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[RC] Hidalgo and Spanish Mustangs - Jim Mitchell

  Here is another good link with some truth about Mr Hopkins that is in Outside magazine.
 
 
  People who love Spanish Mustangs (such as the breeder shown in the History Channel special) seem to be very defensive and think their breed is somehow tied up with Frank the pathological liar.  This seems to be making them abandon all reason supporting this lie.  The truth is Spanish Mustangs or the older "broncs" or range mustangs didn't need a person like Frank to portray them positively. The highest mileage horse at the 2001 XP was at least 1/2 Spanish Mustang, it was the only Spanish Mustang at the ride I believe.  1650 miles in 8 weeks, you can view pictures and his story on the XP web page I think.
    The researched and documented story that has been discussed here and is available in an out of print book called "The Great Endurance Horse Race" (?) certainly shows the stamina and ability of range horses (mustangs) from the early 1900's when pitted against blue bloods of other breeds.
   I can't believe the way Disney is treating this, I guess they assume that most people won't care, which they don't.  It isn't  whether Frank was a liar or not, he is long dead and who cares.  To me it is that Disney and Touchstone, is ignoring the mountain of evidence about the truth of Frank Hopkins. It bothers me that they are ignoring rational thought and the pursuit of truth for some reason. It certainly wouldn't be money would it.
 
   Jim
 
 The first victim of war is truth could be changed to the first victim of big business is truth. I hate to say that being a business owner myself, but look at Enron, World Com, etc, haven't these companies learned anything. Once you start to lie, it just gets easier and easier.