Nokota® - an unusual word, especially when setting it aside as a breed of horse. Nokota® horses, though not well known about, have been around for centuries, settled in the upper Midwest near Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, N.D. They are know as “wild” breed of horse; however, over of the last couple of decades, people have began to see how these wild horses can make the best companions. Characteristics of the breed include a large diversity. Their height ranges from less than 14 hands to larger than 17 hands. They have distinguishable traits that often compare them to the Spanish Mustangs from which they originated from; these traits include an angular body frame and prominent withers. The primary color of pure-blood Nokotas® is roan, but blue roan is specifically very dominant. “We believe the main color of roan is because of the Native American civilization and their thoughts of it representing the color of the thunderstorm,” says Rory Schneider an advocate for the Nokotas®.
UC-Berkeley student, Lucie Schwartz, filmed this mini-documentary in March 2008. A wonderfully new perspective on the work the Kuntz' have been doing to protect the Nokota® horses for the past 30 years.