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American Mustang

A SYMBOL OF THE AMERICAN WEST, MUSTANGS HAVE AN UNDENIABLE SPIRIT.

Proud, majestic and—most of all—free. These are the characteristics people cherish about the American Mustang, the wild horse that has lived off the land in North America for centuries.

Although equines originally lived on the continent,

horses had become extinct here by the time Spanishexplorers arrived on the shores of the New World in the 16th century. The ancestors of today’s horse had traveled across the Bering Land Bridge into Asia, where they thrived.

When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on his second expedition, he had horses with him. These Iberianbred horses were the irst of their kind to set foot on the continent since the species had disappeared in the Americas thousands of years ago.

Within 200 years, the horses had lourished on the North American continent with the help of the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. Responsible for caring for the Spaniards’ horses, the Pueblo people secretly learned how to ride.

When the Spaniards were expelled from the Southwest during the Pueblo Revolt, many of the horses remained. The Pueblo tribes became adept horsemen, and over time, horses spread north to the Plains tribes and those in the Paciic Northwest. By the 1800s, Native Americans throughout the West had made the horse an integral part of their culture.

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