President Ronald Reagan wasn’t one to look a gift horse in the mouth. A little known fact is that his love of horses complicated his presidency. I’m Susan Allen back with Open Range. If you are a president who love’s horses, guess what every head of state wants to give you? I found an old newspaper article dated Dec 22 1982 that cited that President Reagan was having problems polity refusing horses. He had to apologize when the President of Pakistan wanted to give him a Thoroughbred, explaining the foreign gift act wouldn’t let him accept it. Yet I discovered Reagan researched ways to skirt that rule after he rode a spectacular horse at the Brazilian President’s Ranch. When Figueiredo asked Reagan what he thought of this horse, Reagan replied. “It’s one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden. “It’s you’re then” the Brazilian leader told him. Reagan found a loop hole that allowed the horse on loan, the article stated the white house staff was still working out a provision so he could keep it. While it was well known Reagan kept horses at his California ranch what many don't realize is that he also rode in Washington on a Lippizon stallion he received from the Spanish Riding School (another loan) kept at a private stable courtesy of the Austrian’s as a thank you for General George Patton’s rescue of the Lippizanners during WWII. His most famous horse was a gift from Mexico’s president, an Arabian named El Alemain that became his mount after the death of his longtime favorite, Little Man. Known for saying the “outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.” Equine friends played a diplomatic role throughout Ronald Reagan's life. I’m Susan Allen.