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The first Mustangs descended from Iberian horses brought to Mexico and Florida. Most of these horses were of Andalusian, Arabian and Barb ancestry. Some of these horses escaped or were stolen by Native Americans, and rapidly spread throughout western North America. Native Americans quickly adopted the horse as a primary means of transportation. Interestingly, in light of the horse's prehistoric existence in the Americas, many Indian myths and stories about the arrival of horses claimed that "the grass remembered" them. Horses replaced the dog as a travois puller and greatly improved success in battles, trade, and hunts, particularly buffalo hunts. Many tribes bred their horses carefully to improve them for their purposes. Among the most capable horse-breeding people of North America were the Comanche, the Shoshoni, and the Nez Perce. The latter in particular became master horse breeders, and developed one of the first truly American breeds: the Appaloosa. Most other tribes did not practice extensive amounts of selective breeding, though they sought out desirable horses through capture, trade and theft; plus quickly traded away or otherwise eliminated those with undesirable traits.

A Mustang is a free-roaming feral horse of the North American west. It first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. The name "Mustang" is also popular for high-performance products and sports mascots. In 1971, the United States Congress recognized Mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people.” Today, Mustang herds vary in the degree to which they can be traced to original Iberian horses. Some contain a greater genetic mixture of ranch stock and more recent breed releases, others are relatively unchanged from the original Iberian stock, most strongly represented in the most isolated populations.

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    Tory

    Age: 19Y Sex: F

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    Comet

    Age: 21Y Sex: M

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  • Annie
    Annie

    Age: 11Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Belladonna
    Belladonna

    Age: 12Y Sex: F

    United States

  • Spice
    Spice

    Age: 25Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Poncho
    Poncho

    Age: 12Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Thunder
    Thunder

    Age: 12Y Sex: M

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  • Cookies
    Cookies

    Age: 13Y Sex: F

    France

  • Duke
    Duke

    Age: 13Y Sex: M

    United States

  • Gonzo
    Gonzo

    Age: 11Y Sex: M

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