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Feisty young Nokota horse jumping around enjoying himself. Nokota's are wild mustangs from the North Dakota prairie. Once Sitting Bulls braves bred and trained them for hunting and for war. The Nokotas were well trained as were all Native American horses as they were essential for hunting, moving the family and in times of war. The Nokota is a very strong horse with great stamina that could easily travel over rough terrain because of the shape and size of their hooves, they often went where no other horse could go without risking injury to horse and rider. During the hunt the Sioux Indians depended on this horse to keep up with the Buffalo and keep a safe distance all without the rider holding the reins. The Indians saddle is a very small leather saddle with thin leather stirrups. While hunting they would drop the reins and balance on the running horse using the saddle, stirrups and their legs all while drawing a bow and aiming an arrow.
December 5th, 2013
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