Are Wild Horses Becoming Extinct

Christina Perez
• Saturday, 05 December, 2020
• 23 min read

“This was a big surprise,” said the study's co-author, Sandra Olsen, from the University of Kansas, before admitting that the lack of remaining wild horses on earth was “the sad part.” “The world lost truly wild horses perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, but we are only just now learning this fact, with the results of this research,” said Olsen.

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Another of the report's authors, archaeologist Alan Outran from Britain's University of Peter, said the Przewalski's horse, named after a Russian who described them in the 19th century, is relatively small and stocky. The study was conducted at two sites in northern Kazakhstan, where scientists found the earliest proof of horse domestication, going back more than 5,000 years.

“This means that we must continue the search for the true ancestors of modern breeds by gathering samples from places like Ukraine, western Russia, Hungary, Poland and that region,” Olsen said. New genetic research has revealed that the world’s wild horses went extinct hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago.

Scientists found that an assumed wild breed, native to Mongolia, were actually domesticated horses. There are roughly 2,000 take in the world right now, and the largest number of them live at Hastie National Park, within 60 miles of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.

Since 1996, the Amur leopard has been classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered with less than 70 individuals thought to exist today. Evidence suggests North America was the hardest hit by extinctions.

It survived only because the Bering land bridge that once connected Alaska and Siberia had enabled animals to cross into Asia and spread west. Horse meat has a slightly sweet taste reminiscent of a combination of beef and venison.

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Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65 m years ago.

Production of the remaining crops would likely continue without bees with only slightly lower yields. So if honeybees did disappear for good, humans would probably not go extinct (at least not solely for that reason).

It’s somewhat of a human hallmark, making other species extinct, although we’ve kept cows around for both food and leather. Just as the Narragansett Pacer (#4 below) is associated with George Washington, so is the slightly earlier Norfolk Trotter inextricably entangled with the reign of King Henry VIII.

In the mid-16th century, this monarch ordered England's nobles to maintain a minimum number of trotting horses, presumably to be mobilized in the event of war or insurrection. Fossil specimens of the American Zebra (all of them discovered in German, Idaho) date to about three million years ago, during the late Pliocene epoch.

The Chinese won, and, according to at least one account, demanded ten healthy Merchants for breeding purposes and a bounty of 3,000 additional specimens. In fact, the Narragansett Pacer was the first horse breed ever to be engineered in the United States, derived from British and Spanish stock shortly after the Revolutionary War.

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While equine experts maintain that the Neapolitan has gone extinct (some of its bloodlines persist in the modern Lipizzaner), some people continue to confuse it with the similarly named Napolitana. Old English Black. Louis Moll; Eugène Nicolas Got; François Hippolyta Malaise, cropped and reworked by Kermit / Wikimedia Commons / public domain.

This equine had its roots in the Norman Conquest, in 1066, when European horses brought by William the Conqueror's armies interbred with English mares. Any Quangos that weren't immediately shot and skinned wound up being humiliated in other ways, exported for display in foreign zoos, used to herd sheep and even dragooned into pulling carts of gawking tourists in early 19th-century London.

The Syrian Wild Ass was one of the smallest modern equips yet identified at only about three feet high at the shoulder, and it was also notorious for its ornery, unnameable disposition. Presumably known to the Arabic and Jewish residents of the Middle East for millennia, this ass entered the western imagination via the reports of European tourists in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Shortly after the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago, the indigenous horses of North and South America went extinct, along with other mammalian megafauna. As huge debt as we owe to the Tarzan, that didn't prevent the last living captive specimen from expiring in 1909, and since then efforts to re-breed this subspecies backs into existence have met with dubious success.

For much of recorded history, the settled civilizations of Eurasia were terrorized by the nomadic peoples of the Steppes, Huns, and Mongols, to name two famous examples. Long story short, the Turbofan Horse was the mount favored by the Turkic tribes people, though as a military secret it was impossible to keep.

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Horses are wonderful animals that have served humans from time immemorial. They have helped them cultivate land, build houses, wage wars, and transport things for centuries.

In the era of technology, we’re less reliant on them, and they’re gradually replaced by cars, planes, and different equipment. Horses history goes back a long way and far exceeds that of their relationships with humans.

