Can Wild Mustangs Be Tamed?
Mustangs are descendants of the Spanish/Iberian horses, historically brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers dating back to the 16th century.
The Mustang name was from the Spanish word mustengo, which means “beast without an owner” or particularly “stray horse.”
A lot of people regard mustangs as wild horses rather than a specific breed.
These horses were bred with other types of horses, including the quarter horses and draft horses, to create the mustang horse breed we know today.
History of Mustang Horses
The Mustang Horses belong to the Equus genus, which originated in North America about 4 million years ago and spread to Eurasia (probably crossing the Bering land bridge) 2 to 3 million years ago.
The last prehistoric horses in North America became extinct 13,000 to 11,000 years ago, at the end of the Pleistocene, but by then Equus had spread to Asia, Europe, and Africa.
After the Spanish reintroduced horses into the Americas, the Native Americans soon used these beasts for transportation.
The pioneers liked these horses because they have fantastic endurance and speed.
Plus, their sturdier legs make them less prone to injury, making them ideal for long trips.
Can mustangs be trained? Are Mustang horses friendly?
Since then, Mustangs are bred with French and thoroughbred horses.
Prior to the fact that mustangs are descendants of escaped domesticated horses, wildlife management agencies consider them somewhat feral instead of being “wild.”
However, this designation is controversial among mustang advocates.
The Tarpan and Przewalski are the only two genuinely wild horse breeds that have been discovered.
The Mustang is not on any endangered list, although people are requesting to change that.
About 100 years ago, around 2 million mustangs roamed the terrain of North America.
Now, fewer than 25,000 of the horse breed remain in the wild.
Are wild mustangs friendly?
A mustang can be tamed and inherently domesticated with training.
As a matter of fact, all horses are tamable when they receive the proper training.
Basic training can be done in about a month by an experienced horse handler.
After this, experienced riders can ride the horse.
As you probably know, a horse’s temperament and mind vary from horse to horse.
How To Familiarize Yourself With A Wild Horse?
You need to approach it and be very calm as you do so. There is no point in trying to catch or trick your horse.
They must trust you enough to let you get close alone.
Sometimes you can lure him into approaching you with an apple or two. Horses love apples.
You must show the initiative to dominate the situation.
Your horse needs to know that you are in control. Horses are herd animals and will allow you to be the master.
You will need to approach the horse from the front. You cannot sneak up on it from behind because it will see you.
Even if you managed to sneak up from behind, a surprise attack never works on the mustang horse.
Horses have blind spots directly in front of the nose, so you must approach them from the side.
When you’re close enough, you can gently tighten your shoulders while remaining visible.
It would be best if you familiarized the horse with your smell and touch.