What is a "cayuse"?
The Cayuse is a small, hardy breed of horse developed by the Nez Perce tribe of the Pacific Northwest. They were originally bred for their stamina, agility, and surefootedness in the rugged terrain of the region. Cayuses typically stand between 13 and 15 hands high and have a muscular build with a broad chest and strong legs. They have a wide range of colors and patterns, including solid colors, pintos, and appaloosas. Cayuses are known for their intelligence, versatility, and willingness to work. They are often used for trail riding, ranch work, and other outdoor activities. The breed gained notoriety during the Nez Perce War in the late 1800s, when the tribe used their fast and agile horses to outrun pursuing cavalry. Today, the Cayuse remains an important part of the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, and is a popular choice for riders who value toughness, agility, and versatility in their horses.