Wild Voices

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 By Sharon St Joan

To read part one first, click here.

 

Are wild horses native?

While it is generally assumed that wild horses are descended from the horses that the Spanish conquistadors left behind in the Sixteenth Century, there is considerable evidence that the native wild horses of the west may never have died out at all and may always have been present on this land.

Craig Downer in his remarkable book The Wild Horse Conspiracy details twenty separate examples of fossilized remains of wild horses scientifically dated to between 700 years before the present to 7,000 years before the present. All these fossils appear on this continent during the thousands of years during which wild horses were believed to have been absent from the Americas.

Craig Downer also gives a fascinating account of the ways in which the presence of wild horses benefits the land. Contrary…

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