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Texas Horses: The Spirit of the Lone Star State

Updated: May 20, 2023

Texas is a state with a rich history and culture, and horses have played a major role in both. From the early days of the Spanish explorers to the present-day rodeo circuit, horses have been a part of the fabric of Texas life.

The American Quarter Horse is the official state horse of Texas, and it is no wonder. Quarter Horses are known for their strength, speed, and agility, making them ideal for a variety of activities, including ranch work, rodeo, and trail riding.

In addition to the American Quarter Horse, there are many other breeds of horses that are popular in Texas. Some of the most common include Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Appaloosas, and Paints.

No matter what breed they are, horses are an important part of the Texas way of life. They provide companionship, transportation, and a sense of freedom. If you are ever in Texas, be sure to take some time to visit a ranch or stable and meet some of the state's horses. You won't be disappointed.

Here are some additional facts about Texas horses:

  • Texas is home to an estimated 1.2 million horses.

  • The American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed of horse in Texas.

  • Texas is home to some of the best horse shows and rodeos in the country.

  • Horses are an important part of the Texas economy, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year.


All the above is true. Horses are and were an important part of my Texas way of life. My daddy bought a big paint horse for me from the Mesquite auction when I was six years old. Somehow, it got turned upside down on the floor of the open air one horse trailer on the trip home to our farm. I remember he pulled over on the side of the road and righted my horse as my sister and I watched from the grassy ditch. I named that horse Chief, and he was a calm and perfect horse for a six year old. There is an old reel to reel video of me climbing up the leg and into the saddle at my young age. We were a pair until my older brother started shooting Chief in the rear with his BB Gun. Chief didn't cotton to that mistreatment and started charging us when we walked into the pasture. Daddy had to sell him. It's been 65 years and I haven't forgiven my brother yet.

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