Rare Breeds

Trail Rider - - RESCUE REPORT -

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.

AU­DREY PAVIA PHOTO

The sanc­tu­ary pro­vides a home for rare Span­ish, Sul­phur, Sor­raia, Choctaw, and Kiger Mus­tangs. Shown is a Choctaw mare and foal.

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