My favorite breed of horse is the Colonial Spanish Horse/Spanish Mustang:
SSMA, SMR, HOA, AIHR-O Rowdy Yates Champion at halter, performance and distance. AIHR Dreamcatcher Award, SMR Grande Conquistador, a Breyer model and Breyerfest performer:
This is SBBA registered Insider:
SSMA Peyote AKA SBBA Monarch:
SSMA Pure Choctaw Perhaps(?) need to get a name on this one:
SSMA Chief Going Streak Pure Choctaw:
SMR Sundowner Rowdy Yates's full brother:
They are extremely versatile excelling in working cows, dressage, endurance, jumping, trail, reining, pleasure, you name it! They come in every color and pattern including all forms of pinto and appaloosa. They have an amazing history of being war horses, calvary mounts, buffalo runners, war ponies, cow ponies, the horses of the pony express. They aren't bred to conform to modern show fads and they look different as well as think different than modern breeds. They are a really old horse. They are smart and personable. They can pack weight easily, don't need grain or shoes and can still beat the grain-fed horse.
John Richard Young, a well known trainer has this to say about Mustangs:
" We have not only let the Mustang die out, we have done our utmost to kill him off,
Just as we slaughtered the buffalo. The crime might be excusable,if we succeeded in breeding a better horse than the true Mustang, but we have not even come near it.. Today a proud horse owner feel's justified in boasting of an exceptional mount that, after special conditioning and plenty of grain-feeding,performs a feat of endurance which any fair Mustang, as reliable records prove, could have duplicated with ease."
“If you don’t catch an Indian Pony in the first two miles,” General Crook is reputed to have said, “then give up the chase, because they’ll run a hundred miles in a day and be fresh to do it again come morning.”
And they just look RIGHT to me. The only thing I don't like about them is the fact that they are Critically Endangered. They have given their genes to every American breed (that I know of), but their legacy is being lost due to the fact that they are so few and that most people don't know what they are or even that they exist. You say I have a Spanish Mustang and people immediately think its a BLM horse and ask you where you adopted it. Nope. She is a purebred her history can be traced back to Etocha, Georgia in 1750. The frustration! I introduce her as Colonial Spanish and then after I explain I let them know they are also called Spanish Mustangs, Spanish Barbs, Indian Ponies...