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Fort Polk horses may be colonial Spanish stock

2 months 3 days 6 hours ago Monday, October 08 2018 Oct 8, 2018 October 08, 2018 11:10 AM October 08, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group formed to protect wild horses at an Army base in Louisiana says preliminary testing indicates they could be descendants of horses brought by Spanish explorers and colonists.

A Texas A&M University professor emeritus says genes from 17 horses recently captured at Fort Polk appear close to colonial Spanish breeds from South America and Puerto Rico. Geneticist Gus Cothran says he hopes to have a full analysis done by the end of October, but the horses appear closest to the Venezuelan Criollo and the Puerto Rican Paso.

Pegasus Equine Guardian Association says in a news release Monday that this shows the horses should be protected rather than removed from Fort Polk. Officials at the base call them "trespass horses" and say they are a safety risk in training areas.

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