Not many people know about the interesting history of mustangs. These wild horses live free in the American west and are descendants of the horses bought by the Spanish to America. In 2002, DreamWorks released a movie called Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, an animated western film that follows the life and adventures of an energetic, young mustang stallion in the Wild West. The movie, directed by Lorna Cook and Kelly Asbury and created by John Fusco, got a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards that year. The movie does not really show the animals talking, but they communicate through facial expressions and sounds. Spirit’s thoughts come out in narrations, voiced by Matt Damon.
Many would consider mustangs as a wild horse. However, since they originated from tamed horses from Spain, this term has been intensely debated over. A better definition and classification for them is feral horse.
During the 1970s, the US congress recognized the mustang as “a living symbol of the pioneer spirit and history of the wild American west. It continues to add to the mixture of different life forms found in the nation and it enriches the lives and heritage of American people”. The mustang herds that run free vary in heritage but are generally traced to the Iberian horses. Most of the mustangs have compact bodies, but very good and strong bone structures. These horses are also very hefty and can survive in many different climates and environments.
The current mustang population and count is protected and managed by the BLM or Bureau of Land Management. These horses usually wonder off to livestock ranches and take food and water there. Many livestock farm owners send these animals off their farms, however some do welcome them.