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By Jeffery Garfield

Last updated: 24th March 2018

Baguales Horse


Jeffery Garfield
Last updated: 24th March 2018

Baguales is a breed of wild horses that roam the vast Patagonian grasslands and forests of Argentina and Chile. Being a sturdy and robust breed, the Baguales can tolerate the highly variable climate of its native region.

Baguales Horse Pictures

Quick Information

Other Names Bagual Horse, Patagonia Wild Horse
Temperament/Personality Relaxed, carefree, move in herds
Physical Characteristics Medium-sized head, hooked ears, straight profile, muscular neck, well-sprung ribs, powerful legs and hooves, dense mane/tail hair
Colors Bay, but all colors are possible
Height Medium-sized
Weight Unknown
Health No known breed-specific health concerns
Popular Traits Agility, stamina
Feeding/Diet Grasses, shrubs, herbs, and berries
Country of Origin Argentina and Chile

Video: Baguales Horses in Torres del Paine

History and Development

These fascinating animals seem to have evolved during the 16th century, with the introduction of Andalusian horses in Argentina by the Spanish conquistadors. It is believed that some of the horses either were released or had escaped, forming feral herds, which wandered freely in the steppes and grasslands.

Today, a few hundred of these Baguales horses are remaining with the population in Torres del Paine being 98. However, the National Park authorities consider these creatures as invasive and have ordered for their removal. Several research teams and non-profit organizations are working closely to prevent the possible extermination of these wild horses.

Interesting Facts

  • The Baguales horses have sub-families, which co-exist in peace and harmony within a herd.
  • They are often predated by mountain lions, and thus their population growth rate is apparently kept in check.

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