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post #1 of 20 Old 01-16-2007, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Kiger Mustang

I don't know if you guys have heard of this breed but the breed was found With all the horses looking the same...There all Dun. There SO pretty!
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-19-2007, 12:25 PM
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i've heard of the breed before i've just never seen on in really life heh...beautiful horseys though.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-19-2007, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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I decided that you guys may have never seen one, so here is a picture....

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post #4 of 20 Old 01-19-2007, 03:11 PM
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I'd never heard of a Kiger Mustang, where can you find them? Are they wild like other Mustangs??
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I am going to post only a Small part of the history and characteristics of the breed, you can find the rest of this on http://www.highdesertkigers.com/Kigerhistory.html

A Little Bit of history, Many people thought that the Wild Spanish Mustangs had all been crossbred and extinct as a whole until someone came across a remote area in oregon...

The American Mustang herds of the 1930’s were vastly different from the pure Iberian
Horse introduced by Columbus, the horses that served the early Spanish explorers, the
American Plains Indian and the Cowboy for four hundred years. Most horse enthusiasts
Thought the vast herds of pure Spanish Mustangs had become extinct. Imagine the delight
Of the BLM wildhorse specialists when in 1977 in a remote area of South Eastern Oregon
They noticed a group of twenty-seven horses that carried the color, confirmation and
Primitive markings of the Spanish Mustang. All the horses in the herd were some shade of
Dun ranging from buckskin to claybank and Grullo. All had the dorsal stripes and zebra
Stripping on their legs and the classic barb head. For four hundred years these horses had
Apparently inhabited the remote and rugged desert of southeastern Oregon undetected and
Unchanged. They had been culled by nature, the most critical judge of all, fired in the
Crucible of war and molded by the necessity of survival. The BLM immediately began to
Take steps toprotect this national treasure. This herd of twenty-seven horses were
Gathered and held in the Burns district facility until a suitable area was found to release
Them. To prevent losing all the horses to a natural catastrophe, two Herd Management
Areas were established in a remote area of southeastern Oregon. Twenty were let loose in
The Kiger Herd Management area and the remaining seven were released in the Riddle
Mountain HMA. Today, the BLM protects and manages these unique horses (The Kiger
Mustang) to maintain a pure gene pool.

Since the discovery of these special horses, blood tests done at the University of Kentucky
Have found genetic markers intact and clearly tying the Kiger to the Spanish horses ridden
By early Spanish Explorers (the Andalusian, Sorraia). The Kiger is very intelligent, and
Learns extremely fast. It is noted for its stamina and toughness. The Kiger matures slowly
And has a long and useful life-span. Broodmares continue to produce well into their mid
And late twenties. They are easy keepers, thriving on grass alone even under working
Conditions. The disposition of the Kiger displays a unique combination of hot blooded
Spanish temperament combined with a gentle, calm willingness to please. Stallions are
Well mannered and easily managed.

For two thousand years equestrians have considered the horses of the Iberian Peninsula
The ideal horse. The Greeks used the Iberian horse as a model for Pegasus; the Romans
Ruled the known world from the back of Iberian stallions. Spain conquered the vast
Empires of the New World riding the world’s greatest war-horse. Bred to handle the agile
Bulls of Spain, they were a tailor-made buffalo horse and war pony for the American
Indian, and for the American cowboy more than a match for the wiley longhorn. Centuries
Ago, the conquistadors sailed to the New World with horses. Since this rugged steed set
Foot on the rocky soil of America, it has remained a legend so intertwined with the
Conquest of a nation that it has become history in the flesh.

For today’s equestrian or horse lover who is looking for stunning equine beauty, the most
Noble of companions, a mount combining spirit with gentleness; and for the sportsperson
Who wants a partner who is a fast learner with supreme athletic ability, there is no better
Choice than the Kiger Mustang, the embodiment of an American Legend.

Thankyou to http://www.highdesertkigers.com/Kigerhistory.html
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I find this (and the friesians) The most interesting history of a breed yet. I love to read history of all horses, Alot are very unique and Interesting..Different History for all breeds.
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that's so cool! Thanks for posting that! And they're really beautiful, I wish I had one....

PS- Rose, don't be jealous!!! I wuv you!!
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Another interesting fact...

The horse that Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimmaron is based off of is A Kiger Mustang....
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That is interesting! So, why is his herd not the same color?
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post #10 of 20 Old 01-23-2007, 09:43 PM
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There is a breeder in here in GA that breeds Kigers, her stud is a beautiful silver color. The majority of them are dun but not all of them....
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