Daniel Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap In the colonial era, beforethe west was of high priority for settlers and politicians.
Horses were brought back to North America by the Spanish in the s.
The word refers to a farmer's guild mestasignifying these animals had no true owner. Russel Horses on the Great Plains Reintroduction of horses changed the social and environmental landscape of the Great Plains, most notably for the Plains Indians.
Their acquisition of the horse changed their culture from pedestrian hunter-gatherers to mounted buffalo hunters and warriors. Horses played a significant role in the exploration and settlement of the United States. The unowned, untamed bands of horses on the Great Plains were and are commonly referred to as wild; the correct designation of these animals is "feral," as they are descended from domesticated animals.
These feral horses figured prominently in the cultural history of the American West.
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During the modern ranching era, feral horses came to be regarded as a nuisance. Cattlemen worked to exterminate these animals throughout the West. In the s and s, efforts to preserve feral horses began. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act mandated the protection of these animals as a "national heritage species.
While ranching near Medora in the s, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: In a great many - indeed, in most - localities there are wild horses to be found, which, although invariably of domestic descent, being either themselves runaways from some ranch or Indian outfit, or else claiming such for their sires and dams, yet are quite as wild as the antelope on whose domain they have intruded.
Throughout the late s and early s, cowboys in the Badlands captured horses for use as ranch or rodeo stock.
Prior to park establishment inranchers used this area to graze their livestock. A horse round-up held in removed branded animals. Of the few small bands of horses that eluded capture, several were thought to be the descendants of horses that had run free in the Badlands since the turn of the century.
With a bald face and white side patches, this horse resembles those popularized in western art during the s. As depicted in drawings and early photographs, local horses of that era were typically large-headed, short-backed, and a bit larger than the mustang of the southern Plains.
They were often blue or red roans, many having "bald" white faces and patches of white on their sides. This color pattern, called an "apron," may be familiar from the paintings of Frederic Remington and C.
Russell, but is seldom seen in modern horses. Horses travel in groups known as "bands. For many years the National Park Service attempted to remove all the horses from the park. This policy was reversed in when the horse was recognized as part of the historical setting.
The park is home to numerous bands of horses, representing the experience of Theodore Roosevelt during the open range ranching era. These feral horses are preserved as a cultural resource.
You can learn more about how the park manages the horse population by visiting our Horse Management page.Mustangs are free-roaming horses of the American west that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish.
Mustangs are often referred to as wild horses, but because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they are properly defined as feral horses.
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