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Proud And Free – Wild Mustang Horse
Wild Mustang stallion portrait. This is one of a band of horses that came galloping along as I watched from my car, after driving the dirt roads at Sand Wash Basin in NW Colorado looking for them. So proud and beautiful!
Wild Mustangs are free-roaming horses of the American west that were originally brought to the Americas by the Spanish. We think of Mustangs as wild horses, but because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they are actually feral horses. This free-roaming horse population is managed and protected by the BLM, the Bureau of Land Management. There is some controversy surrounding the sharing of land and resources by the free-ranging mustangs with the livestock of the ranching industry. There is also dispute about the methods with which the federal government manages the wild horse numbers.
Photo taken on May 12, 2019, at Sand Wash Basin in NW Colorado.