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It is said the Indian War Horse was highly regarded by its American Indian owner.  To honor and protect his war horse, he would paint tribal symbols upon the horse's body.  The symbols and meanings varied from tribe to tribe, but there were some common symbols widely used on the Indian War Horse.

 

Each power symbol had its own specific meaning, depending on how dangerous the job was that the horse would be asked to do.  Some common colors used and their meanings were:

Red: war, blood, strength, energy and power (battle scars always painted in red)

Black:  victory, and may be applied to the horse before returning home to camp

White:  mourning, but also might mean peace

Blue:  wisdom and confidence

Yellow:  the color of death which indicated that the wearer and horse were brave and were willing to fight to the death

Green:  endurance, and is seen as a great healing power believed to improve vision

Purple:  power, mystery and magic

 

Some symbols and their possible meanings:

Circle:  Painted around the horse's eyes and nostrils for alert vision and a keen sense of smell

Arrow:  Points in a line which brought victory

Thunder Stripes:  Painted on the front legs to please the Indian's god of war

Arrowheads:  Painted on all four hooves made the horse swift and nimble-footed

Fire Arrows:  Would cause trouble for the enemy which, in turn, would add strength to the warrior

Right/Left Hand Prints on Horse's Chest:  Shows he has knocked down an enemy

Hail Stones:  Prayer for hail to fall on the warrior's enemy

Two Crossing Bars:  The horse and rider had escaped ambush

Hoof Prints:  Stood for the number of horses captured in raids

Red Battle Scars:  Always painted red and were one of the highest honors

Red Pat Hand Print:  Drawn on the horse's right hip was always reserved exclusively for the horse who had brought his master back home from a dangerous mission unharmed

Upside-Down Hand Print:  Reserved for the men who went on a do-or-die mission.  It was the most prized symbol a warrior could place on his horse

Red Hand Print on Right Shoulder of Horse:  From the Apache and Commanche tribes, legends tell of a furious battle in which a warrior was fatally wounded.  Before his death, he patted his horse on the right shoulder leaving a bloody hand print on his horse for all his people to see his "message of death" when the horse returned to camp.

 

 

   

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