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Kiger Mustangs are a type of horse that were discovered in 1977, during a roundup by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Beatys Butte, located in southeastern Oregon (Harney County) in the United States." During the roundup, it was noticed that among those horses collected from the area, there was a group with similar color and markings. Testing was done at the University of Kentucky and the DNA showed close relation to the Spanish horses brought over in the 1600s. It was agreed that these horses would be separated from the other horses and the BLM placed two groups in different Horse Management Areas (HMAs) to preserve the breed. Seven horses were placed in Riddle Mountain HMA and twenty in Kiger HMA.

The Kiger Mustang is an “established breed”, that is, breeding true for generations to a certain type. Many of today’s existing Kiger Mustangs can be traced back to a single stallion named “Mesteño”, whose name means “stray” or “feral” in Spanish.

Kiger Mustangs are primarily dun in color and have primitive markings, including zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders as well as stripe running down the middle of the back into the tail—this is called a dorsal stripe. Typically a dun horse is a shade of muted tan or a light brown-gray with dark brown or black manes. A dun colored horse may have many, but not all, of the primitive markings which include the dorsal stripe, two-toned manes and/or tails, zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders, dark color around muzzle and ears with dark outlines and lighter interiors. Dun horses are generally identified as simply duns or grullas.

Kiger Mustangs, as a rule, are agile and intelligent, with the stamina and surefootedness seen in many feral horse breeds. Bold and with lots of “heart and bottom” (a term for courage and determination) but gentle as well as calm, they are ideal for pleasure riding as well as trail, performance, endurance, driving, and many other situations that an athletic horse is desired.

The horse featured in the Disney animated film , was based on a real Kiger Mustang called “Donner”. (information from Wikipedia)

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  • Albert1000
    Albert1000over 6 years ago

    Oh, nice image.

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 6 years ago

    Tremendous work. Well composed.

  • the6tees
    the6teesover 6 years ago

    Powerfull Looking Horse, Well Done!

  • moonstone
    moonstoneover 6 years ago

    Oh wow this is gorgeous

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 6 years ago

    truely beautiful image

  • coolart
    coolartover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous art work

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 6 years ago

    Top Shelf work!!!

  • Tiffany Brown
    Tiffany Brownalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful work!!!!

  • SKNickel
    SKNickelalmost 5 years ago

    The duns with black points are my all time favorite colors along with the buckskins. Your art work is just beautiful.

  • skyhorse
    skyhorsealmost 5 years ago

    beautiful work Barb, the kiger mustang is a stunning equine & it’s good to see the bloodlines are being kept pure, the Spanish ancestory shows in their lovely heads

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