ild horses are an icon of the American Old West. Today's mustang herds are descended from Iberian horses brought over by Spanish explorers in the 16th and 17th century. The Outer Banks in North Carolina are included. The Spanish word for "stray beast" is what inspired the name "Mustang".

Thanks in large part to Velma Johnston. The Wild Horse Annie Act banned the use of vehicles to hunt and chase wild horses. The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 made the BLM and the US Forest Service responsible for protecting and managing wild horses.

There have been disagreements between Congress, ranchers, and the BLM over the management of wild horses. Wild horses have been defended by advocates for decades, helping to suspend or stop government roundings and managing herd size in a humane manner.

Are there still wild horses in the US?

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There are wild horses in the US. Wild horses live in 10 western states. The Big Island has a small but hardy herd of wild horses, but access is restricted due to road access issues.

There are lots of ways to see the most famous and celebrated herds of wild horses in America and Canada, many of which are considered national treasures.

Turn off your car engine if you want to view wildlife. Always keep dogs on a leash and never feed the horses. The space and behavior of mares and stallions should be respected.

Where to see wild horses in the US

Steens Mountain Wilderness, Oregon

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The photo was taken by Danita Delimont.

The Kiger mustangs are one of the most magnificent wild horse herds in the country. They have dark tails and light brown bodies. Steven Spielberg's studio purchased a Kiger mustang colt to use as its model for an animated feature film about the life of an 18th century wild horse in America.

If you want to see Kiger mustangs in the wild, you can either take a guided ride with the Steens Mountain Guest Ranch or set up a camp at the South Steens Campground.

Sand Wash Basin, Colorado

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Without mentioning Picasso, it would be hard to talk about wild horses. The pinto stallion drew fans from all over the world for more than 30 years. Most roads in the northwest corner of Colorado are gravel, dirt and sand, so a high clearance 4wd vehicle is recommended. New stallion stars, Hoot, Jasper, and Cresciente are available for first-time visitors to see.

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

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The Tonto Forest was designated a national forest in 1907. Five years ago, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group saved the horses from being removed from the Bush Highway. Tonto National Forest has a Day Use or Discovery Pass for you to use.

During the warmer months when the horses come to swim and cool off along its banks, booking a kayak or paddle board trip is the most popular way to see them.

Assateague Island, Maryland and Virginia

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A barrier island isn't the first place that comes to mind when thinking about wild horses, but 300 of them are free to wander the beaches and park roads on Assateague. Historians think the horses are descendants of horses brought to the mainland from Spain.

The National Park Service manages the Maryland herd while the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company own the Virginia herd. Firefighters and volunteers swim the Chincoteague ponies across the channel at low tide to auction off foals before returning to swim adult horses.

Dugway, Utah

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The Onaqui Mountain Herd can be found in the foothills between Rush Valley and Vernon. The US cavalry brought horses to this area in the late 1800s. Around 450 horses make up the herd.

The Pony Express Road used to be used by the famous mail delivery service of the late 1800's. Go west on I-80 and follow UT-196 to the main gate. There is a dirt road west of the church that leads to Pony Express Road, where you should be able to see all of the horses.

Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Refuge, Montana

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A photo of a berry.

The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is the first nationally designated area to provide a home for free-roaming horses. Roughly 43,000 acres of desert shrubbery and subalpine forests are covered by it. It spans the southeastern part of Carbon County, Montana, and the northern part of Big Horn County, Wyoming.

Maps and directions can be found at the Pryor Wild mustang center in Lovell. If you want to see the horses in their homeland, the best way is on a Jeep tour.

Outer Banks, North Carolina

There are two ways to see the famous Colonial Spanish mustang wild horse herd in the northern Outer Banks. There is a second wild herd on the Cape Lookout national seashore. The Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses are descended from Spanish breeds that existed in the 1500s.

Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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In 1993 Sable Island became Canada's 43rd national park and is testament to survival in an unlikely environment. Its hardy, pony-sized wild horses, introduced in the 1700s and federally protected in 1961, roam freely, sharing the island's sandbanks and beaches with the world's largest colony of gray seals.

Visitors can arrive by charter boat and plane during the months of June and October but should be prepared for weather delays which can last for days. On top of the day use fee, an employee-guided, two-hour walk with Parks Canada costs $153.50. You can book flight and tour combo with either of the two companies.