BLM Wild Horses and Burros:
"America's Living Legends"
Welcome to the KBR Mustang Gallery! Mustang is a term commonly applied to feral horses found in herds on federal lands. (It comes from the Spanish term potro mesteño which roughly translates as "colt belonging to the grazers".) Since modern horses are not indiginous to North America, these herds originated from an assortment of animals reintroduced to this continent by early explorers, pioneers, miners and ranchers which got loose, or were released, and formed wild bands. In some instances the horses and burros interbred, producing wild mules.
True mustangs are stout legged with short backs, 17 pair of ribs and only 5 lumbar vertebrae (which are located in back of the ribs). Some have a 6th lumbar vertebrae that is fused to the 5th but never a distinct 6th.
The herds vary as do the the horses which produced their herd foundations and the condititions in which they have to survive. For example; in desert areas, the lighter, tough Spanish type characteristics are common. In more lush areas, such as the mountains of northern California, much larger horses can be found, influenced by draft horses which were abandoned by miners after the gold rush in areas which had enough vegetation to support heavier horses.
Do to overpopulation, particularly in fragile desert areas, a significant number of mustangs have been captured and made available for adoption through the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Our experience with mustangs, both those which we have trained and cared for as well as those which we have come in contact with, indicates that they are intelligent, social and athletic. We have enjoyed working with them and would like to share quite a number of these "American living legends " with you in the pages that follow.
The Little Brown Horse
and asked me a question that hurt my pride.
He said, "Son, why on earth would you ride
that little brown horse with the scarred up hide."
Well I set my jaw and looked at the sky,
"Conquistador and Cavalry mount,
"Brought over in ships, without hesitation
"Now, out on the range life's awfully rough.
"Growing up he had to make his own way.
"From the hills to the desert where the coyotes shout
"But he never needs shoes and he never gets sick
"So you see my reasoning is perfectly clear
© 2002, Willis Lamm
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