Colorado Feral Horses
What are Colorado feral horses? Feral horses are horses which live in an untamed state but have ancestors who have been domesticated, separating them from what are commonly known as “wild” horses. There are zero original wild horses from pre-domestication times that are in existence today, therefore every horse living in the wild today are in all technicality feral.
It is no secret that the best-known examples of feral horses are the “wild” horses of the American west, which includes the great state of Colorado. When Europeans reintroduced many horse breeds to the Americas some horses escaped and formed feral herds. These herds are known today as Mustangs. For more information on feral horses in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property.
Feral Horses Around the World
In North America, feral horses are descendants of horses that were domesticated in Europe. While there are similarities shown in certain genes of both modern and fossil North American horses, they are not believed to be members of the same species. There are bands of horses that are protected under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 here in the west. But Colorado is not the only place where feral horses can be found. Feral horses can be found in parts of Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, and many other countries.
Australia has the largest population of feral horses in the world, with in excess of 400,000 horses. The Australian name equivalent to the ‘Mustang’ is the Brumby, feral descendants of horses brought to Australia by English settlers. More than 400 feral horses live in the foothills of Cincar mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These animals, which descend from horses set free by their owners in the 1950s, enjoy a protected status since 2010.
A modern feral horse population is found in the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere reserve of Assam, in north-east India, and is a herd of approximately 79 feral horses. Horses in this park are descended from animals that escaped army camps during World War II.