The Future of Wild Horses
This post is in response to The Daily Post photo prompt this week, Future.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had the real pleasure of photographing some wild horses. I have to wonder what the future of these wild horses is though.
This little gray colt was already full of himself, and destined to be a great stallion in the future.
In some areas of the west, wild horses are considered a second class citizen. Utah is definitely one such area. Never mind the fact that they were here first. Long before the cows, and the ranchers showed up. But the horses are forced to compete with the cows, for land to live on. In my eyes, it’s 100% unfair to the horses. The BLM round up these beautiful wild animals, sterilize the mares, and take the “excess” horses to auction. Were hopefully they are adopted by a person who knows how to handle a wild mustang.
This little man was so sweet, and curious. What will his future be like?
There are miles, and miles of open land where this particular herd lives. In my opinion, they should have that land all to themselves, and be left alone. I would much rather see these beautiful majestic animals than a bunch of stupid, smelly cows.
This herd had 4 or 5 little ones. What is their future, who will protect their interests in this land grabbing part of the west?
This loving mother just wants to protect her little one.
Such grace, power, and beauty.
I want future generations to be able to experience these horses, just like I have. Will that happen, will they remain a symbol of the wild and expansive west?
I can only hope.
If you have Netflix and want to watch a good show about adopting wild mustangs, look for Unbranded. It’s a true story, and a great show.
I also have these images, and more, for sale on Mary Hone Photography.