Welcome to Western Horse, a place where history is right in front of your eyes. Below are some interesting facts you may not know about cowboy’s and their history.
The Old West was influenced by the Europeans much more than you may think. It all began in the 16th century when Spanish explorers set out to explore the barren land north of the-then colonized Mexico. This exploration lasted over two years in which the Spanish traveled covered much of Southwest America. In the mid 16th century, the British decided to explore the Pacific Coast, now California. Throughout much of the 17th and 18th century, Europeans explored and conquered much of now-America, and in the process, initiated many battles for land amongst each-other, much to the contrary of many beliefs that the Wild West was an all-American phenomenon.
Many breeds or horse were common in 1880’s America. Some include; Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Arabian and Missouri Fox Trotter. The Quarter Horse was a tough breed and was the main one used in battle. It has heavy muscle padding and intelligent. Ultimately, this breed won the Wild West. Appaloosa horses were mainly used by the American-Indians of the Northwest region. These horses were very practical in every-day life, being mobile, tough with a good sense of direction and infinite stamina. The Arabian Horse came about in the late 1870’s and early 1880’s. it is one of the most prized breeds in the world as it is closely related to the royal family of Arabia. Only a few Arabian horses saw the civil war, most were used by wealthy Americans for leisure purposes. Developed in the early 1800’s was the Missouri Fox Trotter, mainly used for ploughing, moving heavy logs and rounding up cattle in rough terrain. They quickly became popular with the sheriff department and doctors.
It is not directly known which cowboys were European or American. What we do know, however, is the fact that upon their arrival in the early 15th century, the Spanish built cattle ranches and began to raise livestock and other animals. Horses were transported to America for use on the farm, and so the first cowboys were the Spanish. In Mexico, cowboys went by the name ‘vaqueros’, deriving from the word ‘cow’ in Spanish. Throughout the following century, the art of ‘cowboying’ moved to Texas, Arizona and as far as Argentina. It is only when many English speaking immigrants settled in America an adopted the ways of the vaqueros when the present-day American can be seen as a cowboy.
Euro Disney in Paris has a whole resort dedicated to the American West. Guests will come across Frontier-land Phantoms, home to many Wild West aspects including; Thunder Mountain, a shooting gallery, Disneyland railroad, just like the old days. You can also find a vintage Victorian style museum in Phantom Manor, equipped with ghost-like features. There is plenty to see and do at Euro Disney in Paris, which makes it fun and easy to learn about good-old American history… you never know, the kids might learn something too!