was brought before a king who took one look at him and told his men to kill him. A voice from the watching crowd echoed out “No.” Thus began a friendship that would span the world.
Babieca means “Stupid.” This was what Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar heard his godfather exclaim when the boy picked a sickly white foal from a herd of fine horses. Yet the white horse and his master became legends echoed down through time.
Grant was an avid horseman that loved horses and knew how to handle them well. Often he'd pick the largest and wildest mount to ride, when other men trembled, never daring to face such a beast.
This fame lead him to be granted a present by a man who would never ride again.
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He was a Morgan/Mustang mix that lived the Little Big Horn. How did he live through this battle isn't known. For the generation who lived at the time, this horse attained the fame that Elvis would in later generations.
He was a favored horse of a Roman Emperor, Caligula. In Latin his name meant “swift” or “at full gallop.” His stories would often be spread by his master's own humorous quips that acted like a stick taken to a hornet's nest with his political enemies.
Little Sorrel was an even-tempered horse that was small for the standard war horse. This small equine was quick thinking and intelligent. He knew whom he could trust and who not to. He learned how to overcome his fear of the loud noises that the guns made with the help of his master, Col. Thomas J. Jackson.
Napoleon preferred the small Arabian to the tall and high spirited thoroughbred. Thoroughbreds represented the upper elite's horses. Arabians were small, gentle and spirited, He preferred all the horses he rode to be whitish gray and gentle. He rode them wherever he went.
George Washington had a deep love for all animals as God's creatures. Once he found a lost dog that belong to a redcoat officer and returned him. He rode Nelson, a white horse, throughout his battle campaigns.
Jeff Davis was Traveller's 1st name. He was raised by Andrew Johnson. He was an iron gray Saddle bred. He belong to Robert E. Lee.
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