High in the remote juniper covered
valleys of Utah's Mountain Home Range a herd of Spanish horses has
survived with little to no outside influence. They are believed to
be one of the purest herds of Spanish horses left in America.
In 1840 the most daring horse-stealing raid to ever occur
took place. A Ute Indian chief and a one- legged mountain man raided
the missions of southern California of their most prized horses.
More than 3,000 horses were stolen and driven north into Utah. The
Sulphur herd is thought to descend from these and other horses.
The Sulphur horses have retained many of the characteristics
of the Iberian Sorraia, the primitive ancestor of the Iberian Saddle
Horse. They are strikingly beautiful horses usually of dun, grullo
(mouse gray ) and red dun coloration with dorsal stripes along their
backs and strong zebra stripes on their legs. These strong primitive
markings have earned the herd the nickname " Utah's Zebra Horses".
Compact in size, these horses are easy to maintain. They are very
agile and have great endurance.
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