Top 10 War Horses from History
From day one since the human beings were discovered on this planet there has been their need of having a good partner around rising. This partner doesn’t always have to be another human of another gender and thanks to evolution it gave us horses, a bunch of amazing animals that stand by our side whenever we need them and ones that are perhaps the richer in such case from history. There are like millions of horses and their multiple species around but a few made it on top of the rest making sure they have their name carved in the history of war and those horses are exactly what we’re going to cover in our list of top 10 war horses from history.
We are going to start the list with a horse that is going to live in everyone’s memory and in their hearts. This is Chetak, who was Rajput King of India Maharana Pratap’s most beloved horse, one that he used in countless battles and he loved so much that he is carved alongside in a monument. Chetak has mentioned in tons of legends and the poems and most of the people refer to it as the blue horse. Died on the battlefield, lived forever.
All of the Americans know about this horse and the reasons are simple, first is the unique name that actually put him in noticeable eyes and the other is the person it belonged to. Traveler was very close to General Robert E Lee who was one of the main personalities of American civil war. Traveler was known throughout the east coast because of his brave nature and pace in feet. The only bad thing was the way it left the world, falling prey to tetanus in the time when no treatment for it was in sight.
Traveler On Wikipedia
I could not find anything regarding the spelling of Traveler some spell it as Traveller and others as Traveler. So I am not sure what the correct spelling should be.
So how many of the horses have their horseshoes preserved and kept at a museum for the world to see? We guess not many. Palomo is one of those horses. Simon Bolivar, the liberator of Latin America was more than just obsessed with this horse. There can be tons of reasons for it, one of the reasons is that this horse was very beautiful and it is said to be a gift from a woman close to the man. Palomo was a part of multiple war campaigns that were very successful and productive.
One of the key and star players of World War I was Kasztanka that literally means the chestnut in Polish. Marshal Jozef Pilsudski who happened to be the war hero for the same nation was on its back throughout the war. Her final ride was on the Polish Independence day on Saxon square, Warsaw on November 11, 1927. She died on November 27th, just 12 days after. Explained as one of the most attractable things of the World War this horse served the war and the war hero both equally and went through with great bravery and valor.
Let’s talk about a horse that has earned lots and lots of respect all over the books of history as one of the finest and most active horses of war. Marengo was owned by the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the name came from the battle that was fought between France and Austria. Marengo has been preserved even to date in Chelsea because he was with the Emperor in the final battle where after defeat of the French it was kept by Englishmen until his natural death. The skeleton can be visited in the museum in Chelsea.
We have all learned about the amazing story of a man who established one of the biggest empires this world has seen even in the history and even in the present. Bucephalus was the extravagant that belonged to Alexander the Great. This horse was gifted to Alexander at the young age of 13 and for so many years and so many battles to come he stuck to the owner and died in a battle that was against the Indian king Porus in 326 BC. Bucephalus a town on the banks of the river Jhelum now in modern day Pakistan was built by Alexander in memory of his beloved friend.
As the name suggests this horse might be named after the famous city? Yes, it was! Thanks to the battle that was won by the British. Lord Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington was the one who used to ride this horse that was known and is written and told in every story as one of the fittest horses that were known the British people. The horse was retired to the Duke’s stables after Waterloo and died on 12th February 1836.
Comanche is another example of how a horse can get loyal to you through all thick and thin and that is what makes him a good partner to have. Comanche was ridden by Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry and it was named after an Indian tribe. The horse is known for carrying his owner out of the battle despite being heavily wounded. Comanche died in 1891 and was given a military burial; he was one of the only two horses to receive one.
Being the offspring of one of the fastest horses of America, Cincinnati was one of those horses that picked and walked around with the future president of the United State of America. Cincinnati was gifted to Grant who rode him in a number of battles. As a favorite of the general, he gained an ardent admirer in Abraham Lincoln who also rode him every day. The horse was said to be the President’s Horse as well in multiple other scriptures and it truly enjoyed the reputation at that time and still does.
Everyone has heard about Reckless, Sergeant Reckless. One of the famous and most talked about war horses of its time. A Mongolian bad guy that was not afraid of the war no matter which front it was on. She was extremely intelligent and was known for making solo trips where during the battle for Outpost Vegas in 1953, she carried out 51 solo trips in one single day.
Ok, so there might be some truth to the saying we are "horse crazy". I personally think that owning a horse is one of the best things I could possibly ever do, but if you think about it there are so many reasons why a lot of people think we are crazy people for doing so.
Man O' War, simply put, the greatest Thoroughbred racehorse of all time. He won 20 of his 21 races and $249,465 in purses.