The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary is the home of the Institute of Range and American Mustang’s Spanish Mustang preservation project, formally known as the Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills. The goal of the program is to preserve, promote, and educate the public about rare Spanish and Portuguese equine bloodlines still found in today’s American mustangs.
According to the Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills website, “Majestic and iconic Spanish jennets came to the New World with the Spanish explorers and conquistadors in search of new lands and riches. The Iberian horses left behind were in many ways worth more than the gold they had discovered in the New World; safeguarding this shrinking treasure chest of genetic wealth from ancient times is the mission of this project, with significant focus on helping to reclaim the Sorraia mustang.”
The sanctuary provides a home for Spanish, Sulphur, Sorraia, Choctaw, and Kiger Mustangs, all considered rare Spanish breeds; only 200 Sorraias and 300 Choctaws are left in the world.
For more information on the Spanish Mustang Spirit of the Black Hills, visit www.spanishmustangspirit.com.
The sanctuary provides a home for rare Spanish, Sulphur, Sorraia, Choctaw, and Kiger Mustangs. Shown is a Choctaw mare and foal.