They gallop and trot, whinny and neigh, capturing our imagination — and our hearts. Indeed, horses are said to have done more to change human history than any other domestic animal. The most important possession of any cowboy was his horse and saddle. Horses were so important that horse stealing was considered a hanging offense! The Indians lent another important chapter to the history of horses in the West. Horses and Indians seemed to possess a certain affinity for each other.  Instead of dominating them with spurs and whips, the Indian reversed the theory and tried something totally new – training the horse with kindness. Beyond dispute, this magnificent and beloved creature is the single, most important element of the enduring spirit of the American West.

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