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This is the third and last post about the famous 19th-century racing star Hindoo. Each post has anecdotes about the horse’s character and racing career, including the circumstance that Hindoo essentially retired himself by kicking to pieces a buggy that was encroaching on his road space and injuring himself sufficiently in the process that retirement was the practical option.


Bucked like a cow pony

Another of the Hindoo tricks that is well remembered by those familiar with his private life was his habit of bucking. Though standing full sixteen hands, he could outbuck anything that ever wore hair. With him the trick was in no manner an evidence of mean temper, but it was a bit of rough play that he fairly revelled in to the everlasting discomfort of the unlucky lad whose duty it was to gallop him.

On these occasions Hindoo would spring straight in the air with a tremendous bound and when he came down it was with arched back and each leg rigid. This would continue until he had worked off all his humor and he would settle down to his task. It is small wonder, with his kicking and bucking, that he was forced into early retirement by the giving out of his misused underpinning.

Hindoo was foaled in 1878, by Virgil, dam Florence. This mare was by Lexington and out of the imported mare Weatherwitch. Hindoo was a bay with a number of roan hairs in his coat, particularly in the flank and quarters. He stood sixteen hands and was a horse of great length and not of particularly heavy build.


Five furlongs or five miles

In action the stride of this remarkable horse was so frictionless that it never seemed he was going faster than a two-minute clip, yet five furlongs and five miles were alike to him when it came to racing.

Hindoo, after his retirement, gave to the racing world several good performers, but his best was Hanover, the son of Bourbon Belle. Hanover, in turn, sired Hamburg, the best colt he sent to the races. Hamburg was a son of Lady Reel.

Hindoo died in July, 1901, at the age of twenty-three years, while is son, Hanover, only lived to be fourteen, dying in March of 1899. Though dead seven years and away from the races for twenty-six years, this wonderful horse is still the standard by which colts of the present day are measured, and if “He’s a Hindoo,” the best word has been spoken.

— from The Kentucky Farmer and Breeder (March 13, 1908)