Happy President’s Day, cowgirls! Let’s look at all the presidents who rode over the years!
President George Washington, the 1st President
As a general in the military, riding horses was a must for President George Washington. He started riding at an early age and had a deep respect for his equine partners. Throughout the Revolutionary War, he preferred to ride his horse, Nelson. However, the majority of paintings show him on his grey horse, Blueskin. Both were retired after the war.
President Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President
President Grant was known for his incredible riding ability and was held in high esteem for his proficiency on horseback. Not only was he a rider, but he was a trainer, too, known for his ability to gentle horses. It is rumored that at just age seven, Ulysses S. Grant taught a previously unbroken colt to pull a sled for hauling wood in just one day.
President Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President
As a president, Roosevelt kept numerous horses in the stables that he could go out and ride by himself or with his children. He grew up riding horses and ranching in the Dakotas. He was also known for being apart of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. President Roosevelt famously gave anyone who rode with a copy of his “Rules of the Road,” which were a series of guidelines for riding with him.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President
President LBJ grew up gathering cattle on a ranch in Texas. The ranch house on the property was known as the Texas White House. The LBJ Ranch was known for raising highly-prized Hereford show cattle. Throughout his political career, he would help maintain the ranch. His ranch was where he also retired.
President Ronald Reagan, the 40th President
President Ronald Reagan used horses to take a break from his political career. So much so, in fact, the Mounted Secret Service Unit was created. He owned a ranch in Santa Barbara, California, known as the “Ranch in the Sky.” His wife Nancy could also be caught riding alongside him.
There are many more presidents who took kin to ride horses, however, these are just the most famous ones.