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Mustang horse - Maroon horses of USA

Maroon Horses or wild horses

On the planet the diversity of animals is very large. In the species of horses there are hundreds of breeds. These have characteristics in common and others that are typical of each race. In this installment we will address the maroon horses.

Undoubtedly, horses are wonderful beings of God’s creation. These animals have provided their help and friendship to humans since ancient times.

Maroon horses are animals that live in the wild but have domestic ancestors.

Some populations of Maroon horses are treated as wildlife.  Therefore these horses are called “wild horses”.

These horses come from horses that are probably lost, escaped pets. They may also have been released into the wilderness and managed to survive and reproduce there.

The logical thing is that these horses away from humans develop the behaviors of a wild horse.

On the other hand some maroon horses are sometimes cared for and used by men.

For this reason it is often referred to as semi-maroron horses.

Horses are so attractive that the Rolling Stones composed a song called Wild Horses from which we left the video below. Learn more about maroon horses…

Maroon horse herds

The first specimens of modern horses arrived on the new continent thanks to the Spanish colonizers. This happened in the mid-16th century.

From there the Aborigines began to have contact with the horses. They even gave these wonderful animals a friendlier and more respectful treatment.

Usually the breed of Maroon horses likes to live in herds. These are made up of small groups led by a dominant male horse.

Thus, groups tend to be small. They can have from three to five animals. In the event that they conform large groups, it is about a dozen.

This dynamic is often transformed over time. This usually happens as young animals are expelled from the group in which they were born.

So they usually integrate with other groups of Maroon horses.

Marron horses
Marron horses

Maroon horses from Chile and Argentina

The Maroon horses are found in the beautiful landscapes of the countries that make up Chilean and Argentine Patagonia.

In this way the exotic wild horses or maroons adorn the most impressive environments of the southern tip of South America.

The most relevant population of these wild horses is found in Chile. Specifically they are located in Torres del Paine National Park, in the Magellan Region.

Meanwhile, the population of Maroon horses in Argentina are located in Los Glaciares National Park. They are also found on the island of Tierra del Fuego and in the Argentine provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro.

They also inhabit some areas of Bolivia and Uruguay. In the case of Venezuela you can find specimens in the Andes region.

The wild horse or maroon that lives in Patagonia usually has the following characteristics:

  • It’s usually a strong horse
  • Its front legs are muscular, this is due to the large and rough terrains of the area.
  • Its height is approximately 1.5 meters high to the cross
  • As for its fur is bayo or sorrel (yellow to cinnamon red).

Scientific tourism in the Patagonia area

Due to the curiosity caused by the Maroon horses, an initiative has been developed in relation to tourism in this area. Therefore it is often called “Scientific Tourism”

This is how various alternative tourism companies promote the foreign horse visits. In this sense they make an approach and observation of the wild horses.

It is important that the dynamics of these animals are respected. So you must be very respectful of nature.

One of them takes tours in the area of Laguna Azul (Torres del Paine National Park). In these spaces remains a herd made up of about 100 horses.

Tourists are an active part of scientific projects. For these people are involved in the process of observing, identifying and registering horses.

It is important to note that the approaches are made up to only about 100 meters from the herd. This is done in this way so as not to invade your natural space and its usual performance.

If you wish to participate in this experience with the Maroon horses you must locate one of the local tour operators.

In addition, it is appropriate to consult with the authorities of the national parks of Chile and Argentina.

Mustang horse - Maroon horses of USA
Mustang horse – Maroon horses of USA

Maroon horses in today’s world

The types of modern maroon horses are diverse. Its diversity is wide and has a lot of these animals that live in the wild or maroon.

It is quite possible that there are some of your specimens that have been tamed.

Among the native varieties and breeds are the following:

  • Bagual in Patagonia of Argentina
  • Bagual in Chilean Patagonia
  • Banker Horse in North Carolina.
  • Brumby, the wild horse of the Australian mainland
  • Cumberland Island Horse in Georgia United States
  • Garrano horse Cimarrón de Portugal
  • Kaiwanawa Horse from New Zealand, among others
  • Mustang horses from United States of America.

 

 

We can see that this species is found in various parts of the planet. So you can enjoy them depending on where we are.

In the Americas there are usually some specimens in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia. In the case of Venezuela there are them in the Andes region.

  • Garrano horse Cimarrón de Portugal
  • Kaiwanawa Horse from New Zealand, among others

Maroon Horses – Wild Horses – Many Shapes

Wild horses that are usually present in Patagonia of Chile and Argentina.

Ideally, you should preserve these animals in the best possible conditions. Hence the state has a responsibility in the welfare of these beautiful equines.

Therefore they must be rigorous with people’s access to these wild animals called Maroon horses.

Sources:

https://gustavomirabalcastro.online/caballos/los-caballos-cimarrones/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_horse

 

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