Among the many types of horses in the world, one of the most famous is the Mustang. Widely found in the western United States, horses are renowned as a versatile, tough and intelligent breed. Therefore, it is not surprising that the price of the Mustang horse is quite draining.
The origin of the Mustang horse
Reporting from Live Science, the mustang horse is a descendant of the Spanish domestic horse brought to America by the explorers of the Matador Country around the 16th century ago. The name Mustang comes from the Spanish words “mestengo” and “mostrengo,” meaning “wild ox or no man,” according to the Oxford Dictionary.
Often mistaken for wild horses, according to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Mustangs are not technically wild horses because they come from a domestic population. They can be found roaming freely in the western United States, but they are also kept by humans in captivity and ridden like any other horse.
Characteristics of the Mustang horse
Mustangs generally have a muscular build and hard hooves, making them well-suited for adventure and riding, reports Horse Canada, a government-run website. Like other horses, Mustangs are usually measured by hand, reaching 14 to 15 hands in height. This measurement equals 56″ to 60″ (140cm to 150cm). Meanwhile, it weighs about 800 pounds or 360 kg.
In terms of color, Mustangs can come in a variety of different colors, and according to Oklahoma State University, their coat represents the full range of colors found in all horses. Mustangs are usually reddish-brown in color. They can also have various spots and stripes.
Most Mustangs can run or gallop at speeds of 25 mph to 30 mph or 40 to 48 km per hour, although there are Mustangs that have been recorded to reach speeds of 55 mph or 88 km per hour over short distances. That is why this horse is often judged as a tough and agile horse.
As mentioned above, for their habitat, Mustangs live in the grasslands of the western United States and eat mostly grass and shrubs. The US Bureau of Land Management monitors populations of “feral” horses and burros (donkeys) and allows them to run free on 10.9 million hectares of public land. The range is divided into ten herd management areas, including Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana-Dakotas, New Mexico, Oregon-Washington, Utah and Wyoming.
Like other mammals, Mustangs give birth to live young, called foals. According to The American Mustang Guidebook, mother Mustangs carry their foals for an 11-month gestation period and usually give birth in April, May, or early June. This will give the young horse time to grow before the colder months of the year.
Domestic horses, which include the Mustang, typically live about 25 to 30 years in captivity, although some live up to 40 years or more. In contrast, horses living in the wild, such as the wild Mustang population on public lands in the western United States, have shorter lifespans, although they have also been recorded to live up to 36 years, according to Animal University Diversity Web. (ADW) data. Michigan.
For grooming, Mustangs have similar needs to other horse breeds. They have a social nature and will live most comfortably in a group. For those who wish to keep the horse, they must provide a large pasture and contain plenty of grass to eat. In addition, farmers must supplement their diet with wheat and hay. These horses should also have access to clean water at all times and some form of protection.
The price of Mustang horses
|The Mustang era||Price per head|
|Adult male mustang||$1,500 – $4,500|
|Mustang castration||$5,124 – $10,247|
|Female Mustang puppy||$6,000|
|Mustang Mature Woman||$10.00 – $15.371|
We have compiled the Mustang horse price information above from various sources, including the buying and selling of live stock in the United States. When this article was published, the exchange rate of USD 1 was equivalent to Rp 14,900, so the price of a Mustang horse in Uncle Sam’s country started at Rp 22.35 million per head. However, if imported to Indonesia, the price can reach Rp 1 billion to Rp 5 billion per head.
Today, there are more than 70,000 wild Mustangs in the U.S., according to the American Mustang Program. Horse numbers declined dramatically in the 20th century as they were killed and captured for many reasons, including human and dog food. Today, the mustang is protected on public land, along with the burro. The US Congress has declared them living symbols of the historical spirit and avant-garde of the West. This action also allows the horse to be led and controlled.
 Oxford English Dictionary. 2003. Mustang, n. Oxford University Press.