Nokota Horse Facing Imminent Threat
In Linton, North Dakota, a great thing is happening on a lonely farm. The challenging mission of trying to save a great horse breed that was on the verge of extinction has been taken on by Frank Kuntz and his brother Leo. The Nokota horse is a piece of history that the two brothers are attempting to preserve.
It is not just about saving the Nokota horse from extinction; it is also about the people who have dedicated their entire lives to preserving the Nokota for future generations. Some people think the Nokota horse is related to Sitting Bull’s buffalo ponies. It seems that they had been lost for a very long time until that fateful day when Frank and his brother came across them in a North Dakota national park.
They began with just a few horses and have since amassed almost half of the estimated 1,000 surviving in existence. The stock of horses in the National Park eventually crossed with other wild horses and are no longer a pure strain of the Nokota. The Nokota Horse Conservancy was founded in 1999 by Frank Kuntz and his brother Leo to preserve the lineage of horses who formerly roamed the western North Dakota Badlands.
The biggest public television broadcasting network in the world has also expressed interest in their narrative. The Frank Kuntz farm was the subject of days-long shooting by a German television network, ARD, for a travel show. Hopefully, this will persuade more people to travel there and witness the efforts they are making to prevent the extinction of these kind horses.
The tale of how and why they chose to embark on this project is told in the video down below. It also describes the difficulties they have faced, yet they never gave up on maintaining the Nokota breed.