THE Spanish Mustang

The Spanish Mustang is a recognized breed of horse. In current times, only a small group from the Cerbat (Marble Canyon area near Kingman, AZ) and the Sulphur (Home Mountain Range area near Ogden, UT) herds have been accepted into the Spanish Mustang Registry, Inc.

Robert E. Brislawn of Oshoto, Wyoming, who founded the Spanish Mustang Registry, Inc. in 1957. The Spanish Mustang Registry, Inc. was incorporated in 1957 in Wyoming. The name, Spanish Mustang was recognized by the Agricultural Department of the United States at that time and designates this particular breed only. All other horses claiming to be Spanish Mustangs are misrepresented.

Other herds known to carry high percentages of Spanish Mustang blood are Banker Ponies (NC, VA), Cracker Horses (FL), Kiger Mustangs (OR), and Pryor Mountain Mustangs, (MT). Although, considered “Colonial Spanish Horses”, The Banker, Cracker, Kiger, Pryor Mountain Mustangs are not accepted into the Spanish Mustang Registry and are considered as NON-pure. The locations where these horses reside are known to have draft, arab, quarter and other ranch and farm type horses including Army Remount horses introduction into the general area. The result is a hardy, successful, rangebred grade horse who still fancies the title of "mustang", and whom may carry Spanish presence. 

Cerbat denotes: Horses who are directly or indirectly decending from the Marble Canyon Cerbat group, outside of Kingman Arizona. Cerbats sport the highest number of Spanish Blood Markers in the breed and are known to have the tightest genepool as per blood testing studies. Native American memories traces the Cerbat herd back some 200 years as pure and untainted.

Brislawn denotes: Horses who are direct decendants from varied bloodgroups preserved by the Brislawn family at the Cayuse Ranch in Oshoto Wyoming. These bloodgroups will encompass all of the following, plus many other foundation strains.

McKinley denotes: Horses who are directly or indirectly decending from the McKinley/Romero Ranch in New Mexico. (Dispersed in estate sale 1969) A very rare group, nearly lost in totality.

Bookcliffs denotes: Horses who were direct foundation stock from the Bookcliffs-Utah, group from the 1870’s - 1950’s. The Bookcliffs line tends to sport long thick manesand latteral gait but is no longer a pure strain.

Choctaw/Kiamichi denotes: Horses who were direct foundation stock from the Kiamichi Mountains and are direct decendants from Choctaw Indian bloodgroups. The Chotaw Pony’s were considered among the purest of the Conquistadoran bloodstock.

The Spanish Mustang is a medium sized horse ranging from 13 2 to 15 hands with an average size of approximately 14 2 hands with proportional weight. They are smooth muscled with short backs, rounded rumps and low set tails. Coupling is smooth and the overall appearance is of a well balanced, smoothly built horse. The girth is deep, with well laid back shoulder and fairly pronounced withers. They possess the classic Spanish type head with a straight or concave forehead and a convex nose which is in contrast to the straight forehead and nose of most breeds. Ears are medium to short and usually notched or curved towards each other. Necks are fairly well crested in mares and geldings and heavily crested in mature stallions. Chests are narrow but deep with the front legs joining the chest in an "A" shape rather than straight across. Chestnuts are small or missing altogether, particularly on the rear legs. Ergots are small or absent. Feet are extremely sound with thick walls, many having what is typically known as a "mule foot" which resists bruising due to the concave sole. Canons are short, upper foreleg is long with the canon bone having a larger circumference than other breeds of comparable size and weight. Long strided, many are gaited, with a cmfortable gait such as the amble, running walk or single foot. Some individuals are laterally gaited and do a very credible "paso" gait though without extreme knee action. They are remarkably hardy animals and tend to be less prone to injury, particularly of the legs and feet, than other breeds. They have a very different mentality than "domesticated" horses. They are NOT push button horses and will not abide abuse, however they bond well with their owners and once bonded, become very attached to that person. Highly intelligent with an innate sense of self-preservation, they are not prone to put themslves into any situation which may be destructive or dangerous. They retain a great many of the instincts that allowed them to survive in the feral state. Colors are extremely varied, the inheritance of the early Spanish horses who came in many colors and patterns, including dun, grulla, buckskin, overo and sabino paints and appaloosa, as well as the more common colors of bay, chestnut, black and white.

The Spanish Mustang is a using horse and is versatile and well equipped to compete in varied fields. At present there are horses competing in team penning, dressage, jumping, competitive trail, showing and gymkhana.

The Spanish Mustang Registry, Inc. 
HCR 3, Box 7870, 
Willcox, AZ 85643 

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