History: Light Horses in Saskatchewan

Reprinted from the March 1947 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Light Horses in Saskatchewan
Z.M. Hamilton, Regina, Sask.

‘In the early days of settlement on what is now the prairie region of Saskatchewan, most of the settlers were a riding folk. Everyone of consequence had a horse and saddle of sorts and, at first most of the horses were bronchos, as wild as deer, in from Montana and broken in the sketchiest manner by their attendant cowboys. There were also some useful animals of exceedingly mixed ancestry, that had been evolved as “buffalo runners” during the buffalo days, and of course there were the “shaganappis” of the Indians, tough little mongrels that seemed able to stand almost every hardship and abuse.’

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