Meet Ricochet’s Doll
Ricochet’s Doll is small, and intelligent. She has a shy demeanor and is very attentive to the activity around her and will keep herself on the periphery. She is especially close with her offspring who all have very sweet temperaments. She can often be found grazing side-by-side or mutual grooming with her daughter Mariah.
The Choctaw horses are Spanish horses that remain from the early colonial efforts of the Spaniards in North America. These horses are important as a genetic resource because they have become rare, and are one of the oldest strains of horses in North America. These horses have been pivotal in the conservation of Colonial Spanish horses in North America.
Arriving to North America in the 1500’s with Hernando DeSoto, the Choctaw Indian Pony was an integral part of Choctaw tribal culture, spirituality, and heritage by the 1800’s. This tough, small horse lived through struggles and tragedies with the tribe, including the forced relocation of the Choctaw and Cherokee peoples known as the “Trail of Tears”. The sturdy Choctaw pony carried the ill and elderly on their backs along the Trail of Tears. For years the tribal people would hide these treasured ponies in the hills to prevent their extermination.
Today, their pure descendants are part of a conservation program founded by the late Gilbert Jones on Black Jack Mountain, Oklahoma in an effort to preserve their unique color genetics, temperament and heritage. Since the 1950’s, Gilbert Jones pioneered a conservation program for Spanish mustangs including the ‘Hidalgo horses” and the Choctaw horses. In 2008, the timber company ceased all livestock and horse grazing leases on Blackjack Mountain and all the horses were removed. Bryant Rickman continues Gilbert Jones’s legacy in Oklahoma.