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After ritualistic pawing and sniffing, an aggressive gray stallion goes for the throat of another wild horse in a confrontation to establish dominance. Fur flies as the stallion rears back, caught off guard at the attack. Although many conflicts are short and not so brutal, serious injuries can occur as stallions fight. Many mustang studs have missing ears, and their bodies are battle-scarred from bite marks and strikes from front hooves.
White Sands herd from the missile range in Utah have a rare gaited gene.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- Home Page Files, Mustangs: Spirit of the Shrinking West_National Geographic magazine 2/2009