Karen Kay here again. I want to thank Denna and Stacey Kayne for writing their comments and for sharing their stories with us this morning. Also I’d like to thank fellow authors Charlene and Linda Broday for sharing their comments with us this morning.
Okay, so the excerise is done — it was weights for me this morning — and as I sit here eating breakfast, I thought we’d talk some more about the hearty mustangs who so captured the heart of the West.
Of course we owe our thanks for these intelligent animals to the Spanish — the word mustang comes from the Spanish word mesteno, meaning wild. From Columbus to Hernando Cortez, every Spanish explorer or adventurer brought these animals to the New World.
It was Hernando Cortez who brought them to us in 1519 –he had only sixteen horses, but of them Bernal Diaz (who was with Cortez) writes: “For after God, we owed the victory to the horses.”
But where did the Spanish get these hardy friends to man?
Professor Walker D. Wyman writes: (the Oriental horse) is known to have come into Mesopotamia from Persia about 2500 B.C., to Egypt from there in about 1700 B.C. and thence it spread over North Africa.”
Known in Africia as the Barbs — meaning that they were from the Barbary Coast — these breeds mixed with the Arab breed when the Arabs conquered areas of Africa — this was in about 647 A.D.
It was around 711 A.D. that the Moors — who were descendants of the Moroccans and Moslem Arabs — came to Spain, and for almost 800 years, the Moors held Spain hostage. Now, when these Moors came to Spain, what were they riding?
You guessed it — the Barb-Arab mixed breed horse.
Okay, enough of ancient history. In my next post, let’s bring the subject closer to present time and discuss how the horse influenced Native America.
Hope to hear your comments on this and other things of interest, so please feel free to leave some comments, okay. To the left, by the way, is the art work for my latest novel, RED HAWK’S WOMAN, a June release of this year.
Isn’t he gorgeous? And does anyone know the name of this sexy young man?
Till later, then.