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A small, hardy wild horse of the North American plains, descended from horses brought to America by Spanish explorers and European settlers.
(Breeds) a small breed of horse, often wild or half wild, found in the southwestern US
[C19: from Mexican Spanish mestengo, from mesta a group of stray animals]
a small, hardy horse of the American plains, descended from Spanish stock.
[1800–10, Amer.; < Sp mestengo stray beast: pertaining to a mixed lot of beasts]