WILD HORSES: NATIVE
North America is the literal birthplace of the wild horse. The magic of the horse originated on this land, then culminated
globally and marked a turning point in the history of mankind. No other animal has had such influence and impact on
humankind's development. To the wild horse, to the tamed horse, we owe immense gratitude and respect, for the horse
gave two-leggeds a massive advantage and was instrumental in our development and our survival. Humankind will forever
owe a great debt to the horse.
In our evolution it is historic fact that wild horses originated and fully developed on the North American
continent. It is fortunate for man that some of those wild horses drifted across the Bering Land Bridge to Eurasia,
because those remaining on the northern continent were subject to a big die-off 10,000 years ago; as is the case for many
species throughout time for various reasons. While many, many moons ago there existed a contiguous land mass which
could be walked, the melting of the ice age gave way to rising waters which eventually divided continents by surrounding major
land masses with oceans. This of course isolated pockets of humanity and life forms, including horses, until two-legged
travel by water evolved.
Recorded history tells us that around 4000 BC man's interactive relation with the horse was put in motion.
Eurasians learned to tame and work with descendants of horses that had traveled by land from their birth place in North America.
This unleashed endless possibilities and ultimately led to the building of societies and empires. With the horse came
power, strength, travel and speed.
It was not until Columbus crossed the Atlantic on
his second voyage to North America that he brought horses along with his many men to the shores of this continent.
This game changer marked the horses literal return home. This was the first time since the big die-off on the northern
continent that the horse was finally back on its home turf - a monumental event which required a boat for transport.
Thanks to our documented history, we are able to know that wild
horses are not feral, for all bloodlines always lead back to their native birth place. The wild horse originated
and fully developed right here on this land throughout the west and then migrated to what later became other continents.
Let us recognize and nurture this unique legacy, for there is no other place on Earth like this. Let us celebrate our
native treasure. May we beam with pride and act with deep appreciation, compassion and respect for our native wild
horses. This is a legacy to nurture, honor, understand and secure for future generations. Wild Love is forever.
~ Andrea Maki
READ MORE HISTORY: THE HAGERMAN HORSE OF IDAHO - The Hagerman Horse (Equus simplicidens) was a North American species of equid
from the Pliocene period and the Pleistocene period, first appearing about 3.5 million years ago and the Hagerman fossils
represent the oldest widely-accepted remains of the genus Equus.
An average Hagerman Horse was about the same size as an ArabianHorse and probably lived in grasslands and floodplains, which
is what Hagerman was like 3 million years ago. Native
North American horses went extinct about 10,000 years ago, at the same time as many other large-bodied species of the period.
It is one of the oldest horses of the genus Equus and is the recognized State Fossil of Idaho.
Cattle rancher, Elmer Cook, discovered fossil
bones on this land in Hagerman, Idaho in 1928 and showed them to Dr. H.T. Stearns of the U.S. Geological Survey, who in
turn passed them to Dr. James W. Gidley at the Smithsonian Institution.
The bones were identified as belonging to an extinct horse, hence the site became known as the Hagerman Horse Quarry.
Three tons of excavated specimens were sent to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., producing
five nearly complete skeletons, more than 100 skulls, and forty-eight lower jaws along with numerous isolated bones.
Paleontologists believe that an entire herd of these animals were probably swept away and drowned by flood waters, ending up buried and fossilized in the soft sands of this river bottom.