How did cattle and horses get to Colorado?
Both horses and cattle came to the Americas in around 1490 when
Christopher Columbus arrived with many Spanish refugees fleeing
from Spain to develop new colonies in the New World and take over
new land to call their own. He brought over the Spanish barbarian
type horses (which are the foundation of the American/Spanish
Mustangs and native american indian ponies), and criollo or
longhorn-type cattle (which are the foundation of the "native"
American breeds including Texas Longhorn and Florida
Cracker/Pineywoods). These cattle and horses, after being abandoned
or escaping from settlements, became wild and feral and spread out
both in Mexico and what is now known as the USA. The horses were
found out by the Native Americans to be highly useful for hunting
buffalo and transporting their camps from place to place.
Consequently, these horses were able to spread all over the USA and
into Canada, including what is now known as the state of Colorado.
As for cattle, there weren't really many, if any, cattle in
Colorado until after the American Civil War and many ranches
started popping up all over the American West, including Colorado.
With the onset of ranches, came more horses and yes, more