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In Oklahoma, the horse industry is one of the largest industries in the state and is noted nationally as a state for horse activities. The total number of horses in this state, shows that Oklahoma is the fourth highest in the US but ranks first in the number of horses per capita. The diversity of horse activities in Oklahoma is shown by the high number of horse breeds/disciplines associations for owners of all breeds,including draft horses and mules and donkeys. While some breed/disciplines are not of the highest numerically, many can boast of national recognition as Oklahomas-breds.

The predominate breeds in Oklahoma are first the Quarter Horse (about 60 percent of the horse population), then stock horse color-breeds, followed by the Thoroughbred (around 7 percent), with all other breeds comprising the remaining 30 some percent.

After all, Oklahoma was one of the Southwest states in which the Quarter Horse was originally developed along with Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. AQHA champions from Oklahoma have long been numerous, and many ‘very’ famous. In Perry, OK a well-known rancher Bud Warren stood the stallions, Leo, Sugar Bars and Jet Deck. The 14 Ranch of Walter Merrick, at Sayre, Ok owned the very famous Easy Jet, the World Champion Quarter Running Horse in 1969. The AQHA World Championship Showis held in Oklahoma city each year.

Both Mules and Draft Horses have a long history in Oklahoma. Belgians were dominate in the 1930’s then Oklahoma A&M College Livestock Division was noted for their Percheron program and helped make that breed dominate in the 1940’s. And in the late 1900’s there was a Clydesdale breeding facility in Canadian Country. Mules of course were always popular, for riding long distances and packing. The Oklahoma Draft Horse and Mule Association and the Oklahoma Mule Owners Association assist owners and breeders of draft horses and/or mules with both shows and marketing of both.

From early times the American Saddlebred was also well-represented in Oklahoma, with the first shows being formed in the early 1800’s. Oklahoma Saddlebred history has to mention the World Champion Mass of Gold, the stallion Astral King, and two times World Grand Champion Five-Gaited horse Admiral King. By the 1930’s Saddlebreds were used for riding, light harness, hunting, jumping and dressage, around Tulsa, Oklahoma City and elsewhere

The second most numerous breed in Oklahoma, the Thoroughbred, has been used for polo, hunt/jump, dressage and racing. And one ‘must” mention, Oklahoma’s immortal Black Gold and his dam the mare U-See-It.. Race tracks in Oklahoma are as follows:

--Blue Ribbon Downs - Sallisaw, Oklahoma’s oldest racing facility and first pari- mutuel race track for
  Thoroughbred, Appaloosa, Quarter Horse and American Paint racing.
--Fair Meadows - Tulsa, race meets during the Tulsa State Fair and also the Tulsa County Fair.
--Remington Park - Oklahoma City, for both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing.
--Will Rogers Downs - Claremore, with Thoroughbred, Appaloosa, Quarter Horse and American Paint racing
  each year.

A leading state in stock horse breeding, there are also many Oklahoma training centers for race horses and for show horses that are nationally recognized. The activity in shows is high, and spectators as well as exhibitors come for all over the state and also from all over the nation. Just a few of these are the International Arabian Horse Fair, the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show, the World Appaloosa Show, the World Paint Horse Show, the National Reining Horse Association Championship, the Silver States Cutting Futurity, and many national rodeo championship events, to name just a few breed/discipline events of national level. Then there is the Oklahoma Horse Fair, held in two locations (Stephens Country air and the Expo Center in Duncan, with competitions/shows and clinics open to all breeds.

Oklahoma is also the home of Wild Horses. Prairie National Wild Horse Refuge was the second sanctuary to be formed in the US, and is composed of the 12,000 acre Hughes Ranch and the 6,000 acre Brent ranch near Bartlesville. This refuge cares for those wild horses who are too old or too wild to be adopted. Another facility was added on the Robson Ranch, near Catoosa.

Pauls Valley is a 200 acre natural habitat for wild horses and is an adoption center for the horses and burros. Adoptions take pace the second Tuesday of each month.

Oklahoma is also a place of commercial horse businesses including manufacturing enterprises for horse trailers, and feed mills. There are training and breedings farms and facilities, boarding stables and horse-back riding trail rides. Horse Property is found in suburban locations and small to large acreage ranches/farms.

Oklahoma land, and much horse property, lies in the Great Plains and the U.S. Interior Highlands with eastern forest to prairie, to mesas, to mountain ranges. The geography slopes from the northwestern boundary of semi arid high plains where there is natural forest, then rolling flat landscape with some mesa ranges and canyons, to partial plains that still have small mountain ranges, transitioning to prairie and woodland in the central area of the state. , to the southeastern boundary of low wetlands. There are four main mountain ranges: the Ozark Mountains, the Ouachita Mountains, the Arbuckle Mountains, and the Wichita Mountains.

Oklahoma has 50 state and 6 national parks. Over half of the state’s 10 million acres of forest is public land, and the Ouachita National Forest, is both the largest and the oldest in the Southern US, and the largest protected area of Tallgrass Prairie in the world is also found in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma there are only occasional extremes in temperature and precipitation, and the changes between winter and summer are pretty moderate, rather than very hot or very cold, but weather patterns within the state can vary widely between short distances and in a short time can change drastically.

As far as property styles of building in Oklahoma ,most all have been found, from early mound living to recent high rise. The state is one of Native American history and of many cultures. It is a state where property of both urban and rural exist, and of much preservation of the historical, where possible.

Take your pick of geography, then look for the special horse property that suits your fancy.

Be sure to check HSC’s calendar of shows for this state.