Took Dancer to the vet yesterday. This is the first time she's been seen by this particular vet, who specializes in horses (sees all animals, but horses are his passion.) He asked me what breed she was, and I said she was just a grade (absolutely true!) but we thought she might have a bit of Spanish Mustang in her.
His assistant came flying into the exam area wanting to see her when he heard that. He got all excited and said she wasn't Spanish Mustang, she was Kiger mustang, and he had a Kiger at home just like her. Wanted to know where I got her and all that jazz. I never thought about her being Kiger, she came out of New Mexico from what I understand, not the Pacific Northwest - however, her previous owner was so wrong about a lot of things, that Dancer's history is a true unknown.
The assistant claimed that you could tell Dancer was a Kiger because she had tiger stripes on her legs, and zippers, stripes on her ears... all the things that I thought were just typical dun markings.
Anyway, he was so adamant that Dancer was Kiger, that the vet drew blood to send to some university lab for genetic testing. The test won't prove that she is pure anything - they are looking for certain genetic markers that will indicate she has the spanish horse heritage as I understand it.
I may or may not ever hear anything back - I'm not paying for the test the vet and his assistant are paying for it, so it's really none of my business what the results are. (They have a bet going.)
All this goes to prove that my Dancer is uniquely weird. To top it off, a lady and her husband were driving by the vet's office when we were unloading Dancer, and she made her husband circle the block so she could get out and see her up close! (It was a little embarassing, because Dancer is still not up to the weight I want her, vet says she has another 50 pounds to go, which isn't too bad, compared to where she was, and this new feed is really making a difference.)