Big and Bigger

The size of this large mare, in comparison to a large stallion, is apparent. True, some element of spatial distortion (like holding a fish out toward the camera to make it appear larger) contributes a little, but really it’s a big horse next to a bigger horse. The intensive gaze of these two illustrates how these free roaming horses are in a state of constant awareness of their surroundings. The problem solving that inevitably comes with that makes for some clever horses.

wild horse photography portrait of a mare and stallion
This large mare makes a large stallion seem diminished.

Colorful Newbie

My prediction of readiness to foal was wrong with this mare so I had a nice surprise this morning. A little time should work out the minimal milk issue. The foal is strong and alert.

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A maiden mare welcomes her new foal.

Living in Harmony

An unusual mid-day outing for a female coyote puts her in close proximity to the horses. The calm acceptance of the coyote by the horses is an indication that they do not normally suffer negative associations with the predator. The colt’s mother was standing just out of the image and showed no alarm at the casual appearance of the coyote. Indeed, the coyote’s body language suggests it is more on-guard than the foal and other horses.

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wild horse photography of a coyote and a colt
A coyote and a colt in close proximity to each other.

Curious But Cautious

Life keeps interfering with me posting regularly, and now that the new foals are being born there’s lots to share. Here is a quick post to share a curious but cautious face that could not be any cuter.

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One of the cutest foals I’ve seen this year.


This old mare makes me work for glimpses of her foals when they are born, and it can be exasperating. I’m not surprised at her protective tendency, however, since we do this every year when she foals. I honor her boundaries and keep a far distance from her, and she eventually softens to my arrivals. Now that we understand each other, we can both enjoy her new foal this year. He is about a week old in this shot and this was the first time I could get close enough to take a picture where he’s bigger than an ant in the image. It was fun to see his reaction at my closer proximity; he was just as interested in me as I was in him. His alert posture and inquisitive expression are irresistible in this shot.

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A plucky week-old colt watches me intently.

Finding the Balance

“I know what you are thinking. You are wondering, ‘How is it that he is so strong?’. The man smiled and tapped his finger against his temple. The reason I am so strong is because I think I am.”   –Author unremembered

(Remind me if you know what book that quote came from).

In this case, the He would be She. The yearling is a filly.
An almost-yearling holds her own between a bossy two-year-old and a domineering older herd-mate.

Attitude and prudence is always a balancing act.

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A yearling, two-year-old and mature horse rally for positions.