American Indian Horse
Also known as Cow Pony, Buffalo horse, Mustang, Indian pony, Cayuse & Spanish pony, the American Indian horse’s descendants were brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors. Many of the animals that were left behind became the feral horses of the US today, while others were adopted & bred by various indigenous tribes.
The American Indian Horse Registry (AIHR) was established in 1961 to preserve & document the pedigrees of Native American horses in the hopes of preserving their unique bloodlines.
5 Classifications of American Indian Horse
Bred to preserve original bloodlines (not conform to breed standards). Any horse registered since 1979 has direct bloodline connections to one of various tribes. They can also be registered with Spanish Mustang Registry & Southwest Spanish Mustang Association.
Must have at least one Class O parent. Some of the BLM horses qualify for this classification.
Have unknown pedigrees, most BLM horses qualify under this classification.
Include modern bloodlines, one parent may be registered under another breed registry.
Average height 13 – 15 hands
Because breeding for bloodlines is often more important than conformation, this breed will vary physically.
Temperament varies depending upon bloodlines.