The generational bonds within the Choctaw horses are strong and deep. The multigenerational education and nurturing is very visible and active between the horses throughout the herd. 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 infirm on their backs along the Trail of Tears. For decades the tribal people would hide these treasured ponies in the hills to prevent their extermination.
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.
Talako was born into a very tight-nit band of horses. His grandmother, Ricochet’s Doll, is an intelligent grey elder mare who is fiercely protective of her offspring. Since his birth in September, Talako has learned the daily routine of his grandmother & mother and usually spends his days side-by-side grazing or getting a nice groom from his mother.