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The Most Famous Horse in the West
Did a horse named Comanche really survive the Battle of the Little Bighorn? What made this animal so legendary? Has Comanche been preserved for future generations?
Comanche wasn't an average cavalry-issue horse. Captain Myles Keogh's personal beast, he was a well-trained, splendid mount that stood out in a herd. Comanche was a bay, born sometime during the Civil War, probably around 1862. He was a little over fifteen hands high and weighed well over 900 pounds. Over the years he had collected an impressive number of battle scars from his adventures in the Indian wars, where he earned his name. Comanche was Injured by an arrow during a skirmish with the Indians in the Cimarron country near Bluff Creek (southeast of Dodge City, Kansas). He let out a bellow uncharacteristic for a hooved creature. His cry of pain sounded a lot like the scream of a charging Comanche warrior. Comanche was known for his stamina and courage, as well as his ability to get by on cheat grass or willow bark just like an Indian pony. He was readily identifiable and known to most of the men in the Seventh Cavalry.