Area of origin: Although Spirit was ranch-bred in Bend, Oregon, the Kiger Mustang originates in the Kiger/Riddle Herd Management Areas of Steens Mountain, on the high desert of southeastern Oregon.
Breed: Kiger Mustang
Color type: Dun with dorsal stripe
Birthday: Donner was born May 8, 1995
Came to Return to Freedom: April 2002
Spirit (or Donner of Steens Mountain) was used as an inspiration and model for the artists and animators during the making of the 2002 DreamWorks animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The film, based on a script about a wild mustang written by John Fusco, a long-time figure in the mustang community, and was a combination of hand-drawn, traditional animation and state-of-the-art computer animation.
Spirit was sired by the foundation stallion Steens Kiger, the first horse admitted to the Steens Mountain Kiger Registry studbook, and is himself listed in the Steens Mountain Kiger Registry as ‘Donner of Steens Mountain’.
~Return to Freedom
Color type: Pinto
Bonnie served as the inspiration for drawing/designing Rain
Photo: Elaine Nash
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