What can you tell me about Spanish Mustangs?

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    12-16-2010, 06:18 PM
What can you tell me about Spanish Mustangs?

I'm told my Dancer may be at least part Spanish Mustang. She's certainly not like any quarter horse I've ever had. All I know about her is from her previous owner, who said she came as a rescue out of New Mexico. She has the biggest feet and head for her size that I have ever seen! She looks almost mule-eared, too...

She has a very smooth trot, and has a tendency to drop into an odd four-beat gait my mother calls an indian shuffle or single footing. Don't know anything about that, much, either.

This is a horrible pic of her, but it's the best up close one I have...

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    12-16-2010, 08:19 PM
Your horse is beautiful!

I believe that my Dun Radar is also also part Spanish/ Kiger Mustang. He looks very similiar

Here is a good website
Spanish Mustang History

I have also attached a pic of him , his conformation looks like the conformation of a spanish mustang. I ask alot of ppl but always get conflicting information. At any rate I was told that you can get a hair test DNA or blood test DNA to see if there are any strains of Spanish Mustang in the DNA but I havent pursued that or talk to the vet about that. I am not sure how much it cost to do that either so hopefully someone else has some insight to offer.
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    12-16-2010, 09:42 PM
They do look like they are similar, don't they? However, Dancer's feet are bigger. They look like pie pans!

I checked out the SMR website. There is a grullo stallion that cold be Dancer's twin - except she only has one white foot. I noticed that a lot of them had that same funky head that Dancer does, too...so maybe?

The website said the DNA test wouldn't work to prove that a horse is a Spanish Mustang, so you couldn't use it to register your horse. However, if your horse's dam or sire's DNA is on file, you might be able to find out some of the lineage, I guess. It's pretty pricey, though. Since I'm not planning on breeding her, I guess it doesn't matter. I lover her anyway!
    12-16-2010, 11:15 PM
I didnt catch that about the DNA testing. Yeah , mine is gelded so it really doesnt matter to me but I thought it would be nice to find out for sure what exactly he is. There are alot of websites about Spanish mustangs. I am going to try some other websites and I will let you

It is funny because you say about your horses gait because I have seen my horse do that in the pasture. He has a trot to die for!
    12-17-2010, 08:39 AM
One of these days, when Dancer is in better shape (lost a lot of weight due to a fiasco last summer and nursing Rain) I'm going to get some video of her trot and if I'm lucky, some of that odd gait that she does.
    12-17-2010, 09:18 AM
Green Broke
Willow is at least part mustang. She also has a really big head & huge feet for her size. I'll try to post pictures of her later.
    12-17-2010, 10:12 AM
My gelding is part spanish mustang. He is extremely smooth as well. And he has a big head lol. He has a really thick mane and is a really thick horse. He is around 17 hh too. He has an oober thick mane that comes down past his shoulder and a tail that sweeps the ground.

Heres my boy. Its not the greatest picture of him or me but its all I got since I lost my camera =\

    12-18-2010, 11:51 PM
What do you want to know? I have a registered Spanish Mustang (which is a misnomer their also called Spanish Barba and more correctly the Colonial Spanish Horse). Her pedigree traces back to Etocha Georgia in 1750. These are small (13-15 hh never more) tough horses with great feet and phenomenal endurance. There is no DNA test that proves a horse is a Spanish Mustang, once the papers are lost you can apply as a hardship and the horse would be inspected. They are different from BLM horses as that they are an old breed descended from old Spanish stock without outside influence. They are known to be gaited (certain strains more than others). They are smart, behave differently than modern breeds and have a better concept of self.

There are several registries:

The Spanish Mustang Registry the oldest registry founded in the early 50's by Robert Brislawn and will not register tobianos

The Southwest Spanish Mustang Association an offshoot of the SMR because of the tobiano issue (which we now know is stupid but the rule stands) the SSMA is home to the Choctaw, Cherokee and Gilbert Jones strains colorful often gaited known for their endurance with pedigrees tracing back before the trail of tears

The Horse of the Americas Registry which is an umbrella registry for all strains of CS horses including the Florida Crackers, Bankers, Marsh Tackies, SMR, SSMA, etc and will inspect found horses from the wild but the inspection is conformation, history, etc.

The Spanish Barb Horse Association (formerly the Spanish barb breeders association)

The American Heritage Horse Association only accepts SMR, SSMA, possibly SBBA registered horses and records DNA

There is a lot more! So any questions I can give you answers! I'll update this later as I forgot the AIHR and IBHR
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Edited to add info on the indian shuffle:


And an excellent article about correct type:


Info about head and ears:

Head: The preferred head will have a flat or convex profile. Some Spanish Mustang horses may have a Barb type facial profile with a slight dip just below the eyes, creating an S shape, but should not show a dished face. A dished profile should be considered a severe fault. Viewed from the front, the head will give the impression of an inverted triangle with a broad forehead. A diamond shaped head, with excessive narrowing above the eyes is not typical and should be faulted. The head should show intelligence and nobility. The throatlatch is well defined and has plenty or room for air passageways. The heavier built horse can have a less defined throatlatch than the lighter built animal, but in all cases it should be deep with the hollow on the underside of the jaws quite distinct. The forehead tapers down to a fairly fine muzzle. Muzzles may vary somewhat in size, but in no case should the muzzle be large or coarse. The mouth is shallow and there should be no sign of a parrot mouth or under bite. Lips should be fine. Floppy or thick, coarse lips should be faulted. The nostrils are set low on the nose. Nostrils are fine, crescent shaped and closed when at rest but capable of great expansion when alert or excited. Eyes are fairly wide set and set somewhat high on the face. Small pig eyes are to be faulted as well as overly large eyes. Somewhat slanted eyes or almond shaped eyes are normal. Eyes may be of any color (dark, gray, blue, green, or amber). White rim (sclera) is acceptable in all colors. The eyes should be very alert with the horse showing interest in the activity about it.

Ears: The ears are short to medium length and nicely set upon the head, neither set too close or too far apart. Long narrow or floppy ears are not typical and should be faulted. The preferred ears are wider at the base and notched or curved inward at the tips. The wooly hair inside the ear is often of a lighter color than the base coat and is normal for this breed. In most horses the ears are tipped and rimmed with a darker color than the base coat. The most desirable ears are those that are alert with good mobility.
    12-18-2010, 11:59 PM
Oh that is wonderful that you have so much info on these awesome horses.
I don't want to over take the thread but could you look at the pics of my gelding Radar and tell me what you think ?
There is a pic a few post up as well as some in my albums. I know you would only be going by his conformation but it would be so helpful. He doesnt have a BLM brand at all.

I would really appreciate it if you could take a look, thanks
    12-19-2010, 12:06 AM
Green Broke

100_6836.jpg This is Willow. She is supposed to be a Arab Mustang cross. She has a really big flat head, thick neck, & huge feet.

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