|Photo: Chris & Kelly Hurd|
American Indian Horses (also
known as cow ponies, buffalo horse, mustang, Indian pony, cayuse, or Spanish pony)
are descended from horses brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors and colonists.
American Indian Horses proved
to be tough and thrived on the grassy plains of the Americas.
American Indian Horse’s registry
was created in 1961. The organization was started for the purpose of collecting,
recording, and preserving the pedigrees of American Indian Horses.
American Indian Horses generally
range in height from 13 to 16 hands (52 to 64 inches, 132 to 163 cm) and weigh between
700 to 1,000 pounds (320 to 450 kg). They may be any coat color and both pinto and
leopard spotting patterns are common.