If you have found this page you probably have a good hunch about what a nokota horse is, if not I recommend you to visit The Nokota® Horse Conservancy and read all about the Nokota horse history and the work to save and promote the breed.
The Kuntz Nokota horse ranch is where it all started.
You must also visit the blog of The Zeigler Family and their nokota horses in North Dakota and in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

The traditional nokota horses in our family are:

Bluebell Star, the lead mare in our small band. She was born 2008 at Leo Kuntz ranch in Linton, North Dakota. She is a dark blue roan by Sharpie and out of Black Spotted Socks. She is so fine and gentle but also alert and full of energy. She keeps the other horses in good shape by daily bucking and racing competitions around the field, just for fun. She is very straight forward and easy to communicate with, and she is very curious about new things.


Windflower Dancer, our dark red roan, was born 2010 also at Leo Kuntz ranch, by Blue Wolf and out of Keen Dancer. Her winter coat is thick and soft, sparkling with dark red mixed with white underneath and some bluegrey. Her face is sweet with a white stripe and big brown eyes. She is a tough girl full of confidence, but she gives Bluebell full support. She is also very easy to be around and she likes attention and cuddling, which she gets by pretending to be shy. Alexandra has come a long way with her in all aspects of horsemanship.


Wild Prairie Rose was born 2011 and also by Sharpie, but out of the famous Lucky Dust, an extremely wild nokota that was saved from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in 2003 along with her father Wanblee, a beautiful blue overo. Both were probably the last true nokotas that was saved from the park. Wanblee´s father was the little black traditional nokota called Midnight that escaped the 1986 roundup by charging against the helicopter. No wonder our little Wild Prairie Rose is so confident and brave despite her young age. During the quarantine time Seth even talked her into a small tent during a windstorm. Wild Prairie Rose is a light blue roan with some silver in her tail and mane, mixed with a few red hairs. We wish to thank Frank a lot for the opportunity to provide for her future here in Sweden.

In this blog you will also find a more detailed tale about how we got involved in this breed of horses starting with the post: Why Nokota horses

You will also find out about the history of the horse starting with this post: Nokota horse history

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  1. Thank you for visiting my blog “Eyes to Heart” and liking my post “Three Irish Amigos …” The Nokota horses sound very special and I commend you on your work with them. … Be well … Dorothy 🙂


  2. What a delightful and fascinating blog – thank you so much for visiting mine, and leading me to yours! I have a lifelong passion for horses, but sadly can’t afford to have one of my own; I shall be content to enjoy yours at long distance, though! I’m especially interested in your horses and their story because when I was younger (MANY years ago now!) I made three trips to ranches in British Columbia and gained an everlasting respect for the ranch horses, and people, of the West. Part of me would still love to be a cowboy! Congratulations on a fine blog, and the fantastic work you’re doing with these beautiful horses.


  3. Love your blog! Thank you for signing up to follow me! I hope that I will entertain you with articles on food, life here in the Sierra Foothills of California and with my photography! Take care and thank you again!


  4. Seth, these mare’s are beautiful! Especially Wild Prairie Rose! (I’m a sucker for a Blue Roan 🙂 ) I saw that picture of you coaxing her into the tent. I’m looking forward to another trip out to see Dale, Holly & the Nokota’s when I get time off work. Still hoping to make it to North Dakota this summer sometime. (23 hrs from my house to Kuntz ranch) I can’t wait to see them as close to their natural setting as possible until the conservancy can buy them the land they desperately deserve to run free.


  5. I meant to get back to you and thank you for visiting my blog, but not before I had a chance to dive deeply into yours. And that took a while. So at least my tardy reply has a valid reason! Will be eager to follow your progress with the Nokotas.


  6. I am a Native American photographer from the U.S. and feel so grateful to have discovered your blog and to read about the great work you are doing to save and promote the Nokota’s. My heartfelt thanks for all you do and for helping to educate others.


  7. Wow. Jag vet inte riktigt vad jag ska skriva.. Men jag såg att du kunde svenska iallafall så tar det på svenska istället för engelska, bor du i Sverige? 🙂
    Vilken superfin blogg! Och vilket fantastiskt liv du måste leva! Nokota hästar har jag ingen erfarenhet av alls, men de verkar vara fantastiska djur, riktigt vackra är de också! Det kan nog vara en av mina drömhästar nu tror jag. WOW! måste jag bara säga, en gång till 😉
    Hur gammal är du förresten, om man får fråga? 🙂


    • Hej, tack! Jo Nokotahästar är en väldigt unik ras som vi tycker väldigt mycket om såklart. Ja, Vi bor i Sverige. Jag som syns på många av bilderna heter Alexandra och blir 15 i år, annars är det lite av en familjeblogg och mina föräldrar skriver för det mesta. 🙂


  8. thanks for liking my recent post. There are a lot of farms near my home where horses are bred. Your blog inspires me to get out and take more pictures of the horses in my area.


  9. Thanks for visiting my blog – now I know a little about Nokotas. I hadn’t heard of them, but after reading a little they remind me of the curly horses in Nevada. You are doing wonderful work!


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  11. Howdy,
    I enjoyed looking at your site. We have some things in common. I live on a ranch and took Swedish in college, but please don’t test me as jag kan inte tala Svenska mychet bra. We are in northern Colorado. Last summer we visited the Pine Ridge Reservation and Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota. It is interesting to me that Swedes are preserving Lakota Sioux horses. Thanks for your good work with the horses and for educating us.


  12. I am here to discover the Nokotas. I have lived all of my seventy years with no knowledge of them. If Rick Braveheart thanks you, your work is important. I am excited to discover these majestic animals from our past. I thank you too.


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  14. Thanks for visiting and following my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom” and introducing yourself to me. I shall enjoy checking out your blog over time. Your horses are beautiful. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂


  15. Vilken tur för mig att ni gillade ngt jag skrivit på min blogg 🙂 Hade ingen aning om att det fanns dessa hästar, men nu gör jag och kommer att läsa med stort intresse och nyfikenhet!


  16. Wonderful blog. They look very much like my Cooper that I’m trying to do dressage with 🙂 He’s very dark blue roan now, but come spring he lightens up just like them 🙂 Ha det så bra!


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