The propalaeotherium, the most ancient and known form of the horse, was a relatively small animal with rudimentary hoofs. They lived in Western Europe and Asia and became extinct more than 30 million years ago.

By taking over more and more space for their agricultural activities, people forced horses to displace, which usually led to their death. Many species of horses that until recently inhabited certain areas of our planet completely disappeared due to the onslaught of human civilization.

About 200 years ago, tartans lived all over the European continent, but now this is an extinct horse species. They were gray-brown with large erect ears, curly mane, and a short tail.

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So, when people started to hunt them using domesticated horses, they were quickly exterminated. Because of the development of agriculture, tartans could not find an area where they could safely live.

The remains of this horse were found near the town of German (USA), so it was named accordingly. These wild horses are thought to have gone extinct about 10,000 years ago due to climate change.

It was stocky and had straight shoulders, a thick neck, and a narrow skull. This horse probably lived in the meadows and floodplains 3 million years ago.

Wild quangos lived in Africa and disappeared over 100 years ago. At present, a group of scientists from the South African Republic are working on herding these animals.

They were not able to travel long distances and couldn’t jump because of their weak heart. The height of these horses ranged from 5.5 to 6.5 feet in the withers, and their weight was approximately 2,200 lbs.

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Przewalski’s horses living in zoos became accustomed to man, and they are unlikely to survive in their natural habitat. They are incredibly hardy as they are accustomed to continuously searching for food in arid areas where it is particularly scarce in winter.

Now, experts are trying to take care of rare breeds of horses by creating special conditions for them and protecting them by law. All the world’s free-roaming horses, such as mustangs in the USA, have a history of domestication, and none are descended from wild animals.

Dr Olsen said: ‘The world lost truly wild horses perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, but we are only just now learning this fact, with the results of this research.’ The end of the Pleistocene era, around 12,000 years ago, was coupled with a global cooling event and the extinction of many large mammals, particularly in North America.

Since the most recent truly wild horse fossil dates to about 12,500 years ago, scientists had thought these animals died out before humans were a factor. In the new study, researchers reevaluated some unreliable data used in previous calculations and determined that when gaps in the fossil record and radiocarbon dating errors are factored in, it is possible that humans and horses coexisted.

“The fossil record's very incomplete, and just because the most recent remain is from 12,500 years ago, that doesn't mean that the horse became extinct at this time,” said study co-author Andrew Slow of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. As a result, it is impossible to rule out human hunting as the cause, or major contributing factor, to horse extinction in North America, Slow told Prescience.

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Undomesticated four-footed mammal from the equine family Przewalski's horse had reached the brink of extinction but was reintroduced successfully into the wild.

The Tarzan became extinct in the 19th century, though it is a possible ancestor of the domestic horse; it roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication. However, other subspecies of Equus ferns may have existed and could have been the stock from which domesticated horses are descended.

Since the extinction of the Tarzan, attempts to have been made to reconstruct its phenotype, resulting in horse breeds such as the König and Heck horse. However, the genetic makeup and foundation bloodstock of those breeds is substantially derived from domesticated horses, so these breeds possess domesticated traits.

The term wild horse” is also used colloquially in reference to free-roaming herds of feral horses such as the mustang in the United States, the crumby in Australia, and many others. These feral horses are untamed members of the domestic horse subspecies (Equus ferns Catullus), not to be confused with the truly wild horse subspecies extant into modern times.

E. Ferus has had several subspecies, only three of which have survived into modern times: The latter two are the only never-domesticated wild groups that survived into historic times.

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However, other subspecies of Equus ferns may have existed. In the Late Pleistocene epoch, there were several other subspecies of E.ferns which have all since gone extinct.

The exact categorization of Equus' remains into species or subspecies is a complex matter and the subject of ongoing work. Equus ferns fossil from 9100 BC found near Dense, at the Zoological Museum in CopenhagenProbable European wild horse coat colors The horse family Equine and the genus Equus evolved in North America during the Pliocene, before the species migrated across Bering into the Eastern Hemisphere.

