Today’s Horse Facts: The Kiger Mustang
Did you know that there are at least four different substrains, or sub-breeds, of the breed known as Mustang? Today we’re going to look at one of those four sub-breeds, the Kiger Mustang. The other sub-breed names are: the Spanish Mustang, the Pryor Mountain Mustang, and the Dokota Mustang. Let’s take our 10-question quiz, and see how much you know about this unique horse of America:
- The Kiger Mustang is closely related to the Spanish horses brought to the USA in the 17th Century by the Conquistadors.
- The Bureau of Land Management discovered the Kiger Mustangs in 1971(One Internet reference says 1977) and decided to separate them into their own herd.
- Kigers are named after a man in Montana who discovered their unique breed.
- Kigers are feral, which means they are wild.
- Kigers are usually roan or sorrel in their base color.
- They have a wildness about them that can’t be tamed.
- The Kiger Mesteno Association has only 250 Kiger Mustangs registered.
- Some Kiger Mustangs are “gaited” horses.
- In the original “separation” of Kiger Mustangs from other Mustangs, ten Kigers were moved to the Kiger region ofOregon.
- A “dun” colored horse has to have a dark stripe running down its back from its mane to its tail.
Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Kiger Mustang expert! Here are the answers:
- F They’re named after the Kiger region inOregon.
- F They are usually a shade of dun with a variety of other markings like black mane, tail, and legs.
- F Kigers are calm in nature and can be trained for all kinds of riding.
- F The Kiger Mesteno Association has over 800 Kiger Mustangs registered.
- F Twenty Mustangs were moved to the Kiger region of Oregon.
If you want to learn more about this beautiful wild horse fromOregon, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:
Next time, we’ll take a look at one of the most unique breeds of horses in the world, the Marwari.