- Name: Mustang
- Scientific Name: Equus ferus caballus
- Colors: All coat colors
- Height: Between 52 and 64 inches
- Weight: Between 700 and 800 pounds
- Lifespan: Between 15 and 20 years
13 Mustang Horse Facts for Kids
- Mustangs are feral horses (free-roaming) found in the Western United States of America.
- Mustangs are feral horses that have never been domesticated but descended from domesticated horses.
- Mustangs come in a wide variety of coat colors and can have virtually every coat color combination.
- In 2017, it was estimated there are over 72,000 mustangs living in North America.
- The largest population of mustangs is in the state of Nevada, more than half of all free-roaming mustangs are in Nevada.
- Around a century ago it’s estimated there were over one million mustangs in the United States.
- The average height of a mustang wild horse is between 52 and 64 inches.
- The average weight of a mustang wild horse is between 700 and 800 pounds.
- The average lifespan of a mustang wild horse is between 15 and 20 years.
- A mustang can survive on as little as one to two pounds of food a day in the wild.
- The Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act passed in 1971 made it illegal to capture or kill mustangs.
- The mustang population in the United States is managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) captures and trains mustangs to be adopted by qualified people.
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Additional Resources on Mustang Horses
- Mustangs – Nat Geo – Find more awesome facts about mustangs on the National Geographic website.
- The Mustang Horse – Learn about the mustang horses on the Oklahoma State University website.
- Mustang – Wikipedia – Discover more information and facts about mustangs on the Wikipedia website.