Colorado Ranger Horse

Colorado Ranger Horse

     Many Colorado Ranger Horses exhibit the same characteristics as the Appaloosa, (spotted coat, mottled skin, white sclera), but they also have solid colors.
   The breed traces its origin back to 1878.  During a World Tour, General U. S. Grant became friends with Sultan Hamid of Turkey, who gave him two horses:  a desert Arabian named Leopard and a Barb named Linden Tree.
    The two horses were taken to Virginia, where Randolph Huntington used them as foundation sires in a new breed of light-harness horse, however, with the advent of the horseless carriage the breeding project was discontinued. In their senior years, Leopard and Linden went west where they spent a season in Nebraska and sired foals, some spotted or colored, from the native mares of the Colby Ranch. These horses drew the attention of Western breeders for their overall quality and attractive colors. A.C. Whipple, of Kit Carson County in Colorado, obtained a band of broodmares from the Colby Ranch, all sired by either Linden Tree or Leopard. In addition, a black-eared white stallion named Tony, who was double bred to Leopard, was used as the herd stallion. In the early 20th Century, Mike Ruby, of the Lazy J Bar Ranch, bought one of Tony's sons, a stallion named Patches and Max, son of Waldron Leopard. He used these stallions as the foundation sires of the new breed, in which unusual coloring was seen more and more frequently. Today it is known as the Colorado Ranger Horse.
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