DescriptionThis photo is of a herd of wild Spanish Mustang horses. The lead horse is the stud. His name is 'Caney Mountain Blackjack'. Out of all the horses that have been DNA tested, this stud is the most important horse on the mountain. His blood is the purest tie to the Spanish Mustangs from the 1600's. This is a ongoing collection of photos and artwork created with several herds on wild horses that live up on Caney Mountain and Blackjack Mountain in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma. They are Wild Spanish Mustangs and Choctaw Indian Ponies that have been living on millions of acres of land for many years. They roam free like they were meant to be. Some of these horses are descendants of the original Choctaw Indian Ponies set free after being brougnt to this area on the 'Trail of Tears'. Some of the Wild Mustangs have been DNA and hair follicle tested and are descendants of the first mustangs brought to America by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1600's. They have some of the purest blood dating back to these original Mustang horses in all the United States. Our photos are an effort to raise public awareness of these magnificent horses. They still exist and roam free. If you have ever seen the movie Hidalgo, these are the horses they are referring to at the end of the movie. I explain more about this in my bio. We are trying our best to help feed them and these photos help us to do that.
Designs And Images, Caney Mountain Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement I hope you enjoy our photos of these remarkable Wild Horses. Our passion for horses are trulely inspired everyday as a result of these magnificant Animals. The horses that we photograph are Wild Spanish Mustangs and Wild Choctaw Indian Ponies. Alot of them have been DNA tested and have bloodlines that link their heritage back to the original Spanish Mustang horses brought to America by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 1600's. If you have ever seen the movie Hidalgo, which goes back to the life of Frank T. Hopkins, these are the horses that they are refering to in the end of the movie that are on Blackjack Mountain. The Forestry land that these horses were running free on Blackjack Mountain, for all those years, has been shut off in the court systems by the lumber companies. The result was as many of these horses as possible were relocated or the forestry department had the right to dispose of them as they seen fit. Our photos are the horses that were moved up onto Caney Mountain, which is right next to Blackjack Mountain.
Some of the horses in our photos have the GJ brand on them. These are the original horses that came directly from Gilbert Jones's ranch up on Blackjack Mountain. He dedicated his life to preserving the bloodline of these descendants of the Spanish Mustangs and Original Choctaw Indian Ponies. The bloodlines of the Choctaw Indian Ponies go back to some of the original horses that came to this part of the country on 'The Trail of Tears'. Caney Mountain is in the heart of the Choctaw Nation. This is Gilbert Jones's legacy that still lives on today.
The land they were moved to backs up to our ranch and we try to suppliment what they eat when we can afford it. These photos are our effort to help raise public awareness of these beautiful horses and to help in providing for them.