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Oklahoma House passes state horse measure

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Lawmakers are considering naming the Choctaw pony as the state horse of Oklahoma. (Courtesy Choctaw Nation) Lawmakers are considering naming the Choctaw pony as the state horse of Oklahoma. (Courtesy Choctaw Nation)

Oklahoma already has a state steak: The ribeye.

Now lawmakers are considering a measure that would establish a state horse, and it's a breed that's close to the hearts of Texoma: The Choctaw pony (or mustang horse).

On Monday, House members voted 78-18 to pass HB 2196.

The title of the bill was stricken, which means language in the bill is subject to change as it goes through the Senate. 

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Randy Randleman (R-District 15), but the idea came from his granddaughter.

The Choctaw pony has been a symbol of glory and honor for the tribal nation since the Trail of Tears.

"This specific breed of mustang actually came over during the Trail of Tears with our ancestors," said Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke, director of government relations for the Choctaw Nation.

This breed is rare, but they're fast and work well with cattle.

The official state recipe for cornbread has also been appended to the bill, which will head to the Oklahoma Senate next month.

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