Horses drinking in Lake Managua 100 years ago

Horses drinking in Lake Managua 100 years ago

Please do not try this today! Postmarked 1906

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Yep, definitely do not try it today!

That's actually when Managua Lake was in a "better" condition in the 1900's, although there was supposed to start a project to clean this water and be able to drink it some time ago by the govnt., obviously it never happened,it'd be such a crime to try to do that with a poor horse nowdays. I so love horses!!! If someone of u guys have one and wanna give it away, give it to me for my bday!!!...welcome it is! :-D

Take care!


Do you have a place to keep it?

They aren't that expensive to buy, relatively speaking. You can find one for under US$100.

yes, 1/3 manzana near the park in Granada

It would be perfect for an equestrian center. My friend would keep the horses fed and clean, but I’m missing an English speaking “organizer/promoter/commercial director/husler”. About the small horse, I have a whole lot of respect for them. I remember riding during the wet season in RAAN near Mina Columbus. It was steep slopes & the mud was knee deep in parts (rocky below the mud); a lot of work just to pull a step out and back into the mud. I thought only mules did that work.. It diplayed remarkable steadiness, courage and resilience. really impressed me.

Those horses....

from 100 years ago could be standing by the lake in today's Nicaragua. What I mean is that in the U.S. a photograph of a horse 100 years ago will look significantly different from most horses today...selective breeding, I guess. I have a photo of my grandfather in Texas taken about 1920 with two of his horses which look umistakably mule-like (they are horses, though). Horses today, I'm thinking mainly of Quarter Horses, look completely different from their relatives a century ago. Don't let the cowboy movies fool ya. The owners of caballos de campo in Nicaragua don't seem to have paid much attention to breeding with the purpose of improving the quality of their stock. I recently tried unsuccessfully to buy a cute little paint mare to add to my string of mountain horses near SJdS. I learned that she had been bred to a tiny, butt-ugly stallion used to pull a cart. It boggled my mind! The owner wanted a foal and bred to a stallion simply because he had testicles. No other reason. Not a thought to the quality of the offspring! Anyway, that's a subject that interests me greatly. Thanks for the photo.

Interesting subject

I've read that tropical heat can result in reduced body size of many animals. Cattle and I suppose horses might naturally grow smaller in the tropics. Could the smaller size horses eat less, and therefore be less expensive to keep?

Tropics and Size

The Brahma cattle that you see in Nicaragua seem pretty good size although I think there is alot of imported blood that influences that quality. I believe that the size of the animal is more a genetic issue than one of adaptation to climate. Once you get away from the campesino type horse, you have plenty of large Raza Pura Espanola horses, Peruvian Paso, and Arabaians. This month I'm shipping a beautiful American Paint Horse stallion ( to Nicaragua whom I plan to breed to some better campesino-type mares (among others) to see what I get. Maybe I'll get that mountain horse hardiness with some better looks.

Size matters!

Most of the horses that exist here in Latin America were bred down in size on purpose. Smaller horse= less food. They are still sturdy though. 100% of the horse stock (back then) were imported from Spain. The cattle here are crossbred with beefcow/dairycow. Get a boy ya have meat........ get a girl ya have a milker. Economics. Grant it the milkers don't produce like a pure bred, but the dairy rancher can sell the males instead of destroying them like they do at most dairy farms in other parts of the world. All of the "upper end" cattle and horse stock are imported today. Big business.

Pura Nica, Bobby

With all due respect...

Bobby, these horses are small not because of any grand genetic scheme to save money on food. They are small because they are ill-bred...period. In fact, you will pay more for a larger horse in Nicaragua because they are valued more. Most of them look even worse than their genetics would indicate because they are undernourished and full of parasites in addition to having wretched breeding. My little Nicaraguan horses after a few months of good grass, supplemental grain and regular worming look much better but....within the limitations of their own genetics. Bobby, I'll take your advice any day on Granadian topics, but pls take mine when we're talking caballos.


My in-laws have some of the raza pura Hipico show horses.

Nice going back in time

And I especialy like the hat pushed back, one leg in front of the other pose....

Says a lot about how the subject felt at the time does it not?

Lyin' Farmer John Wayne