American Indian Horse
This web site is to describe the horses used by the American Indians (that lived in what is now the United States).
The word "Mustang" comes from the Spanish word, mesteno, meaning "stray or ownerless" horse. This term aptly describes all wild, feral horses in the United States.
Early Indian ethnologists believed the feral Spanish mustangs that roamed the Plains descended from Spanish barb horses lost by Cortez, and that the Plains Indian horses came from these wild Spanish Colonial horses. Roe and others have shown this was not the case. The North American Plains Indians acquired their first horses, and the knowledge of how to handle them, through trade with the Indians of the Southwest. American Indians had to learn to ride and handle horses just like everybody else.
In 1803, with the purchase of the Louisiana Territory by United States from France brought with it the invasion of the American settlers and army. The next one hundred years will see the Indian Horse Culture rise to its highest and then be destroyed. See History 1800-1890 The Indian Horse Period
The Mustang is a feral horse found now in the western United States. Originally these were Spanish horses or their descendants but over the years some have became a mix of numerous breeds.
The Indian Horse of Today
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