Today’s Horse Facts: The Mustang
Howdy pardners! Are you ready to go riding the range and look for a herd of Mustangs? I’m sure you know that there are thousands of them running free on federal game lands not only in the west but in the east and south as well. But there are some neat horse facts about Mustangs that you probably don’t know. So, are you ready for your true/false horsie quiz for today? Here we go:
1. _____ The Mustangs in the U.S.date back to the 1400s and 1500s when they were brought to this country by Spanish explorers.
2. _____ There is only one kind of Mustang, the Spanish Mustang.
3. _____ Mustangs are usually between 13 and 16 hands tall.
4. _____ Mustangs make great trail horses because of their endurance.
5. _____ This breed is commonly only solid colors, bays, or buckskins.
6. _____ The word “Mustang” is from a Spanish word, mustengo, meaning “stray horse.”
7. _____ The Mustang is the first horse the Native Americans used.
8. _____ Most of the over 30,000 wild Mustangs are in the state of Arizona.
9. _____ A wild Mustang can be adopted through the Bureau of Land Management.
10. _____ Special horse shows called “Mustang Makeovers” are held in different states across the U.S. every year to share information about the breed with the public and encourage adoption.
So, are you a Mustang expert? I must admit that I’ve never had an inkling to own a Mustang even though I knew most of the answers to these questions. However, I have a friend who had owned Mustangs for years, and she thought they were the most beautiful creatures God ever made.
2. F There are at least four well-known Mustang breeds: Spanish Mustang, Pryor Mountain Mustang, Kiger Mustang, and the Nokota Mustang.
5. F They can be any color or combination including cremello, overo, and appaloosa.
8. F Over 50% of the wild Mustangs are in the state ofNevada.
Here are some websites for you to check up on additional facts about the feral Mustang breed:
Next time, we’ll take a ride to visit some Dutch Carriage Horses.