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Mustang: The Wild Horse of the West

United States smedz Offline
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Here in North America, we have tons of species, including introduced animals like Wild boars, which have some pretty bad effects on the ecosystem. However, not all introduced species have a bad impact, in fact, mustangs, the wild horses of the west, have a great impact on the ecosystem. 

In winter, they will use their hooves to break through the deep snow to get to the grass, and they also break through frozen bodies of water with their hooves, and this, allows other species to survive the harsh winter months. One example is during the huge blizzard of 1886, when tons of cattle died, but some cattle lived, and those that did survive followed herds of wild horses. Another benefit of wild horses is that they can act as protectors of other prey species. Allow me to explain, When the wild horses of Anza Borrega National Park, California were removed in an effort to try to increase the bighorn sheep population, the number of bighorn sheep deaths ended up increasing because the cougars of the park, which hunted wild horses, simply turned more of their attention towards the sheep because the wild horses were removed. When it comes to grazing, wild horses are better for the plains than the cattle are because of the ways the 2 animals graze. Cows graze by wrapping their tongues around the grass since they don't have upper front teeth, and if the ground is wet, then the cow will grab a plant by the roots, and the grass will never have a second chance of growing back, horses are different, as they have upper front teeth, and flexible lips to grab the grass, then clip parts of the grass, and the grass can grow back. 

Source of information. 

https://americanwildhorsescampaign/wild-horses-and-ecosystem
"Those who do what they must do are like fire, they fear nothing. Those who don't are like rabbits, for they have much to fear.
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About these horses, the Mustang, see an old film from John Huston in 1961 "The Misfits" with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. There is a capture of a Mustang in the desert. But it's the end of the American dream, and the wild horse was released. This film has a value of prophecy. The three main actors died a short time after the film was realised.
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(04-11-2019, 07:17 PM)Spalea Wrote: About these horses, the Mustang, see an old film from John Huston in 1961 "The Misfits" with Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. There is a capture of a Mustang in the desert. But it's the end of the American dream, and the wild horse was released. This film has a value of prophecy. The three main actors died a short time after the film was realised.

shocked I honestly have no idea what to say to that.
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@smedz :

Just to say something... 3 friends wanted to capture a wild horse, the wild horses having almost completely disappeared. They lassoed a mustang, a beautiful male stallion, but the wild horse had much struggled, so much that they decided to release it...
This film, through this hunt, described the death of a myth. The myth of the American dream. Men having conquered the big West, but they aren't better than before, the wild life having almost completely been wiped.
And let us consider the three main actors' destiny: Marylin Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift passed away a few time after having played in this movie. Their last movie for both of 3 together. A twilight movie, a crepuscular movie...

I mentioned that only for the anecdote [Image: tease.png]...
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