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15 feral horse colonies from around the world

By: Catie Leary on July 5, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Feral mustang horses

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There's no feral horse quite as iconic as the mustangs of the American West.

These elegant creatures are descended from horses brought over to the Americas by the Spanish, but over the years, they have become mixed with a wide variety of other breeds, as well.

Mustangs are currently managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and as outlined by the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, these equines "are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West, which continue to contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people."