Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian
Also the fact that they are a part of old west and not in bred or tampered with for the most part is amazing to me.
You've bought into the romanticized myth and not the actual history of the mustangs.
The feral horses of today, with very
few exceptions, only date back to around the early part of the 20th century.
The mustang of today is a blend of old cavalry mounts, horses who were purposely bred by ranchers, and the odd domestic horse gone feral.
As late as the 1960s, ranchers were corralling herds and shooting the band stallions so they could let their own stallions breed with the feral mares. It was quite common back in the 1940s to do this, which is why you see so many types of feral horses, from draft to TB looking animals.
So your idea that they haven't been tampered with in any way isn't correct. They've been tampered with the whole time there have been feral horses in the wild.