The Comanche were considered the finest horsemen in the world and the most powerful of the Plains Indian cultures. Their exploits on horseback were legendary, making them master of the Southern Plains for nearly 200 years. Their lives had been transformed with the coming of the horse, which replaced the dog as the primary beast of burden. Following the Pueblo revolt in 1680, great numbers of horses either escaped or were stolen from the Spanish. Their untamed offspring soon formed the vast mustang herds of the Southwest. The greatest symbol of a warrior’s strength and power among the Comanche was revealed in the sacred buffalo hunt—the ultimate test in his struggle to survive.