About Djerma Horses
Djerma horses are from Western Africa and the middle of the
Niger. They originated from Barb and Dongola horses. The name Djerma comes from
the tribes people of Djerma. To own a Djerma horse, in Africa, is considered a
sign of wealth. These horses are held in high esteem in Africa especially by
the tribes people. Their owners adorn the animals with colorful fabrics,
fringes, braids, etc. The riders adorn themselves, as well. These horses can be
seen "decked out" in parades festooned with the royal colors of red,
burgundy, purple and blue.
They are dark colored -usually brown.
Their build is light. Although they are small they are fine
runners. Because they are smaller and have a good temperament, some are
breeding the Djerma to be used by children and women and sold outside the
country. There are mixed feelings about this in Africa as many feel that Djerma
Horses should be kept within the country as a symbol of pride.