Nokota Horse

Nokota Horse photo
Nokota mares
Photograph by FranÁois Marchal. Some rights reserved.


The Nokota is a semi feral breed of American origin. Nokota horses have a square frame and strong, muscular bodies. Their head is elegant with straight profile and a fine muzzle, their eyes expressive and their ears medium sized. They have long, arched necks and straight backs. Their legs are long and strong while their hindquarters are rounded and muscular. They have low set tails and strong hooves.

14 to 15 hands

The most common color is blue roan. Other colors include black, dun, grey and chestnut, although Nokotas may be found in any solid color. Some Nokotas are born black or dun, but change to grey as they grow older.

Nokota horses are strong, athletic and enduring animals. They are brave, loyal and hard working horses that will willingly perform any task that is assigned to them. They are intelligent and good problem solvers. They are kind, gentle horses that form strong bonds with their owners, provided that they treat them with respect.

Suitable for
They have an athletic disposition and are popular in many sports. Some activities they are usually used in include dressage, eventing, trail riding, gaming and hunting.

These horses are descendants of wild horses, so they are generally hardy and healthy. They are able to withstand harsh conditions and they are generally easy keepers. Their wild nature makes them better suited for outdoors life where they can thrive and fulfill their social needs. They would do best if they were kept in a ranch, park or other large space where they can graze freely and exercise.

The Nokota is a native American horse breed. Its name comes from the Nokota Indian tribe of North and South Dakota. The breed was developed from wild horses that lived in the area, in the 19th century. In the early 20th century many of those wild horses were either slaughtered or sold. Some, were accidentally fenced in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These were the only feral horses that remained. After attempts to get rid of them, in 1970 it was decided that they should be preserved. In the 1980's a Nokota breed registry was formed.

Nokota horses tend to mature slower than many other horse breeds. Their average lifespan is 25-30 years.