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RU Pardner, RU Sebastian, RU Shivna, & RU Prodigal Son with a friend on the western plains
Photos by Victoria Hanke.

Question / Problem:

Where did the American mustangs originate?



Mustangs are not “wild” in the same sense that elk or buffalo are; they were, at one time, domestic animals.  The horses that currently roam the range are descended from horses released by Spanish conquistadors during the 16th century. Later, horses were released by American Indians and settlers, also contributing to the “wild” horse population. There was a large infusion of domesticated horses to the herds in the early 1900’s during the switch over from horse power to automotives.


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