In 1879, General Ulysses S. Grant was given two stallions by a Turkish Sultan, one was an Arabian (Leopard) and the other a Barb (Linden Tree). The horses were brought to America, and in 1894 they were bred with native cowhorse mares in Nebraska. Their descendents were named Colorado Rangers in 1934 after several horses were exhibited by pioneer breeder Mike Ruby at the Denver Stock Show. A breed association was later set up and all horses today must include the two Colorado Ranger foundation stallions in their pedigree: Max #2 and Patches #1. Due to their initial use and breeding, the Colorado Ranger excels at ranch work and other western riding.
Characteristics: Because of its Arabian and Barb ancestry, the Colorado Ranger is more refined than the usual western breeds. They come in a broad spectrum of colors and even include blanket and tri-colored leopard patterns. The Colorado Ranger is not an Appaloosa or Paint cross-breed nor is it a color breed. The color is actually an ancestral trait; in fact, some Appaloosas are said to have Ranger connections. Horses stand from 14.2 to 16 hands high.
For more information: The Colorado Ranger Horse Association, www.coloradoranger.com