Tag Archive for wild horse

Rugged Good Looks

Without the usual heavy forelock covering his face, you can see the charming white eyelashes on this beast. He looks handsome and content.

free range horse photography of a young stallion

A young That Herd stallion strikes a pose.

Crabby Pants

A new colt, first seen at about a week old, is doted on by his mother. She is not keen on my getting close, and moves away often. The colt amused me by making a mad face at all the horses, foals or mares, who ventured too close to him. He looks innocent enough in this image though.

free range horse photography of a mare and new colt

A new colt gets special attention from his mother.

Battle Worn

He’s looks cute, but he’s a fighter. Shoving and biting, rearing and racing, the colts use their free time to practice techniques that may help them, in the future, win mares. Even the castrated colts engage with alarming intensity, securing social position or defending it.

free range horse photography of a colt that fights

Apparently, this four year old colt has been engaging in mock battles.

 

Hollywood Style

A July image of a colt, both attractive and strong; he has an unusual blue slice of color in his left eye.

free range horse photography of an attractive colt

A strong colt with Hollywood markings and a blue colored strip in one eye.

Beauty Before Beauty

A powerful mare emerges from woody terrain to investigate my visit. She is young and strong and good-natured. I think she looks lovely in this setting.

free range horse photography of a powerful mare in scenery

Emerging from a woody area, this mare is framed in scenery.

A Oak-Bark Coat

This young filly has changed so much, I barely recognized her after not seeing her for many weeks. Her coloration has deepened into a perfect match for the woody areas where she roams. With herd dark woody brown coat and splotchy white markings, she has perfect camouflage in the trees when the sunlight filters in.

free range horse photography of a filly in the woods

A young filly browses in a dry woody area.

Morning Muse

Aurora Musis amica. (Dawn is friend of the muses).

There is no heat yet from the sun; the only hour of this day that won’t be hot until well after sunset. It was not cool, just not hot yet. This put a spring in her step, and doesn’t that light make her look pretty?!

free range horse photography of a paint mare

A beautiful mare in the first light of day.

 

If Wishes Were Horses

… dreamers would have a vast herd of noble steeds, like this one.

A beautiful image captured of a horse I admire.

free range horse photography of a young stallion portrait

A young stallion patrols the perimeter of his herd.

Welcoming Faces

Farther than most would go, that’s where you will find them.

free range horse photography of young mares in scenery

Young mares with welcoming faces.

Leadership

Quiet leadership from the herd stallion, on a day to day basis, can seem like an annoyance. All that driving and gathering of the mares sometimes seems without purpose or need. It’s as if the stallion is just being imperious. That being said, in times of confusion or stress, the leadership of the stallion can be life-saving. All that daily enforcement of his will is necessary when real danger is present. Leadership is a thankless role, until truly needed. Then you’re a hero.

free range horse photography of a veteran herd stallion

Leadership from the herd stallion is valuable in times of confusion or stress.

Sorting Things Out

Legs crossed and mouth exploring, this three day old colt creates an endearing sight.

free range horse photography of a funny new colt

Only three days old; this colt is not quite sorted out.

Five Years With A Favorite

It has been five years since I first laid eyes on this ordinary bay colt. One of the last foals of the year, born with tight front leg tendons, this newborn colt caught my attention. He was not flashy or attention grabbing in the usual ways. It was the valiant effort he made to keep up with his mother, his expression one of earnest concentration, his resilience in navigating his bent knees over the challenging terrain and through the vegetation, that stood out. In a few days, his tendons were normal and he marched about with curiosity and good-natured acceptance of whatever presented itself to him. At five years old, he has the same thoughtful expression and pleasant disposition. He remains respectable in every way. He has remained a personal favorite of mine in the herd.

wild horse photography of a five year old colt

A favorite That Herd colt turns five years old.

The Commander

The behavior of a herd stallion changes often and with a moment’s notice. One minute, he may doze alone in the shade, the next moment he may thunder into the mares, head high, bellowing, marching about, with his tail sweeping from side to side. He may turn from quiet grazing to rambunctious patrols in an instant. Often, his expression may turn from gentle acceptance to fierce commander, as in this image.

wild horse photography of a commanding stallion

The behavior of a herd stallion is complex and changes in a moment.

Thistle Eating 101

I have a lot to say about horses eating thistles when surrounded by other (seemingly better) choices, I just don’t have a lot to say right now. In the mean time, here is a delightful, good-natured mare eating a thistle with plenty of other grasses underfoot.

wild horse photography of a thistle eating mare

Horses eating thistles when there are plenty of other choices is always a wonder.

Welcome, Your Largeness

Well, she’s huge, and I don’t mean the bay filly in the background (who I call Chunk), I mean the newly born filly. She is a day old in this image. Again, and still, I am forced to marvel at the fact that she was, just hours before, rolled up inside the mare. Inconceivable!

wild horse photography of a large newborn

A very large day-old filly.

Wonderful Relief

“Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give.”

–Jane Austen, Emma

(Even for a horse)

wild horse photography of a paint mare in a pond

Warmer days make the pond a wonderful place.

Attitude Is Everything

An underdog in age and size, this new colt is all powerful when perched on this dirt mound. Hilariously, all of the foals spent time exploring the power of elevated position on a couple of mounds of dirt one morning. They strode confidently around the pinnacle of the mound, defending their position from curious herd mates.

wild horse photography of a rearing foal

Attitude is everything for this young foal.

Daily Dose

Here is your daily dose of cuteness. I could provide an hourly dose of cuteness, if I only had more time to devote to this archive. I am delighted to report that there are many moments of foal cuteness and discovery to come.

wild horse photography of a fine featured new colt

The delicate features of a new colt disguise his toughness.

Dreamscape

This carefree romp is brought to you by the That Herd stallion. Life is good.

wild horse photography of a romping stallion

A carefree moment for the herd stallion.

Self Confidence

Bravely standing right in the middle of somewhat tense communication between a stallion and his mother, this colt correctly displays the submissive mouth gnashing behavior. Many foals are intimidated by the stallion and keep their distance out of respect, but this colt has had no problem with greeting and interacting when the stallion is in close proximity. Even in this moment, he stands squarely in the middle of negotiations.

wild horse photography of communication between a stallion and mare

Communication between a stallion and mare observed by an intrepid colt.