Like all wild-born mustangs that have been rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management, Olive has a brand on the left side of her neck.When it's showing, most horse people immediately know what breed she is.Most of the time, however, it's not showing.
And without that obvious visual clue, her breed type is kind of... obscure.I can't tell you how many times people have asked me, "What is she?"
The results came back today, but I want to hear your guesses. Here's some information that may or may not help: Olive is an eleven year old Mustang mare from the Divide Basin HMA in Wyoming. She stands fourteen hands tall, wears an XW saddle and 00 shoes. Horses from her HMA tend to be a mix of Old World Iberian breeds, Light Racing and Riding Breeds and New World Iberian breeds. My research has uncovered multiple Divide Basin horses with genetic markers for Turkomans, Quarter Horses, Paso Finos, Tennessee Walking Horses and Shetland Ponies. Other, less common breed influences include Mangalarga Marchadors, Dales, Fells, Shetlands, Galicenos, Morgans, Hanoverians, Standardbreds and Suffolks.Post your guesses in the comments. If someone gets the top three breeds right - good luck with that! - I'll send you a little prize.