A Horse of a Different Color
Sunday we decided to take a drive and go visit the wild horses one last time. The weather has been pretty iffy lately, wet, snowy and cold. Sunday was cloudy and cold, but nothing actually fell from the sky, so that was good. We looked for the same herd we always visit, but they were nowhere to be found. We had a pretty good idea where they were, but the roads were pretty muddy and we didn’t want to chance it.
So we drove down the main dirt road in the area, to look for a second herd that we had seen in the spring. They weren’t to be found either, so we just kept going and exploring. Good thing we did, we found a whole new herd. Well, a partial new herd anyway. Most of the horses we didn’t recognize, but when I started looking at photos from the spring I realized some of these horses were part of the herd we saw. It was so much fun to find a horse of a different color, or several for that matter.
This palomino stallion was way cool. Notice he only has one ear. And what a different body type he is. Short, and very stocky.
But he was still a good match for the other stallion.
This mare is one of the most beautiful horses I’ve seen. She had a light blonde mane and tale, and a beautiful reddish body.
And this little filly, so impossibly cute.
There were four little colts that were a blast to watch. These guys were all born this past spring, but they were all about practicing and being just like dad.
When looking at my photos from the spring, I realized I had pictures of the two colts in the middle when they were just tiny. How fun to see them growing, and doing so well.
They were playing together even then.
Or chewing on moms ear.
The little buckskin colt was all about tussling with any of them. He may very well grow up to be “The Man.”
And chasing the filly’s already.
This seemed like he was asking this filly’s mom permission to play.
Until he got chased off by someone’s dad.
This one gave us a funny look.
This stallion was definitely in charge. I watched him chase another stallion out for a long way, he then made sure he got the message, and ran back. That was a sight to see.
He had more than one challenger that day.
These two stallions looked identical. I doubt very much they are actual twins, but they certainly had the same dad.
They fought with each other quite a bit, and it was right about then I ran out of film. Yes….ran out. I shot over 2000 images and filled both my SD cards. With no back up card I deleted a few shots, that I knew I could and continued shooting for a minute or two. Finally I gave in, and headed back to the truck. I was so bummed. But, I ended up with some amazing stuff that I have slowly been going through to get on my photography website.
We leave Saturday for Arizona, so it was great to visit the wild horses one more time this year.
And don’t forget, the sale is still happening for a few more days on Mary Hone Photography.