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How an aging stallion found on a Mississippi farm is bringing the first new blood in a century to a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by Choctaw Indians

  • A stallion is being bred to create the first new blood in a century to a rare line
  • The line of horses are linked to the Spanish conquistadors and Choctaw Indians
  • The aging stallion named DeSoto was accidentally found on a farm in Poplarville

By Associated Press and Nicole Pierre For Dailymail.com

Published: 01:12 EDT, 16 October 2018 | Updated: 14:46 EDT, 16 October 2018

The breeding of a stallion on a Mississippi farm is creating the first new blood in a century for a line of horses linked to the Spanish conquistadors and Choctaw Indians.

The aging stallion named DeSoto was accidentally found on a farm in Poplarville, Mississippi 13 years ago when a doctor of veterinary medicine Dr. D. Phillip Sponenberg visited the farm's cattle.

Yet he was surprised when he stumbled across a stallion lurking out of the woods.

An aging stallion (pictured) found by accident on a Mississippi farm is bringing the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors

This  1910 photo provided by Francine Locke Bray shows  cowboys on Choctaw horses in Pushmataha County, Okla

This 1910 photo provided by Francine Locke Bray shows cowboys on Choctaw horses in Pushmataha County, Okla

Choctaw mare (pictured, right) and her 3-month-old philly colt (pictured, center) run with other Choctaw horses on Bill Frank Brown's farm in Poplarville

Choctaw mare (pictured, right) and her 3-month-old philly colt (pictured, center) run with other Choctaw horses on Bill Frank Brown's farm in Poplarville

Dr Sponenberg said: 'Out of the woods came this horse, single-footing.'

The farm's owner Bill Frank Brown was 14 when he inherited the farm which had been in Brown's family since 1881.

Mr Brown had three stallions when he first took over the farm including DeSoto.

Dr Sponenberg decided to get the Texas A&M veterinary school to test samples of DeSoto's DNA which were a match to other Choctaws.

  This 1910 photo provided by Francine Locke Bray shows Victor Locke with an unknown cowboy on Choctaw horses in Pushmataha County, Okla

These photos believed to have been taken in 1910 show cowboys on Choctaw horses in Pushmataha County, Okla

Bill Frank Brown points out an old photo from a trade magazine on his farm in Poplarville

Bill Frank Brown points out an old photo from a trade magazine on his farm in Poplarville

An aging stallion found by accident on a Mississippi farm is bringing the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by Choctaw Indians 

An aging stallion found by accident on a Mississippi farm is bringing the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by Choctaw Indians

Colonial Spanish horses are among the world's few genetically unique horse breeds, according to Dr Sponenberg.

He said: ‘Choctaw horses are descended from those brought to the United States in the 1500s and later by Spanish explorers and colonists.'

Now, the doctor is working tirelessly to breed the rare Choctaw horses which were thought to be ‘long gone’ from historic Choctaw nation (modern day Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana) when the Native Americans were expelled by the government in the mid-1800s.

Dr Sponenberg started by carefully picking the mares that would be the best genetic matches for DeSoto before breeding the aging stallion which is linked to the Spanish conquistadors.

Bill Brown told Associated Press some of the offspring will remain in Mississippi while others will go back to Oklahoma, along with their pregnant mares.

Bill Frank Brown feeds DeSoto, a 19-year-old Pine Tacky Stallion on his farm in Poplarville

Bill Frank Brown feeds DeSoto, a 19-year-old Pine Tacky Stallion on his farm in Poplarville

Bill Frank Brown feeds horses including Choctaw mares on his farm in Poplarville Bill Frank Brown walks to feed his horses on his farm in Poplarville

Bill Frank Brown feeds horses including Choctaw mares on his farm in Poplarville

Stunning Choctaw mares grazing and playing on a farm in Poplarville, Mississippi

Stunning Choctaw mares grazing and playing on a farm in Poplarville, Mississippi

Bill Frank Brown corrals a Choctaw mare on his farm in Poplarville

Bill Frank Brown corrals a Choctaw mare on his farm in Poplarville

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