Mustangs are majestic in any hue. A large, wild Mustang population in the United States is protected by the federal government. Commonly called wild, Mustangs are more appropriately termed feral since they are descendants of once domesticated horses. When explorers came to America in the Age of Discovery, they brought with them horse breeds from Spain which today roam free in the West. After the passage of legislation, Mustangs are now protected and monitored in the United States. The Mustang symbolises freedom and America’s Wild West. Mustangs were brought to America by the Spanish as domesticated horses, and became feral in America. Nowadays, the horses live in large herds.
Thought to pose a threat or compete with cattle, it was discovered that Mustangs feed and can survive in areas where cattle could not. They can live farther from water sources from cattle -- sometimes traveling fifty miles per day! Due to the natural selection process, these free spirits are hardy and durable.