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  •  How incredible that the ancestor (7+ / 0-)

    of the horse evolved in the New World, then was first domesticated over on another continent.

    Here on the West Coast, the presence of "wild horses" in a rugged natural area, has traditionally been regarded as evidence that the "white people" from Europe, possibly Spaniards, were once there. If the strains of the horse ancestor hadn't died out before the Spanish horses got loose, could the two types of horses have bread? You run into this kind of question all the time with pigs if memory serves. It just gets very messy.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:18:24 AM PDT

    •  The ancient American horse is very different (7+ / 0-)

      from the modern feral horse in the Americas.  The extinct American horse could not have interbred with the Spanish Barbs that were first released in the New World.  The mere size difference is substantial.

      The presence of a feral horse herd in an area is evidence that the area has food and water, not necessarily that Europeans were present. Horse herds travel hundreds, thousands, of miles in the normal course of their lives.

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