Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Wild Horses once roamed all throughout the Plains as the rumble of the mustangs echoed thought the valleys. They can reach speeds up to 25 or 30 miles per hour. The horse nation was a very close relative to the Lakota. The moment they entered the Great Plains they were destined to help and connect with us. Horses not only helped with navigation and moving supplies they joined along on great hunts and wars. They carry us, heal, became our best friends and a loyal relative. Only small pockets of these wild and free horses remain.
The horse dates back millions of years in connection to North America, where it evolved into the essential and important relative that would return from Spain to sweep the Nation. The wild horses of the Great Plains unfortunately suffered from habitat loss and destruction along with the Tribes and the Bison. With Americas fascination of horses present day, a lot of the history and the culture of this important relative lives on in story and on the lands.
Color: Brown, Gray, White, Tan, Painted and Black
Height: 5 feet
Weight: 800 pounds
Lifespan: 15 years in wild
Speed: 30 MPH