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MUSTANGS AND COW HORSES
one master stallion. This stallion had to fight constantly to
hold his harem. There was always a young stallion ready for
a fight, and at the least show of age or weakness the older
one had to battle. I do not believe there is any animal that
fights harder for supremacy than a mustang. It is generally
a battle to the death when two stallions meet to fight for
a herd of mares. It is almost impossible to describe it.
They generally meet walking on their hind legs, mouths
open, strike with their forefeet and clinch with the most
powerful jaws and teeth, making cuts inches deep. Since they
throw their whole weight against each other, the weaker goes
to the ground. The upper horse strikes with his feet and bites
and tears hide and flesh off in strips. If the weaker horse
manages to gain his feet, he rushes off, glad to escape with his
life. He is generally pursued for a mile or more by the con-
quering stallion, which bites and tears hide and flesh at
The master stallion ran all the young stallions out of his
herd when they were two years old-younger, if one got too
attentive to the mares. I have seen fifeen or more young stal-
lions in a bunch, with no mares. They would hang around
in sight of the mares and one would slip in and cut a mare
out and run her off. If successful in getting away and keeping
her, he might try another and in that way start a herd. Some
of the master stallions would run off the fillies from their
herds, and in that way some young stallion would start a herd.
I have seen range stallions take the life of an inbred colt.
When I was on the Noonan ranch, I drove up a stallion
with about fifty mares and their young offspring. This stal-
lion was said to be a Thoroughbred, a fine horse. Just as I got
to the corrals at the home ranch, this stallion ran at a pretty
colt about two weeks old, caught it across the back and killed
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Texas Folklore Society. Mustangs and Cow Horses, book, 1940; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67653/m1/84/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.