Studies using ancient DNA, as well as DNA of recent individuals, suggest the presence of two equine species in Late Pleistocene North America, a cabal line species, suggested being nonspecific with the wild horse, and Haringtonhippus Francisco, the “New World stilt-legged horse”; the latter has been taxonomically assigned to various names, and appears to be outside the grouping containing all extant equines. In South America there appear to have been several species of equine, Equus (Amerhippus) Neogene, which had previously thought to represent 5 taxa due to morphological variability, and several species of Hippidion, which also lie outside the group containing all living horses.

(It had previously been suggested to have been nested within Equus based on incomplete sequence data ) Currently, three subspecies that lived during recorded human history are recognized.

One subspecies is the widespread domestic horse (Equus ferns Catullus), as well as two wild subspecies: the recently extinct Tarzan (E. f. ferns) and the endangered Przewalski's horse (E. f. przewalskii). Genetically, the pre-domestication horse, E. f. ferns, and the domesticated horse, E. f. Catullus, form a single homogeneous group (clade) and are genetically indistinguishable from each other.

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The genetic variation within this clade shows only a limited regional variation, with the notable exception of Przewalski's horse. Besides genetic differences, astrological evidence from across the Eurasian wild horse range, based on cranial and metacarpal differences, indicates the presence of only two subspecies in post glacial times, the Tarzan and Przewalski's horse.

At present, the domesticated and wild horses are considered a single species, with the valid scientific name for the horse species being Equus ferns. The wild Tarzan subspecies is E. f. ferns, Przewalski's horse is E. f. przewalskii, and the domesticated horse is E. f. Catullus.

The rules for the scientific naming of animal species are determined in the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, which stipulates that the oldest available valid scientific name is used to name the species. Previously, when taxonomists considered domesticated and wild horse two subspecies of the same species, the valid scientific name was Equus Catullus Linnaeus 1758, with the subspecies labeled E. c. Catullus (domesticated horse), E. c. ferns Border, 1785 (Tarzan) and E. c. przewalskii Polio, 1881 (Przewalski's horse).

However, in 2003, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature decided that the scientific names of the wild species have priority over the scientific names of domesticated species, therefore mandating the use of Equus ferns for the horse, independent of the position of the domesticated horse. Przewalski's horse occupied the eastern Eurasian Steppes, perhaps from the Urals to Mongolia, although the ancient border between Tarzan and Przewalski's distributions has not been clearly defined.

Przewalski's horse was limited to Dzungaria and western Mongolia in the same period, and became extinct in the wild during the 1960s, but was reintroduced in the late 1980s to two preserves in Mongolia. Although researchers such as Maria Gimbals theorized that the horses of the Paleolithic period were Przewalski's, more recent genetic studies indicate that Przewalski's horse is not an ancestor to modern domesticated horses.

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However, it was subsequently suggested that Przewalski's horse represent feral descendants of horses belonging to the Bowie culture. Przewalski's horse is still found today, though it is an endangered species and for a time was considered extinct in the wild.

Roughly 2000 Przewalski's horses are in zoos around the world. A small breeding population has been reintroduced in Mongolia.

As of 2005, a cooperative venture between the Zoological Society of London and Mongolian scientists has resulted in a population of 248 animals in the wild. However, the offspring of Przewalski and domestic horses are fertile, possessing 65 chromosomes.

For instance, when the Spanish reintroduced the horse to the Americas, beginning in the late 15th century, some horses escaped, forming feral herds; the best-known being the mustang. Similarly, the crumby descended from horses strayed or let loose in Australia by English settlers.

Isolated populations of feral horses occur in a number of places, including Bosnia, Croatia, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland and a number of barrier islands along the Atlantic coast of North America from Sable Island off Nova Scotia, to Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia. In 1995, British and French explorers discovered a new population of horses in the Roche Valley of Tibet, unknown to the rest of the world, but apparently used by the local Samba people.

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It was speculated that the Roche horse might be a relict population of wild horses, but testing did not reveal genetic differences with domesticated horses, which is in line with news reports indicating that they are used as pack and riding animals by the local villagers. These horses only stand 12 hands (48 inches, 122 cm) tall and are said to resemble the images known as “horse no 2” depicted in cave paintings alongside images of Przewalski's horse.

