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In the year 1521, Juan Ponce De Leon brought a small herd of Andalusion cattle and horses with him on his second expedition to the New World. These were the first cattle and horses to ever set foot on what is now the continental United States. These horses were the product of selective breeding, and many were of Andalusian lineage. The horses played a tremendous role in Florida History.During the War Between the States, The Spanish horses were highly prized for transportation. These sturdy horses could travel in Florida's rough conditions where other horses failed. The Florida Cracker Horse is also known as the Chickasaw Pony, Seminole Pony, Prairie Pony, Florida Horse, Florida Cow Pony. The modern breed retains the size of its Spanish ancestors, standing 13.2 to 15 hands high and weighing 750 to 1,000 pounds . They are found mainly in bay, black and gray, although grullo, dun and chestnut.
Paines Prairie, Florida