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Catching the Wild Horse | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Catching the Wild Horse

Catching the Wild Horse | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Indians on foot and horseback capturing wild horses (Plate 4).<p>"Taking the wild horse and breaking him down is one of the proudest feats of the Indian and requires the sudden rallying and desperate use of all his manly faculties and even with the complete exhaustion of all these he is often compelled to relinquish his pursuit in despair. The most frequent mode of catching the horse is by throwing the lasso from the back of a horse at full speed as is seen in the distant part of this picture and by choking the animal down as is seen in the group in the foreground. For this desperate feat, the Indian prepares his lasso, which is a braided thong made of raw hide fifteen or twenty yards in length and coiled upon his left arm, with a noose at the end of it which when he throws out its coil drops over the horse's neck. This done, by holding back upon the other end of the lasso, or by having it fastened to the girth of his own horse, he gradually tightens it upon his running victim's neck until its speed is materially checked by the stoppage of its breath. He then dismounts and leaves his riding horse balancing on his feet as he is dragged along by this strangling prize, until it falls from exhaustion."</p>
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Indians on foot and horseback capturing wild horses (Plate 4).

"Taking the wild horse and breaking him down is one of the proudest feats of the Indian and requires the sudden rallying and desperate use of all his manly faculties and even with the complete exhaustion of all these he is often compelled to relinquish his pursuit in despair. The most frequent mode of catching the horse is by throwing the lasso from the back of a horse at full speed as is seen in the distant part of this picture and by choking the animal down as is seen in the group in the foreground. For this desperate feat, the Indian prepares his lasso, which is a braided thong made of raw hide fifteen or twenty yards in length and coiled upon his left arm, with a noose at the end of it which when he throws out its coil drops over the horse's neck. This done, by holding back upon the other end of the lasso, or by having it fastened to the girth of his own horse, he gradually tightens it upon his running victim's neck until its speed is materially checked by the stoppage of its breath. He then dismounts and leaves his riding horse balancing on his feet as he is dragged along by this strangling prize, until it falls from exhaustion."

RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23622
Creation Date: 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:E77 C399 1844
Original Dimensions:22 x 16 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Image source: Catlin, George. Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio. Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America. From Drawings and Notes of the Author, Made during Eight Years' Travel amongst Forty-Eight of the Wildest and Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America. (London: Geo. Catlin, 1844). This image is also viewable in the American Journeys online edition of "Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio."
SUBJECTS
Clothing and dress
Indians of North America
Landscape
Men
Horses
Painting

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