The second in our series of HOA's Foundation Horses is the silver buckskin stallion Tiger Eye. Known for his heavier type, wonderful people-oriented temperament and eye-catching color, Tiger Eye has left a number of desecendants to carry on in the world of Colonial Spanish Horses.
Yet his profile, like that of all good Colonial Spanish horses, still demonstrates the typical conformation of the breed including the short back, deeply angled shoulder, flexy pasterns, and sloping hip with low tail set. Seen in these shots as he herds his little band of mares at the Horse of the Americas Ranch in Porterville, CA in December of 1972, his longer stride due to the articulation of his "Spanish hip" can be observed.
From the rear, his hip is not so typically Colonial Spanish as it is more rounded or "apple-butted" than is generally preferred in the breed. This hip type is seen more often the the Northern or heavy type.
However, he is no Quarter Horse! Seen from the front, he is narrow between the front legs with round cannons and strong, larger well-made hooves.
Here are two more profile views. The left view is from December 1971. The right view is another from December of 1972, one year later.
Tiger Eye remains an important line in today's Colonial Spanish Horses. His offspring are recorded by the Spanish Mustang Registry, the Southwest Spanish Mustang Association and as Orignal Indian Horses as well as in HOA.
Confident, relaxed and self-assured with his mares around him, Tiger Eye yawns broadly, probably ready for a siesta in the California sun. The quality of this little stallion has been proven by the record of his offspring including SMR Grande Conquistador El Tigre Segundo, SMR Grand Conquistador producing dam Starlite, Crooked Fence Acres foundation dam Little Star Sparkling and many others. Tiger Eye's place in the history of America's First True Horse is secure.
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