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Other common names: American Mustang

The basics:
The Mustang is a feral horse which roams the ranges of the western United States. Most Mustangs reside in Nevada, but some can also be found in Montana, Wyoming and Oregon. Mustangs are descendants of horses which were first brought to the Americas by the Spanish in the 16th century. Most of these horses were of Andalusian, Arabian and Spanish Barb ancestry. Some of these horses escaped or were stolen by Native Americans, and rapidly spread throughout western North America.

The Mustang is not a breed, but is instead a mixture of many breeds that have bred in the wild over the centuries. In contrast, the Spanish Mustang and the Kiger Mustang are believed to be a more pure descendants of the Spanish horses. 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has authority for protecting, managing, and controlling wild horses and burros, and they have an active adoption program for Mustangs. According to the BLM site, "One of the BLM’s key responsibilities under the 1971 law is to determine the "appropriate management level" (AML) of wild horses and burros on the public rangelands. These animals have virtually no natural predators and their herd size can double about every four years. As a result, more than 36,000 wild horses and burros roam BLM-managed lands in 10 Western states, a population that exceeds by some 9,400 the number that can exist in balance with other public rangeland resources and uses.

To help restore the balance, the BLM gathers thousands of wild horses and burros from public rangelands each year and offers them for adoption or sale to those individuals and groups willing and able to provide humane, long-term care. Droughts and wild

Appearance / health:
13.2 hands

Mustangs are lean and strong, having evolved to survive in habitats where food sources are sparse. Mustangs range in size from 13 to 15 hands, but they can be much taller. They have short backs, rounded rumps and low set tails. Mustangs have substantial bone and hooves. Colors are extremely varied, though the horses are most commonly bays and chestnuts.

Mustangs tend to be very sound and have good, strong hooves.

Behavior / temperament:
Mustangs are highly intelligent and have an innate sense of self-preservation, which makes it very important to earn their trust. Once you have gained their trust, they often will bond to their person. Some horses do take longer to "come around" but sometimes it is the hardest ones to earn the trust that make the best partners. It is best not to have an agenda with these horses (ie, in 30 days I will be riding); patience is critical.


intellegnt bold breed, great endurance, physical health, true loyal friendship, great hooves


novice, wild mindset, sensitive breeds, fight/flight instint, wild caught mustangs


Mustang rescues, America's original breed, excellent cattle horses, great reining horse

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