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Napolean's horse Le Vizir

levizir.jpg Of Napolean's many horses, perhaps the most famous was Le Vizir, a gift from the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire in 1808 during Napolean's second exile on the island of Saint Helena. The horse died in 1829, eight years after Napolean.  Here he is stuffed at the Musee d'Armee de l'Hotel des Invalides in Paris. He looks a little scrawny, but it really is Le Vizir.

Notice the rump branding.

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Reader Comments (10)

wow-after all these years?
February 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter---
He looks like very skinny. Hes front is very light (no breastcorb)but the brandgmark N must be original.
In websites they did`nt knew abouth Napoleons horses at all, except Marengo, but the Emperor had many horses (allmost the arabians and not only stallions). I was really dissapointed abouth that. Le Vizir was a present of the Turkish Sultan to Napoeloan at year 1805. Emir was allso one of Napoleons horses (an arabien too). In the battle of Napolen rides allso a mare (the name of the mare I dont remember right now, she was an arabian). Napoleon wasn`t a very good rider, thats why the horses was specially trained for their master. I have seen the warhorse (an Oldenburger stallion named Streiff from the battlefield of Lutzen 1632)of the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus II. It was very impressiv.
Hope You find the other horses of Napolenon.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarjis@windowslive.com
I have somewhere the list of Napoleons other horses. Hope I find it. So we can exame it carefully. The horses of the greyt Warriors/kings fascineitigns me.
The fantastic history of the fantastick horses with their masters. THAT`S SOMETING. It`s very few persons, who are interesting of such like these(warhorses, specially Napoleons). I know anybody.
Thanks God,we have now the internet and can get the cnownledge of ewerything.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarjis@windowslive.com
I must correct my comment: In the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon ride allso an arabian mare (the name I dont remember now). Marengo(Napoleons favorite horse) was allso there. He (Marengo)died at 38 years old. Is it the truth, I dont know. Anyway, the age of the horse was unnatural high.
July 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarjis@windowslive.com
The mare Napoleon rode at Waterloo was Desiree.
When Napoleon crossed St. Bernhards, he didn´t ride a horse. Actually he rode a mule. The terrain was too bad for horseriding.
August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarjis@windowslive.com
I was researching something about Napoleon were they said that he rode a mule and was curious to know the facts on that, Great web page, Thank-you, Antonio Garcia
January 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAntonio Garcia
The skeletons of several of the most celebrated horses are still preserved. One of Napoleon's favorite horses was a mare named Marie. The mare's skeleton is in the old castle of Ivenaeh, where the heirs of the Baron von Plessen preserved it.

Napolen had 19 horses killed from under him from Arcola to Waterloo, and all of his horses were either white or gray. Everyone knows about Marengo, but not many people know about Marie, Ali and Jaffa. Napolen was reported to have used from 4 or 5 horses a day because he ran around so much, he tired out the animals.
June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam
Napoleon rode Marie at the begining of the day of Waterloo, then transfered to Desire (may have slighltly spelt that wrong, but both were white arabs) Interested to know what horse Gustavus Adolphus rode at Lutzen? any one know what colour it was?
Kit
December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkit
The preservation in the hip and tail look very nice. It would have been nice to have the overal "arabian horse shape" better preserved, but that's probably just being picky. Nice to see this horse is preserved, I believe Old Sorrel, Stonewall Jackson's horse is preserved as well somewhere.
January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDevo
I am not certain about Old Sorrel, but I know General George G. Meade's mount "Old Baldy" has been mounted (pardon the pun)

http://generalmeadesociety.org/baldy.html

http://www.ushistory.org/oddities/images/oldbaldy.jpg
September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoys Division

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