Monday, 15 May 2017

The Mustang

The Mustang is a descendant of the horses brought over by the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.  They are regarded as the original cow pony of America! 


Mustang ancestry can be traced back to the Arab and Spanish Barb.  In the 1500's when the Spanish invaded the New World some horses escaped, or were set free, they travelled north through Mexico and their numbers increased.  The horses were small and lightweight but strong and so were popular with the native American people.  

Over the years many other breeds have been introduced to result in the different types of Mustangs which can be found today.  By the 19th century large feral herds were roaming the plains, partly because they are able to survive with little food.

In the Spanish-American war and again in WWI thousands of the horses were rounded up to be used by the army.

These feral horses are now the cause of controversy because they are so free ranging!


Height:  14hh - 15hh

Colour:  Any colour.

Conformation:  Although there are different types, usually the head is refined with a straight or convex face.   
The shoulders are sloping and the back short.  A deep girth and low set tail. They are lightweight but strong.

Temperament:  Wilful and headstrong.

Used as a light saddle horse.

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