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The Sulphur Herd
Home of the Original Colonial Spanish Horse

     In the mountain peaks and sloping low-lands of the Needle Mountain Range roams a nationally recognized herd of wild horses with a Utah heritage much older than most of ours.  These horses draw their bloodlines from the old Spanish Type,  the first horses brought to America by the Spanish explorers in the late 1500's.  Through time, the Sulphur Herd has bred with escaped ranch livestock, but most still hold many of the Spanish Barb traits.  There are only three other wild horse herd areas in the United States which exhibit a high concentration of Spanish characteristics.

     The original Colonial Spanish Type horse displayed some characteristics of the extinct wild tarpan horse.  Horses of the Sulphur herd exhibit many of those early traits.  Dominant colors include dun, buckskin, and grulla (a grey or mouse color).  Other colors found throughout the region include bay, black, sorrel, palomino, and various roan's (blue, red, strawberry, etc.).  Physical characteristics include ears that curve in like a bird's beak, dorsal stripe, bi-colored mane & tail, tiger-striped legs, and occasional chest barring.  Additional features might include a sloping croup, low-set tail, deep body, narrow chest, broad forehead, but narrow face and muzzle from a frontal view.

The Sulphur Herd roams a vast, unpopulated region of alternating high desert basins and expansive mountain ranges.  Their home, the Needle Range, is a starkly beautiful mountain block that lies about 45 miles west of Milford, Utah, along the Nevada State line.  In some spots the range rises to nearly 10,000 feet in elevation.  From north to south, the mountainous spine of the Needle Range is comprised of two main peaks: Mountain Home and Indian Peaks.


"They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." 
Henry Beston, nature writer, 1888-1968

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