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The American Mustang horse is one of the most revered horses in the united states. Over centuries the American Mustang has come to represent many significant aspects of American history. The American Mustang has a long history and is still frequently used for a variety of purposes. This article will talk about the history and the significance of the Mustang horse. 


Spanish explorers introduced the Mustang to North American back in the 16th century. Since then, the Mustang has held a prominent place in its history and formation of the country. The American Mustang makes up a mix of other horse breeds including Arabian, Barb, and Andalusian. In the 1800s settlers from the east coast of the country used the American Mustang horse to travel westward. The American Mustang is a sturdy and athletic horse and can be difficult to tame and ride for people who are inexperienced. The American Mustang’s hooves are hard and sturdy because of their long history of being free-roaming horses. This makes them an even more attractive option for work and travel horses in the past. At one point there were millions of free-roaming horses across North America. Farmers and other people hunted these free-roaming horses in order to make room for their livestock in that area. Luckily the government passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act in 1971 to stop the killing of these free-roaming horses and preserve their significance in history. 

Physical Characteristics

Mustangs come in a variety of different colors and are known for their looks and frame. The Mustangs have extremely proportionate bodies making them great show horses that are able to participate in hard labor at the same time. The size of the Mustang horse can range from 13 to 16 hands with 14 hands being the overall average size of the horse. ‘Hands’ are used as a measurement tool for horses and equal to about four inches each hand. The grooming requirements of the Mustang horse are relatively low and easy to maintain. 

The American Mustang horse is one of the more popular horses in the united states today. Today, you will be able to see Mustang horses both in competitions, shows and even in the wild. There are some Mustang horses that continue to be free-roaming, making them a feral species. A feral species simply means that they went from being domesticated to being wild.