Horses have very special importance in Navajo and Native American culture. One of the oldest symbols in Native American society is the horse. Originally introduced to Native Americans in the 16th and 17th centuries by Spanish Conquistadors, they quickly became an important part of tribal life.
Used for travel, migration, and hunting the horses value quickly became realized by Native American peoples. The horse is symbolic to Native Americans of family and a prized possession used for travel, hunting, and trading. They are believed to be spiritual beings and are highly regarded among the Navajo. They symbolize freedom and represent an important part in Native American history. They’re also a symbol of wealth and the bond between animals and humankind. They represent the wildness of the American West.
Native American mythology says that the Sun bearer made the horse with keen hearing so that it could hear noises from far-off and put the stars and universe in the eyes so it could see at night. It’s believed that he made the gallop of the horse to sound like thunder and the tail and mane swirl like clouds when galloping or hang like falling rain when still.