ANIMAL INFOGRAPHICS: MUSTANGS
Learn about the symbol of the American frontier and freedom, the majestic mustang. Check out this infographic for information on the mustang’s history, habitat, its life running free today, and some fun facts.
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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MUSTANGS
American Mustangs (Equus caballus) are symbols of the American frontier. Athletic and agile, they roam through the plains in many western states and have a long history in North America.
American Mustangs derived from the descendants of horses brought to North America by Spanish Explorers in the 16th century. Their name comes from the Spanish word “ustengo”. At one point in time, about 100 years ago, there were more than 2 million roaming the land throughout the United States.
Modern mustang populations have decreased significantly. In 1971, Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, protecting horses and making it illegal to capture or kill them. If a herd grows too large the Bureau of Land Management will round up mustangs and sell them to be tamed.
- Mustangs typically dwell in plains and prairies but are capable of living in rough, rocky terrains
- Diet consists mostly of grasses
- Largest population is in Nevada, but they can also be found throughout the west, including Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and more
- Typical size range is 13-16 hands
- Weigh between 700-800 pounds
- Normally travel up to 20 miles per day
- Grown males are called “stallions” and grown females are called “mares”
- Male and female horses under four are called “colts” and “fillies”, respectively
- Average lifespan in wild is 15-20 years