Top 10 Famous War Horses in History

For a long period of time, horses have always been the best and loyal companions to humans. Racehorses undoubtedly found the unique positions in history. There are some of the horses who have become popular for their surging services and loyalty to the famous militaries and warriors in the history. These horses took part in several battles and witnessed many masters with their failures and victories. Here are some of the popular horses whose names can never be forgotten in the history.

10. Chetak

He was the horse owned by the King of Rajputs, Maharana Pratap in North India. This stallion was killed in the Battle of Haldighati due to an injury on June 21, 1576. This battle was fought between the Mughals and the Rajputs. He built the monument dedicated to his horse where it fell at Haldighati. It lies at Rajasmand District of Rajasthan. He appears in several folk tales and ballads of the locals. He is also called as the “Blue Horse” in several poems because of its blue tinge on the coat.

9. Bucephalus

It is probably the first celebrity horse in the history. It was the favorite stallion of one of the ultra-legendary warriors in history, Alexander the Great. Legends had it that Alexandar owned this warrior horse when he was 13. This horse was described as a giant creature by the historians.

It serviced its owner in several battles. The horse was killed in the Battle of Hydaspes due to the fatal injuries fought between an Indian king Porus and Alexander in 326 BC. Alexander built the city, Bucaphala in the memory of his loving stallion on the banks of Jhelum River. It is located in Pakistan. Phalia, a town in Pakistan is also named after it.

8. Kasztanka

It was a popular horse which was owned by Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, a Polish war hero. In Polish, its name refers to chestnut because of her color attributes. Before owned by Pilsudski in 1914, the previous owner of this horse was Ludwik Popiel. She led her master to win several battles in Polish Legions at the Austro-Hungary side and Germany in World War I. This horse rode her last on November 11, 1927, at a parade on Independence Day at Saxon Square, Warsaw. The horse breathed her last on November 23 the same year.

7. Traveller

It was the loving horse of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the commanding officer of the Confederates Army in American Civil War. Born in 1857, it was a grey American Saddlebred which was originally called as Greenbier. In the year 1862, he was owned by Lee. This horse was famous for its endurance, strength, speed, agility, and courage in combat missions. He accompanied his master in several battles. He developed tetanus in 1871. Since there was no cure for this ailment, he was shot to death.

6. Marengo

Owned by Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor, Marengo is among the most popular war horses in the history. It was named after the Battle of Marengo between Austria and France. It showed amazing strengths and potential and safely carried the king. It was basically an Egyptian breed, exported in 1799 in France. He served Napoleon in several campaigns. In 1855, Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo to the British forces. The horse was captured by Lord Petre, a British officer, in the war, and lived in England till death in 1831. The skeleton of this horse is exhibited these days at the National Army Museum, Chelsea.

5. Copenhagen

Copenhagen was the well known war horse owned by the Duke of Wellington, Lord Arthur Wellensly. Bred by Gen. Grosvenor, this horse was born in 1808 and took part in races. He was named after the victory of Britain at the Battle of Copenhagen II. He was acquired by Lord Wellington in 1813 and rode in several campaigns. This horse serviced the General in 1815 in the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon Bonaparte.  After the battle, the horse retired and spent years at the stable. On February 12, 1836, the horse breathed its last.

4. Palomo

It was the horse owned by the liberator of Latin America, Simon Bolivar. According to a local lore, Casilda who was an elder peasant lady dreamed of gifting a great general with this horse. She presented this horse to Bolivar. It was a tall white stallion with long tail. Bolivar rode him in several campaigns on the liberation war, since 1819. The horse died after a march under the care of one of his officers. The horseshoes of this horse are currently exhibited at the Museum of Mulalo.

3. Cincinnati

It was among the most popular war horses owned by President and American Civil War general, Ulysses S. Great. The son of Lexington, Cincinnati was among the fastest horses in the US. An admirer gifted it to the Grant on the American Civil War period. This horse accompanied General in several battles and it was also his favorite horse. Cincinnati was also admired by Abraham Lincoln. He used to ride it every day. In 1878, the horse died at the Admiral Daniel Ammen’s farm, in Maryland.

2. Comanche

It was a well known war horse used by the US Army and it is known to survive the Battle of Little bighorn. The army acquired the horse in the year 1868. Captain Myles Keogh rode him from 7th Cavalry. The horse was well known for his loyalty and bravery in the battle against Comanche where he accompanied Keogh even after the emperor was wounded. The horse carried him in 1876 in the Battle of Little Bighorn where none of his soldiers left. This horse was known as the lone survivor, though several other horses were actually survived. At the 7th Cavalry, he was honored as the Second Commanding Officer in the year 1887. In 1891, the horse died. He was one of just two horses to be honored with a military funeral.

1. Sergeant Reckless

He was among the most popular war horses in the world. It belonged to Mongolian breed and used by the US Military. In 1952, the horse was bought by the USA Marine Corps who trained it. They used it to carry weapons and supplies and evacuate wounded survivors in the Korean War. The horse was popular for its agility and intelligence in taking solo trips. In 1953, she was known to make 51 solo trips every day during the Battle for Outpost Vegas. In 1954, she was appointed as a sergeant and retired. This horse was once honored as one of the Life Magazine’s top 100 All-Time American Heroes.