Look back to our stuggle for freedom,
Trace our present-day strength to its source,
And you'll find that man's pathway to glory
Is strewn with the bones of a horse.
What Is a Mustang?
Mustangs are feral horses that roam on America's land. They were released many years ago by the Spaniards, where they reproduced and became wild. (For more information, see Mustang history) The word mustang comes from the Spanish word Mesteño or monstenco, meaning wild or stray. They stand at about 14 hh (56 inches) at the whithers and weigh under 1000 pounds. Mustangs can have virtually any coat coloring including pinto and appaloosa. They live in ten of America's western states where they feed mostly on grass, weeds, and shrubs. They are extremely hardy and tough after living in the wild for generations. They are muscular without appearing overly so, and have strong legs that can run them as fast as 35 miles per hour. Their hooves are well-built and tough from the rocky ground. Mustangs are also equipped with large lungs perfect for traveling long distances. Their teeth are excellent for grinding up tough forage and other food. Their tails serve as fly-swatters for both themselves and their companions. Mustangs are built with a short neck and back with straight legs. Their tails are low-set. The mustangs' eyes are alert and broad-set as the head narrows down to a fine muzzle. The mustang has a very spirited, proud look.