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), Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN 0-8018-5789-9, LCC 98023686 Just last month the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) completed a roundup of roughly 1,400 wild horses in Oregon in Beat's Butte, historically known as the area of the Tiger mustangs.

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According to a Pacific Standard report, there were five deaths on November 19, including “one 8-year-old mare with old break in right hind leg and one 4-month-old colt with old break in left hind leg.” According to another report published in the same article, “The most heartbreaking of the day involved the foals.

What we once considered an American icon is now fodder for the latest cull by government entities. When we hear that dogs are culled in Asian countries for fear of rabies, we rant and rave and express our disgust.

Yet here in our very own country we are culling the last of our great wild horses, and our rants and raves seem to fall on deaf ears. The horse has a long and integral part in the history of the U.S., which was founded on the backs of these great icons, as they helped pioneers settle the West.

After being brought here by the Spaniards, the mustangs were used by Native Americans for a variety of tasks such as transportation. They were revered for their “fantastic stamina and speed,” while their stocky legs made them perfect for long hauls.

The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service were responsible for implementing the act and ensuring protections were in place for the wild horses while they also issued grazing permits to cattle ranchers on public land. While they were once considered iconic and majestic, wild horses are now deemed nothing more than a nuisance by ranchers who use federal land for subsidized grazing.

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When the BLM deems wild horse numbers to be in excess of manageable levels, we hear news of roundups where helicopters along with men on horseback chase down fearful and frantic herds. A recent investigative report by the Office of Inspector General found unsettling information about the BLM selling horses to a Colorado rancher who in turn sent those horses to Mexico for slaughter.

“Under the Department of Interior's 'multiple-use' principles, only so many cattle, so much wildlife, and so many wild horses are allowed on federal lands,” she writes. Cattle are 'paid for' by the meat industry: $1.35 per head per month to graze the public domain.

Each horse removed from the West frees up another AUM for cattle or sheep or game antelope.” Although there have been some positive outcomes, including the BLM's adoption program, there have been some harmful situations other than those of sending horses to slaughter, including leaving horses out in pens in 100-degree heat with no shelter to protect them from the sun.

Their filthy stall included an old bathtub with black 'drinking' water. Wildhorse Ranch Rescue. They arrived at the auction while I kept in close contact and posted photos on social media of the horrific conditions.

Roger was able to spot the horses, one of whom was a BLM-branded Tiger mustang he later named Vivian. They were held in a filthy stall complete with an old bathtub filled with black “drinking” water.

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Roger Carrillo, of Wild horse Ranch Rescue, after he saved Kit, left, and Vivian from being bought by kill buyers at the auction. The yellow numbered tags are the horses bid numbers. Wildhorse Ranch Rescue.

Roger Carrillo, of Wild horse Ranch Rescue, after he saved Kit, left, and Vivian from being bought by kill buyers at the auction. It is legal to buy horses here and transport across country lines” to sell to slaughter.

In 2004, a team of scientists began to introduce the endangered Przewalski's horse, the world's last truly wild equine species, into the zone. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEA) remains one of the world's most extraordinary locales for a number of reasons.

Some of the zone's abandoned structures have turned into an impromptu sanctuary for endangered Przewalski's horses, the last wild equine species in the world. But the scientists involved with the new population, led by Peter Soliciting of Arizona State University, have recently discovered the horses are taking advantage of their new surroundings.

“The goal of conservation programs is to maintain as much diversity as possible and prevent inbreeding, ensuring a population can withstand changes in the environment and survive long term.” “Our results indicate Przewalski's horses routinely use abandoned structures in the CEA,” says James Beasley, an associate professor at the University of Georgia, in the statement.

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The CEA's burgeoning reputation as an animal shelter is perhaps the least-expected result of the 1986 nuclear disaster that rocked the Soviet Union. Poor construction and under-trained workers inadvertently led to a catastrophe, which in turn forced over 116,000 people living near the Chernobyl plant to evacuate permanently.

As radiation levels in the CEA lowered over the years and the political fortunes of the Soviet Union crumbled, the newly independent Ukrainian and Belarusian governments, as well as the rest of the world, began to wonder what to do with the area full of everything but people. The study was done exclusively on the Belarusian side of the border, known as the Poles State Radiation Ecological Reserve.

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