George Catlin, Breaking Down the Wild Horse, 1834-1837, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.501
When the lasso falls over the neck of a wild horse, George Catlin wrote, the Indian “instantly dismounts, leaving his own horse, and runs as fast as he can, letting the laso pass out gradually and carefully through his hands, until the horse falls for want of breath, and lies helpless on the ground; at which time the Indian advances slowly towards the horse's head, keeping his laso tight upon its neck, until he fastens a pair of hobbles on the animal's two forefeet, and also loosens the laso (giving the horse chance to breathe), and gives it a noose around the under jaw, by which he gets gr
Breaking Down the Wild Horse
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19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Animal – horse
- Occupation – hunter
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