In September, 1968, Secretary of State Stewart Udall announced the
creation of the Wild Horse Refuge in the Pryor mountains. Through
the diligent efforts of the Lovell, Wyoming Pryor Mountain Wild
Horse Association, and many other concerned
citizens, this area was set aside to help preserve the unique breed of
American mustang found here. Spotted by Native Americans long before the arrival of European
settlers, wild horses can still be seen by visitors.
For more Information contact:|
Bighorn Canyon Visitor Center
5 Avenue B, P.O. Box 7458
Fort Smith, MT 59035-7458
The Barbary horse originated in northwestern Africa, in what is now Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Historically Barbs have been prized for their endurance and quick bursts of speed. They were imported and bred for racing and hunting throughout Europe. The pure Barb stands approximately 15 hands high, with flat shoulders, low tail and a "ram shaped head". Able to carry large loads and subsist on poor forage, and make ideal military mounts.
The Arabian horse was originally bred by Bedouin tribes. This northern African desert horse is known for its rare beauty. The dished face, arched neck, hardness of foot, great muscular strength, outstanding eyesight and hearing, courage, intelligence, longevity, and stamina make this breed especially sought after. Arabs stand approximately 14 to 15 hands and come in all colors.
The Sorraia is a Portuguese plains horse renown for its hardiness and ability to thrive in a poor environment. They are small horses, between 12 and 13 hands with a dorsal stripe and leg stripes They are always either dun or grullo in color with heavy black manes and tails, and often have black tipped ears.
The Tarpan is an ancestor of the Polish Konik, as well as the mustang. Tarpans ranged in the steppes of the Ukraine and Eastern Europe. These horses were hunted for their meat by early Europeans. Standing between 12 and 14 hands high they were grullo in color with a dorsal stripe and black mane and tail. They became extinct in the late 1800s.
The Andalusion horse was bred by
three different Monasteries in
Spain. Now primarily chestnut or black in color, they are the descendants of an
Iberian breed and lack the dish face of the Arab. These
horses are prized for their pure breeding. They are strong and
sturdy with a smooth gait.
He is the author of the informative book Born Survivors on the Eve of Extinction.
by J. Frank Dobie
University of Texas Press
America's Last Wild Horses|
by Hope Ryden
Mustangs A Return to the Wild*|
by Hope Ryden
Mountain Press Publishing Co.
The Wild Horse of the West|
by Walker D. Wyman
University of Nebraska Press
Roaming Free Wild Horses|
of the American West*
by Skylar Hansen
Wild Horses of America*|
By L. Edward Purcell
*Primarily photo books