The pony, or small horse, of the Navajo is not what one would expect an animal born to toughness of this land to be. He has not the full chest of the quarter horse or the long, powerful legs of the thoroughbred. He is small, but fast, particularly in sand, rock, snow, or heavy rain. His footing is sure. Even shoeless he faithfully follows the guiding of the reins.
This Navajo pony was ground tied by the hitching post at Tonalea, Arizona, when I saw him in the late 1930s. His hooves shifted on the hot sand and his eyes were half-closed to protect them from the sun."
- Barry M. Goldwater