Species group: Stock horses
Other common names: American Mustang
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:
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
"While I do not own a ranch anymore, I sold it to friends who keep my horses there and I visit several times a year to continue to play cowboy and help with drives. A friend gave me this mustang because I took in horses of all kinds that needed a home. Whenever possible, we trained horses for riders who visited the ranch and to help with the cattle we took care of. When I saw this particular horse, I fell in love with it. I had recently lost my personal animal and thought I would train this one. <br> <br>Once the vet gave it a clear bill of health, I started on the training. He had some experience with riders, but I started to work him out every day. He seemed to like the idea of being the head horse and after a few missteps, we worked together as a well-oiled machine. It took an entire summer season to get to that point. He does have a stubborn streak that I had to work on. The worse was the day we were galloping flat out. He decided, for no good reason, to put the brakes on. As I went sailing over his head, I probably called him every unkind name in my dictionary. Fortunately, I bounce well, and when I got back up, he and I had a serious discussion about who was boss. For the most part, he was okay after that. <br> <br>He is very good around other horses, and smart and agile when moving around cattle. I am not sure if it is his personality or because I was the boss, but he very much became the alpha male around the other 40 or so horses. Whenever I go back, he is still very much the chief horse. <br> <br>His health has stayed great with very few problems. I like him because he had a little bit of all the qualities you want in a horse on the ranch: endurance, speed, toughness, and sure-footedness. He is also a darn good-looking animal and I swear he poses for the camera when you take a photo of him. <br>."
From JJMcK Aug 11 2015 3:18PM
"If you can handle your horse smelling like bacon it will handle just about anything you need it to. It's great for everything from fungus to helping hair grow back. It won't help bad genetics, but it can help with injuries and accidental hair loss.."
From Eventer86 49 days ago
"Mustang Sally was one of the first mustangs to arrive at our rescue ranch, the same way in which most people come across mustangs these days. She was calm with a healthy skepticism toward humans. We quickly discovered she was saddle and halter broke, but that was about it. She was also pregnant, another new experience for us. <br> <br>Mustang Sally has since been rescued, and is an excellent, brilliant trail riding companion. She lives in the high mountains with a small herd, and spends much of her time on long camping trips. <br> <br>The only negative I would say about having Mustang Sally, was that I myself could not ride her, as she was rather small and I am a very tall person! This is typical of most mustangs, however, and I expected it. ."
From adventurousjj Jul 17 2014 12:24PM