Kiger Mustang

Quick Facts :

  • Originated in Oregon

  • Discovered in 1977

  • Direct Descendant of Iberian Horses

  • Average Height 13.2-16.0hh

  • Colors Include: Dun, grulla, red dun, bay, black, claybank. 

  • Markings include: Leg barring, eye marks, ear outlines, and dorsal stripes.

History

The Kiger Mustang was created under the BLM wild horse program under the careful watch of E. Ron Harding, William (Bill) Phillips, and Josh Warburton. The basis of the Kiger Mustang is the Spanish Type Mustang, which are still found in small pockets throughout the Oregon desert in the southeast corner of the state. In 1979, priority for dun factor and particular Spanish traits were mandated for those horses that would become the Kiger.

Body Type

The Kiger Horse is “baroque” in nature due to its round body contours with the neck arising from the top of the shoulder giving them an elegant, collected stance. The Kiger Horse should be balanced in proportions and should move with ease and without wasted energy. The Kiger Horse, on one hand, should give an impression of strength without being bulky while on the other should not be so refined as to convey frailty or extreme refinement.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Look familiar? Spirit is a real Kiger and was born on May 8th, 1995!

Haven't seen the movie? Spirit (Matt Damon!) follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West.

Featured Horse:

Shawnee

  • Purebred Kiger
  • Born in 2000
  • 14.3hh
  • Lives in Colorado, USA.

Learn More:

The International Alliance of Kiger Mustang Breeders

KigerMustangBreeders.com

Sources:

Kiger Horse Association (www.kigerhorse.org/)

Breeders Alliance (kigermustangbreeders.com)