Tribe members in traditional garb riding on horseback through the forest. Introduction of the horse became a defining characteristic for Nez Perce culture. One particular breed that the Nez Perce favored and successfully perfected was the colorful and spotted Appaloosa. Adapting to the use of the horse, the Nez Perce successfully expanded trade and communications. Through their expertise in breeding and care for horses the Nez Perce gained a very respectable reputation that spread among many other tribes. For the Nez Perce the horse was not just a tool, but a warrior.
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