“I am very fond of the little groves of oak trees. I love to look at them, because they endure the winter storms and the summer heat, and – not unlike ourselves – seem to flourish by them.” – Tatanka Iyotake (Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake – 1831-1890 – Also known as Sitting Bull)
This translated quot by the famous Lakota leader does not only apply to his people, but also to his horses that, after his surrender in 1881, endured for centuries in the Little Missouri Badlands in North Dakota in extreme inland climate thru harsh winters and hot dry summers. The descendants of these horses became the foundation of the Nokota horses of today.
Our Nokota horses are full members of our family and we all enjoy every minute we spend together, as we seem to flourish together.
The Nokota horses are special horses, yet they are not. Nokota horses live by the same instincts and share the same feelings and ways of communication as all other horses, but since they lived their lives running free on open range for many generations, their senses are sharper and undamaged from human interference.
Some say; “the only safe horse is a well broke horse”; “You must make sure the horse knows who’s the leader”; “don’t cuddle or spoil your horse, it may turn against you”; Teach the horse to know its place, make sure it does exactly what you tell it to do”;…
In most cases it probably works, if the goal is to turn the horse into a mere transportation, working tool or sports device. Can’t help to wonder though; do they treat their children the same way?
It has been said by others before; Some just can’t handle Nokota horses, it’s not that they lack experience with horses or traditional knowledge in horsemanship, it’s the way they treat others, whether horse or human.
Treated as what they really are; your family member and best friend, everything is possible if you give it some patience. No need for force, they will invite you for a ride when they are ready.
Nokota horses don’t react well to force, they never break they only bend a little, like the oak trees and when the wind ceases, they rise again more stubborn than ever.