SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- President Reagan, whose favorite horse died last month, rode an Arabian gelding named 'Gwalianko' at his ranch in the sky Friday.
Reagan told top aides that when 'Little Man,' his aged favorite, died 'it was an end of an era.'
During a 30-year period, he had also ridden 'Little Man's' mother and half-sister.
According to deputy press secretary Larry Speakes, Reagan knew for some time that 'Little Man' would soon have to be 'put out to pasture.'
The horse had stumbled once and went down on one knee when the president had taken him out for a canter.
'Gwalianko' is one of several horses now in Reagan's stable. The others are Nancy Reagan's horse, 'No Strings,' 'Catalina' and 'Will's Fancy.'
Another Arabian horse named 'El Alamein,' presented to Reagan by Mexican President Jose Lopez-Portillo, is being stabled at a farm near Reagan's ranch in the Santa Ynez valley.
Speakes said he did not know which horse Reagan will adopt now as his new favorite.