Introductions

The stallion presents himself to a mare and foal.

wild horse photography of a stallion greeting a mare and foal

Stallion and mare responding to each other with matching postures while the young filly displays submissive gnashing in the presence of the stallion.

Mellow

The expression on a horse’s face is an indicator of their mindset. This beautiful young mare is in a happy place inside and out.

wild horse photography portrait of a beautiful young mare

Beautiful expression on this young mare.

Glacial Blue Eyes

Try to tear your gaze away from the mesmerizing eyes on this young horse.

wild horse photography portrait of unusually bright blue eyes on a dark colt

It is impossible to ignore the unsettling gaze from this two year old. I’ve seen him many times but each time I marvel anew at the shocking brightness of his eyes in contrast to his dark coat.

Misty Meeting

The face of acceptance; the softness in her face shows no anxiety about my being there.

wild horse photography portrait of an old mare

This old girl met me on a hilltop. The entire area was shrouded in fog; she and some other mares and foals were filing up and over the hill and she stopped and considered my presence then ambled off.

Ground Thunder

Passing in close proximity, even a small thundering herd evokes primal thrill.

wild horse photography of several young horses running

I can only imagine what it feels like to have a great herd of animals stampede past because just several horses thundering by at close range is awe inspiring.

Under the Magnificent Oak

One of those quiet moments that soothe the soul.

wild horse photography of mares under a giant oak tree

Quiet mare moment under a magnificent oak tree.

Not To Worry

A favorite That Herd member is found after a long period of no sightings.

wild horse photography portrait of a weanling in the rain

I once did not see this colt for months. I always look for this one because he is my favorite That Herd member. Was I worried? No, not really, it is not uncommon to not find members of That Herd every time you look for them. When I did find him, he was happy, unharmed, and completely unaware that his absence had tugged at my piece of mind for many weeks.

Dreaming of Horses

“That night he dreamt of horses in a field on a high plain where the spring rains had brought up the grass and the wildflowers out of the ground and the flowers ran all blue and yellow far as the eye could see and in the dream he was among the horses running and in the dream he himself could run with the horses and they coursed the young mares and fillies over the plain where their rich bay and their rich chestnut colors shone in the sun and the young colts ran with their dams and trampled down the flowers in a haze of pollen that hung in the sun like powdered gold …”

– Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

wild horse photography of a mare and new foal running in a meadow

They ran past for the sheer joy of running. It was a moment when nature can only be praised.

Are You My Mother?

When a filly wakes from a nap and cannot immediately find her mother, she makes several mistakes while soliciting each mare she comes upon for comfort. It was comical to see the foals much more upset by this than the mares. The images are explained in the captions.

The River

wild horse photography of a herd at a river bank

Horses traveling along a river bank. In times of scarce water the horses adapt, sometimes traveling long distances and sometimes not drinking every day.

Excellent Browsers

wild horse photography of a horse grazing between rocks

Horses are excellent browsers. When left to their own devices, they find suitable feed all year long.

Life is Good

wild horse photography of a mare and new foal in grass

This mare and her new foal look content on a late spring afternoon. Those birds are often seen on the backs of grazing horses, I’ve seen a dozen at a time on some.

Sharing the Love

wild horse photography of two colts face biting

The colts are in a constant state of provoking, testing, and tolerating each other. The also bond with each other and have a hierarchy of status among their herd-mates.

The Warning

During the first few days of life the mares are very vigilant with other herd members about keeping their distance from the newborns. As a whole, though, the mares and the stallion are very tolerant and accepting of each other.

wild horse photography a new mother warns another mare to stay away from her newborn

A curious mare receives a strong warning to keep her distance from a newborn foal.

Looking a Mess

wild horse photography portrait of a young horse covered in grime and burrs

I admit when I saw this band of horses, faces and legs covered in greasy dirt and stickers I was disappointed by their lack of majestic presentation. However, this horse, his face sticky with residue from native drought resistant flora and grimy with dust, topped with a crown of burrs, looks bright and quite proud of himself.

For As Far As The Eye Can See

wild horse photography of mare and newborn in oat pasture

Finding this mare in a field of oats gave me a real opportunity to see her new foal. Only a couple of days old in this picture, I had been trying to get a glimpse of this filly; her mother was always in a hurry to move away when I showed up and kept herself between me and the foal until she was out of sight. She is an elusive mare with a newborn so I started calling her Nemisis.

 

Frosty Morning

wild horse photography of a horse in a frosty meadow

A beautiful individual ambles through a frost covered meadow.

Portrait of a Natural Existence

” … we lost our ancient proximity to animals, and the clouds past [passed] swiftly by without us.”  -William Kittredge

wild horse photography of a stallion, mare and foal
Something has caught the attention of the herd stallion and a favored mare and her colt.