When I purchased my gelding, Roux, last June his previous owner said he came from Washington or Oregon. Other than a few exaggerations on his training that is about the only info I had on his history.
I think that my horse is at least part if not full Mustang. He acts just like another mustang I had a few years back and his trot and lope are similar. He even is mildly gated, I say that because I can't get him to do it if I try, only when I am not expecting it.
So on my quest to find out where my guy came from and if he is a mustang I started to do some research. It doesn't really mater but curiosity got the best of me since he is an unusual horse and has some unusual characteristics.
I found the South Steens HMA Mustangs and I have to say they have a lot of horses that I think look like my boy. I have contacted them to see if they can locate him from a previous "gather" to get some info. The people who run this park take very detailed photos and history of every horse so it would be cool if they had a pic of him as baby or something. They thought it was very possible he was from their herd and told me that horses that are gathered have a freeze brand on their necks... unfortunately my horse is snow white where the brand should be and I can't see it past the winter woolies. I am hoping its there when he slicks out but a freeze brand on white isn't easy to see.
Genitally speaking I know he couldn't have come from just any heard. He has paint markings, blue eye and flaxen. I know there is more to genetics than color and I think many of the horses in this herd have similar confo to my guys as well. Especially the giant head and big butts.
I am going to post some pics of my horse and some of the Steens Mustangs to get opinions or to see if any one has had a horse from there!
Thanks for reading!
My horse Roux:
He is the one in front:
And one to show off his ORANGE mane-
South Steens Horses (ALL photo credits to them):