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International Society for The Protection of Mustangs and Burros Offers Intriguing Insights About Mustangs

 


To a large number of people, wild mustangs are a symbol of unbroken spirit, tenacity, and freedom.  This American breed has an extremely rich history, and can make incredible riding partners if given the proper training.  The volunteers of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) say that while mustangs are relatively smaller horses, they tend to be exceptionally intelligent and versatile. Most mustangs stand between 14 and 15 hands high and weigh about 800 pounds. They know how to survive in the wild, and navigate difficulties effectively.

Today mustangs prominently live in the wilderness of the western part of the United States. They originated from Spanish horses that were brought into the country by European settlers. Many of these horses eventually escaped or were freed. They ended up forming herds and lived in the wild. In the early 1900s, there were around two million mustangs in the United States. However, at the current date, approximately thirty thousand mustangs are still in existence. Organizations like International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros have been formed over the years to ensure their protection. Adopting wild mustangs and giving them a proper home would be among the best ways to have a hand in the protection and well-being of these majestic beasts.

Mustangs come in an expansive array of coat colors. While most of them have bay and chestnut coats, there are many with grey, roan, palomino, pinto and black coat colors as well.  No matter their coat colors, all mustangs are extremely magnificent beasts. Due to their wild heritage, mustangs tend to be pretty surefooted and hardy. These qualities make the mustangs perfect working horses and trail horses. They are able to navigate terrain better than most of the other horse breeds. Mustangs are quite versatile, and can be used for trail riding, ranch work, dressage, and more. As mustangs are smaller sized horses, they are known to be well-suited for riders with shorter height. They are versatile and suitable for a wide array of disciplines and activities, which is a major factor making adopting mustangs a good idea. However, it also is vital to note that the temperament of these horses range from hot and reactive to calm and cooperative. Hence, one must be properly experienced in riding and taking care of a horse, before choosing to adopt a mustang.

According to the volunteers of International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, Mustangs do not have any particular grooming requirements. However, much like any other horses, they do benefit from regular currying and grooming that promotes superior coat health. Even though mustangs do have strong hooves, proper hoof care is also important to their health. In the wild, mustangs survive by feeding on grass and brush. Hence, in the initial days, one may have to restrict their access to lush pasture, as overgrazing can result in obesity and related problems.

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