All About Wild Mustangs | SPIRIT COMES TO LIFE

All About Wild Mustangs | SPIRIT COMES TO LIFE

November 9, 2019 9 By William Hollis


– [Narrator] When
Lucky met Spirit, a beautiful buckskin mustang, she knew he was born to be free. – Spirit can’t be owned. When I was riding
him I felt free. And, if it’s all right with you, that’s how I’d like him to stay. Free. – [Narrator] Mustangs
are symbols of freedom and the American west. But, where did they come from? Let’s find out on
“Spirit Comes to Life.” In modern day America,
mustangs still roam the plains. More than half of the free
roaming mustang population is found in Nevada,
where they’re protected from interference with humans
and form their own herds. (horse neighs) And, while these horses are
often referred to as wild, they’re actually descended
from captive breeds. The only true wild
horse in existence today is a breed called
Przewalski’s horse, an endangered and rare
breed found in Mongolia, characterized by a
short, stocky build and primitive markings. Horses with these
markings can be found in French cave paintings
by early humans that were done as far
back as 20,000 years ago. Showing that once humans
discovered horses, they were fascinated by them and eventually started
using them for everything, from hunting to
transportation to corralling. So,how did horses
get to North America? Well, early versions
of horses existed here 55 million years ago. But by the last ice
age 11,000 years ago, they’d left the area of
North America altogether, likely due to the
changing climate. They didn’t return until 1493, when Christopher Columbus
sailed from Spain, bringing Spanish horses
with him by boat. His reintroduction of
horses to the Americas changed everything. For Native Americans,
horses became integral to to allowing trade and
facilitating the easy hunting of fast-moving bison. And as time went on,
new breeds of horses began to arise, like mustangs! Mustangs can be any color, and are known to
have great endurance and be incredibly sure-footed. Which comes in handy for Lucky. It’s believed that stray horses
in the United States Calvary as well as escaped ranch
horses helped to create the free roaming
mustangs we have today. And the word mustang is
descended from the Spanish word, musteno, meaning wild
or having no master. And, that’s how wild mustangs
like Spirit will remain. (horse neighs) (gasp) – He picked me! (horse neighs) – [Narrator] Watch “Spirit
Riding Free” on Netflix for more of Lucky’s adventures,
bravery, and friendship.