The Mustang has got to be one of the most known breeds in our world today. They've influenced our history, our landscape and even our cars.
So how much do we actually know about the Mustang?
To begin, the breed's name comes from the Spanish word mesteña which means wild or stray. It's quite a fitting name for the breed since they are known to for roaming free in North America, but they aren't actually considered truly wild horses.
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived with their horses of Barb decent, there weren't any horses roaming free. As they settled into the land, the natives decided to liberate their horses and decided to also use them for transportation. As time went on and North America was becoming more and more populated, some European horse breeds were also brought over. The escaped horses of different breeds would create their own herds and would interbreed. Slowly, the Mustang was created.
The Mustang is known to be a strong breed. They have strong, stocky legs and they have great stamina and speed. They stand anywhere from 13 to 16 hands high and can be seen in many different colours.
Today, there may be around 25,000 Mustangs that are still roaming free. However, it's been estimated that if human's didn't interfere with them, that their population could double in size every four years. Although there are some of reasons why the breed's population needs to be controlled, many Mustang lovers are fighting to protect them and to treat them with the respect that they deserve.
It is fairly easy to find places where someone can adopt a Mustang. Though they make great riding horses, they are not a breed for the beginner, especially if you adopt. You have to remember that they are used to always being on high alert for danger and they aren't used to enclosed spaces. They are also highly sensitive. A Mustang needs to be trained by someone who is patient and who understand the horse's language. They need someone who understands the concept of pressure and release. No horse should ever be trained through force, but I think this is especially true for the Mustang. The last thing you want for a horse that was once free is to make him feel like a prisoner.
There is so much more I could write about on the Mustang, but I thought I would keep this post as a quick overview. I would encourage all of you to continue learning about them anyway as they are such a great breed.
Until next time, happy riding!