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Birth of the Breed - The Spanish Mustang



In the mid-1950's a group of dedicated men met to form an organization for the purpose of preserving the last of the true, old-type Spanish Mustangs, a breed that once roamed the western part of the United States in great numbers but was now threatened with extinction. The efforts of Robert E. Brislawn of Oshoto, Wyoming, were the primary moving force that brought this group together.To preserve the breed, Brislawn collected individual animals that he considered the best examples of the breed. He chose his stock carefully, culling out those he believed less than ideal.


The name "Spanish Mustang" was agreed upon as the most descriptive of the breed and the Spanish Mustang Registry was born. Noted for its stamina and toughness, both in fact and in legend, this breed truly shows its Spanish inheritance in its ability to survive and multiply where other breeds would have perished. Considered to be finest in the known world at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the Spanish horses left in their tough, hardy descendants a legacy that endures to this day. Once the horses were left in the Americas, their heads grew larger, the ears longer, their eyesight acuter, and they developed a great sense of direction. They were greatly changed in conformation through feral life and feed, acquiring over time qualities not found in the domesticated horse.

The Spanish horse has had a profound influence on many breeds. Today's Spanish Mustang retains those qualities that allowed the Spaniards to conquer a new world. Today, fewer than 3000 Spanish Mustang horses remain. Already threatened, without focused efforts to retain a broadcross section of the Spanish Mustang Registry's foundation bloodlines, the breed will become extinct. It is critical this breed survive as a living, visual example of the history of the founding of America. 

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The Spanish Mustang Preserve Inc. was founded in 2014 to provide support to these magnificent animals. Through education and increased awareness we hope to ensure that this rich piece of history will not be lost. Your generous donation will be used in direct support of Spanish Mustangs that are part of the original Spanish Mustang Registry founded in 1957. By donating your efforts will help the Spanish Mustang Preserve feed, provide veterinary care and infrastructure for the horses. You are choosing to take part in saving this historic and beautiful horse for future generations.  


Spanish Mustang Preserve Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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