Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Horses

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Who could say what the settlement of the Old West, indeed everything about life in the Old West, would have been like without the horse?

(Early Indian-Native American cultures in the West before the arrival of horses give us glimpses of scattered, nomadic tribal groups moving across the Plains. Life was much different before the arrival of horses!) From beasts of burden to savvy “best friends” to cowboys and pioneers, horses shaped the West in reality and in legend. Clicking on links listed below to articles about “Horses” will take you to some tales and tall tales about these wonderful animals and the impact they have had — and STILL have — on shaping the American West.