Two stallions battle for dominance in a war dance of wild horses showing typical fighting behavior in a herd. Many mustang studs have missing ears, and their bodies are battle-scarred from bite marks and strikes from front hooves.
The mustangs' primitive markings are consistent with ancient coloration of horses brought to North America by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1600s.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- Home Page Files, Mustangs: Spirit of the Shrinking West_National Geographic magazine 2/2009