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The Santa Cruz Island Horse was a feral horse on Santa Cruz Island, descended from horses originally brought by Spanish settlers in 1830. Horses were removed from the island in 1998. In 1999, a breeding program was started to conserve the breed.[1]

The horses are bred at El Campeon Farms in Thousand Oaks, California, until today[when?].[2]


  1. ^ Blumenshine, K.M. (2002). "Preliminary Survey of Physical, Genetic, Physiological and Behavioral Traits of Feral Horses (Equus caballus) on Santa Cruz Island". Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: 315.
  2. ^ "Santa Cruz Island Horse". Retrieved 2017-06-02.