Spirit and Rain Breeds....

Spirit and Rain Breeds....

Possible breeds for spirit and rain

ColorHere is a picture of both Spirit and Rain. Diffrent people think diffrent things on the the breeds of these horses. I'm going to tell you what I think and so mabe it could open up a few more possiblities or elimanate some old ideas.

I'll start with Spirit to me there is no question of Spirit's breed.I think he is a kiger mustang. Here is why :

Mustangs are found in all colors, including black, bay, dun, palomino, gray and spotted.Kiger Mustangs are primarily dun in color and have primitive markings, including zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders as well as stripe running down the middle of the back into the tail—this is called a dorsal stripe.Though they do not have to have all of these markings.I beleive that spirit has  a dorsal stripe. Typically a dun horse is a shade of muted tan or a light brown-gray with dark brown or black manes.  A dun colored horse may have many, but not all, of the primitive markings which include the dorsal stripe, two-toned manes and/or tails, zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders, dark color around muzzle and ears with dark outlines and lighter interiors.Kiger Mustangs, as a rule, are agile and intelligent, with  stamina and surefootedness.Example of a Dun Kiger mustang (pic.1) and sevreal more mustang (pic.2) picture 3 is a picture of spirit.




Now lets go to Rain.Horse

Let's cut right to the point here.

Here are some possible canadiates.

SpiritThe horse to the left looks like Rain the right horse being a leapord spotted Appaloosa the left being of the pinto coat.On other sites ive herard of Rain being an appaloosa picture 2 or a gray picture 1.

CoatGrayAlthough I don't think either one of these resemble rain in any way.

 however many breeds of horse carry pinto patterns.(that consists of large patches of white and any other color)Pinto patterns are visually and genetically distinct from the leopard complex spotting patterns characteristic of horses such as the Appaloosa(picture 1)

Ive heard of her being a Skewbald also.

Skewbald:  Any pinto pattern on any base coat other than black. As chestnut and bay are the most common base coat colors, skewbalds are most often chestnut and white or bay and white. At one time, the term may have applied more specifically to brown-looking pinto horses, but today it encompasses any color other than black.


Here are some reasons ive heard of people thinking of Rain as a Appaloosa.

Most representatives have colorful spotted coat patterns, striped hooves, mottled skin and white sclera around the eye.The "foundation" or "working Appaloosa is still sometimes seen, especially on working ranches. This is a slightly smaller, leaner animal There are also some Appaloosas that display more of a Thoroughbred or sport horse conformation – taller, with longer legs and a leaner buildHowever, it is the unique spotting pattern that most people associate with the Appaloosa horse. These spotted markings are not the same as the "dapples" sometimes seen in grays and some other horse colors. Appaloosa markings overlay the base coat color, and have several pattern variations.


Gray or grey is a coat color of horses characterized by progressive silvering of the colored hairs of the coat.[1] Most gray horses have black skin and dark eyes; unlike many depigmentation genes, gray does not affect skin or eye color

 Their adult hair coat is white, dappled, or white intermingled with hairs of other colors.

Well I think that Spirit is a Dun Kiger mustang. Rain is harder to figure out since there are many breeds that include the pinto coat but i've tried to make people releize that the chance she is a gray or Appaloosa are slim since none of these look anything like her in any of their varities.

This is my first article hope you enjoyed!!!:)




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April 26, 2017
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Okay, I have done a lot of digging into spirit as I grew up loving this movie, and if you read this website here; https://returntofreedom.org/horses/spirit/ They tell you that spirit was in fact based off of a Kiger Mustang, and just because Kigers were not yet discovered does not mean he is not a Kiger as breeds of horses have been around for a long time. Now for Rain, the site tells you she was based off of a Medicine Hat Mare and if you look up Medicine Hat Mares, they do closely resemble Rain.

July 31, 2013
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thank you
you have been helpful
Again, THANK YOU!!!

December 23, 2012
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I believe you're wrong about Spirit, there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that you can get a Kiger Mustang from two ordinary Mustangs, besides, the movie was set BEFORE the discovery of the Kiger Mustang (Blaze has told me this and I believe they are right) The horse used to make Spirit may have been a Kiger in the real world but he clearly isn't a Kiger...

As for Rain, she could be any kind of light painted breeds, this could include a Mustang as well, though she is most likely an American Paint or as one of the users above have stated, a Cherokee Paint Horse.

August 25, 2012
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:mad: :)

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June 16, 2012
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Actually, Rain wouldn't be an Appaloosa because they're spotted such as Fleabitten gray or Dapple gray coat.

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June 13, 2012
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Whoops meant to say Rain

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June 13, 2012
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I believe for sure that Spirit is a Kiger Mustang and Rain is either a Cherokee Paint. I believe Rian is a Cherokee Paint because of who is raising her (indians) this makes total sence:P

February 11, 2012
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hi nice pictures there are in a cool.:)

December 21, 2011
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If you go look at my *New* Rains Must Be Breed Article it explains she more of Cayuse Indian Pony, Rain is a mixture of Pinto's/Paints/ and Canadian Horses with Barbs. Good Point though but she's more closely linked to The Cayuse Pony then Paints.

August 10, 2011
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Animal Whisperer & Faye - Thanks!
Cowgirl- I never knew there was a game about it i'll check it out
Lollo- Thanks for the link
Daisy- That's what i'm saying. So many people have considered she might be either a gray or app. & I wanted to list the reasons I think she's not

June 15, 2011
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Okay. Rain is either an American Paint or a Cherokee Paint. She is neither a grey nor an appaloosa. Appaloosas are either blanketed (white on the rump with spots) or leopard spotted (white base with either brown or black spots). Spirit is, with out a doubt, based on Kiger Mustang.

April 12, 2011
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Just if you didn't know, Spirit is a kiger mustang, dun, and he actually is for real ;) About rain i have no idea, but here is a link to more info about Spirit. http://www.returntofreedom.org/sanctuary/spirit.html

August 23, 2010
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I don't know for sure, but if you put the spirit dvd in your computer, it has a game where you have to guess the breed of the horse they put on the screen. Well, two of the horses they put on there resemble Spirit and Rain, and they are Kieger mustang and American paint. I'm not sure if that's correct, but still.

June 29, 2010
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Spirit/101 Dal Sources
Rain :: Mutliple Breed options
Spirit :: Dun Kiger Mustang, he was based of it so that's what he's intended to be.
Decent article

June 28, 2010
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Nice article! You really did your research and it shows in your article! They did use a Kiger Mustang (real horse) when Dreamworks did Spirit, but according to the movie's setting I think that Spirit is an American Mustang. The movie was set in the American West and in the introduction Spirit even narrates that. The real question breed- wise is Rain. Her breeds (she's a mix- breed) is constantly debated and unless someone from Dreamworks releases them, I don't think that it will ever be pin- pointed. Very interesting topic!

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