The American mustang symbolizes the freedom of the wild west in North America. The word mustang comes from the Spanish word mestena which is roughly translated as a group of wild horses.
The Mustang is a descendant of Spanish horses introduced in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadores. These imported horses formed wild herds after the Spanish conquests, and continued to reproduce with local animals. Their bloodlines carry Barb, Jennet and Andalusian influence.
The American Mustang Association (AMA) was formed in 1962 in San Diego, CA to preserve and document the pedigrees of American Mustang horses.
Horses are registered to meet morphological standards and measurements in the hopes of preserving the characteristics of the original Spanish animals.
The specific physical attributes of registered animals are distinct and the animals cannot be registered under another breeds registry.
Average height 13.2 – 15 hands
Being descendant from the Barb means that a true mustang should have 17 ribs and 5 lumbar vertebrae.
Symmetrical, smooth muscled and well proportioned
Head is refined with a tapering muzzle & carried high and proud
Neck is crested and high set
Shoulder is long and sloping
Back is short and hindquarters are muscular
Low set tail
Legs straight and sound without coarseness
Hooves are wide at the base and dense
Can be any color due to bloodline dilution, although more traditional Spanish horse coloring is valued.
roan | dun | buckskin
The mustang is a wild animal
Full of vigor