Name of breed: Colorado Ranger
Country of origin: United States of America
Breed origin: The Colorado Ranger is a breed that comes from the Colorado High Plains in the US and descends from two stallions imported from the Turkey in the late 1800s. The first horse was a gray Barb named Linden Tree, and the second was a desert bred Arabian named Leopard. These stallions were then bred to ranch horses in Nebraska and Colorado, and in the early 1900s the two stallions who every registered Colorado Ranger traces to – Patches and Max – were foaled.
Distinguishing features: Although they can be any colour except pinto, Colorado Rangers are most often Appaloosas. They stand between 14.2 to 16hh with muscular necks and deep chests. The shoulders and croup are sloping, connected by a short back. They are known for their athleticism, good disposition and abilities as stock horses.
Modern day Colorado Ranger: Still used for their original purpose as ranch horses, Colorado Rangers are also shown, both in Western and English disciplines, and used for trail and pleasure riding.
Image credit: Cheval Caille Ranch