Wild Horse Facts
Over 100 years ago there were an estimated 2 million mustangs roaming the range.
Only approximately 25,000 mustangs roam the United States today.
Horses became domesticated about 4,000 to 5,000 years ago in the region of the Black Sea. Once man tamed the horse, horses performed many duties.
Horses are herd animals. They live in groups and help one another survive.
The word mustang comes from the Spanish word mustengo, which means “ownerless beast.” The American mustangs originally came from the Spanish stock of horses brought to America in the beginning of the 16th century.
Wild horses in North America live on islands off the Atlantic coast, as well as on the mainland. Small populations of horses live on Sable Island (Canada), Assateague Island (coast of Maryland and Virginia), Shackleford Island (off the coast of North Carolina) and Cumberland Islands (off the coast of Georgia). As well as the following western states including Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, California, Colorado, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota and New Mexico.