A mustang even though a mixed blood by definition has a 500 year history (The infiltration of domestic stock occurred only since about 200 years ago-Hardy Oelke) and as a zoologist explained to me some time ago the primitive and latent DNA will resurface, given time and a chance. Which is how we explain dorsal stripes, other primitive markings and skeletal variances in spanish mustangs etc.
Therefore it takes generations of horse units to live and reproduce in the natural environment to slowly develop what a "typical" (if there is such a thing) Mustang looks like, moves like and lives like. This is not accomplished within one or even 5 generations, especially not when the offspring again is not tested by nature but lives in a controlled and protected environment.
Nonetheless the concept seems to resurface over and over and actually presents an opportunity for study. A great number horses at the sanctuary fall under that above mentioned category and now go through training, being prepared to be used and/or sold. (Meanwhile I am working with the spanish and BLM horses) Combined with a growing conviction of fertility control and restricted breeding a controlled environment study like at the sanctuary could yield pertinent and realtime information and data for the Dept of Interior to convey to the BLM for use in their WILD HORSE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES. It also substantiates the fact that the FREE ROAMING WILD HORSE AND BURRO PROTECTION ACT (1971) did not intend for the wild herds in HMA's (BLM Horse management areas) to be used as test objects and experimental individuals.
|From an old pictorial magazine|