This collection of fine art Wild Horse Pictures, celebrates the living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West. Featuring pictures the amazing Salt River Wild Horses
The terms "Wild Horse" and "Mustang" are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between the two.
A wild horse refers to any horse that is not domesticated and lives in the wild, regardless of its specific breed or origin. Wild horses can be found in various parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. They are descendants of domesticated horses that escaped or were released into the wild and have adapted to survive and thrive in natural environments.
On the other hand, a Mustang specifically refers to a wild horse breed that is found in North America, primarily in the western United States. Mustangs are descendants of horses brought to the Americas by European explorers and settlers, including Spanish horses that escaped or were released. Over the centuries, these horses established feral populations and developed distinct characteristics.
In summary, while all Mustangs are wild horses, not all wild horses are Mustangs. Mustangs are a specific breed of wild horse found in North America, whereas wild horses can refer to any horse living in the wild, regardless of breed or geographic location.
In 1971, the United States Congress recognized that "wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people."