Wild Horse Week-Running Wild and Free
I have to think that part of the sheer joy of being a wild horse is the chance to run wild and free, whenever they want. For me as an observer, it is definitely sheer joy.
Most anytime while watching the horses, a couple of stallions will start chasing each other, or a horse will come running because it got left behind when the herd moved on.
Sometimes, honestly, I think they run simply because they can.
The first evening we were there, we drove out to the herd to get photos. We could tell right away though that they were on the move. They were heading in the general direction of the watering hole, so we jumped in the truck, drove around and down the road, and positioned ourselves in front of the herd. By this time they were all running. Talk about a site to see! My biggest regret was the lighting. It was later in the evening, and there were clouds in the sky as well. So horrid lighting conditions, but I was a crazy shutter clicker anyway.
The gray and white horse in the front, is who we started calling “The Man.” Clearly the lead stallion of the whole herd. He led them to water this day, and the next. The darker horse behind him is the second in command, then so on down the hierarchy line.
Imagine in your mind the sound of hoof beats in the dirt, the swirling dust, the exhilaration of this whole moment. I have to tell you, I was in heaven.
They ran right past us. It was funny, because as some of them got near us, they would speed up to get past.
It was getting pretty dusty towards the end of the herd.
This is the view of them going the other way.
This is another old stallion, and another of Al’s favorites. He has a bit of a limp, although he seems a little less limpy than when we saw him in the spring. He is always in the back of the herd, partly because he can’t move that fast, and partly because his place in the hierarchy is not what it use to be. He is a great looking guy though. Blue eyes, kinda gnarly and scarred, just an awesome horse.
So sometimes they run to get somewhere, and sometimes….just because they can.