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
|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|
|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.
- 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.