Running Wild Mustangs - Mom And Baby

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Running Wild Mustangs – Mom And Baby

We were photographing Wild Mustangs at Sand Wash Basin, and had stopped to admire them. The horses travel in small groups, or bands, or sometimes referred to as tribes. Suddenly this mom and baby foal started running — I don’t know what started it, and they stopped just a little distance from where they had started. Maybe some dispute with another horse. They are so beautiful, and being wild, they are so strong and proud!

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 11, 2019, Sand Wash Basin, NW Colorado

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