10 Interesting Facts About Wild Mustangs

  1. Mustangs are descendants of Spanish, or Iberian, horses that were brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the 16th century.
  2. Australian wild horses are called brumbies.
  3. There are laws in the U.S. protecting wild horses, but the amount of land available to them is getting smaller.
  4. The name of this breed literally means “ownerless beast,” which helps to foster the reputation of this breed being a wild and free horse.
  5. It is against the law for civilians to capture or kill ownerless Mustangs.
  6. The adoption fee for a Mustang is just $125.
  7. The United States Congress in the year 1971 honored the Mustang horse with the title of "living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.
  8. The Mustang is known for its intelligence and independent spirit.
  9. Each herd has a lead mare, who is an older female Mustang. Her role is to lead the herd away from danger, while the stallion of the herd stays back and tackles the reason for danger.
  10. Around 100 years ago, about 2 million Mustangs roamed the North American terrain. On the other hand, today we only have 25,000 Mustangs in the United States of America. More than half of the Mustangs existing in the US are in Nevada, with the rest of the Mustang population found in parts of Oregon, Wyoming and Montana. It's high time we do something to prevent the numbers from plummeting further. As of today, the Mustang population is protected and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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