Kiger Mustang




Kiger Mustang photo
Kiger Mustang mare showing very good Sorraia phenotype. One of the foundation mares of the Ravenseyrie Sorraia Mustang Preserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Photograph by Selona. License: Public Domain.




FACTS

Description
The Kiger Mustang is a horse breed of Spanish origin, descendant of Spanish wild horses. As such, it shares many common characteristics with other wild horses such as the Tarpan. The head is elegant, with a slightly curved profile and a wide forehead. The eyes are set widely apart and the ears are medium sized and pointed. The body is muscular with a strong bone structure. The chest is narrow and deep and the back wide and powerful. The legs are muscular with little or no feather and strong hooves.

Size
average height of 14.2 hands.

Colours
Most commonly found in dun. Other colors include grey, red dun, bay and black. They usually have zebra markings on their legs and a dorsal stripe down their back.

Temperament
Like most wild horse breeds, the Kiger Mustang is a surefooted, confident horse. It is a determined, hard working horse, with great stamina. Kigers are gentle natured, calm and very easy to train. They are social and get along with people and other horses.

Suitable for
Kiger Mustangs are athletic horses and are often used in competitions, but also driving and other activities where a strong horse is required. They also take part in shows and are used in herding. Their kind nature makes them ideal pleasure riding horses.

Care
These are sturdy horses, capable of withstanding all sorts of hardships as well as adverse weather conditions. They are descendants of horses that have had to survive on scarce resources, so they are very easy keepers. The outdoors is their natural environment, so when keeping a Kiger Mustang make sure that it has frequent access to a large pasture. They also enjoy the company of other horses, so keeping them with other Kigers would be an excellent form of environmental enrichment.

History
Kiger Mustangs are descendants of wild horses Spanish conquistadors brought to North America over 500 years ago. The breed was discovered relatively recently (in the 1970's) in Oregon. The small herd that was discovered was divided into two groups which were placed in different Horse Management Areas to ensure the preservation of the breed.

Breeding
Several DNA tests have shown that Kigers are, without a doubt, descendants of the conquistadors' Mustangs. Contemporary Kiger breeders are using horses the bloodline of which can be traced back to these wild horses. That way, they manage to preserve both the look and the genetics of the Spanish Mustangs. Kiger Mustangs live on average 25-30 years.