10 Of the World’s Most Famous War Horses in Military History
Throughout history, several great men have always been associated with equally famous horses known for being their partners in war. There are many horses who have carved a name for themselves in the history books along with their famous riders. Some were battle horses and some were race horses. Take a look at 10 of the world’s most famous war horses in history.
The story of Alexander and Bucephalus is a well known one narrating how the young Prince of Macedonia calmed the temperamental horse by moving his shadow away from him. Bucephalus was gifted to Alexander when he was 13 and accompanied him in several battles. Bucephalus died from injuries sustained during the battle of Hydapses in India when Alexander fought the Indian King Porus in 326 BC. Bucephala a town on the banks of the river Jhelum now in modern day Pakistan was built by Alexander in memory of his beloved friend.
Chetak belonged to a Rajput King of India Maharana Pratap. The horse, a stallion was injured and killed in the battle of Haldighati fought between Rajputs and Mughals on 21st June 1576. Pratap loved the horse so much he erected a monument to it in an area called Rajsamand district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Chetak is always referred to as the blue horse in many ballads and poems.
Traveler was a grey American saddlebred ridden by General Robert E lee the commander of the Confederate army during the American civil war. The horse purchased by Lee in 1862 was reputed for its phenomenal speed, strength and courage. Traveler died in 1871 after falling ill to tetanus and was put down by gunshot as there was no treatment at the time.