Tag Archive for Youth

Is’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Super Colt!

free range horse photography of a young colt leaping out of a wooded location

A young foal bursts from the woods in an inspired leap.

Conjuring visions of unicorns in mystical forests, this colt displays wondrous confidence and agility for one so young. He was not startled or fleeing, he was simply filled with the joy of life, and acted out with impulsive, light-hearted energy. He was only five days old on this April morning.

In Love With a Ninja

free range horse photography of two foals meeting nose to nose

A delicate meeting between herd mate foals.

free range horse photography of two foals meeting tenderly

The colt closes his eyes to heighten his sensory meeting with a new filly.

free range horse photography of two foals coming to an understanding

Several weeks his inferior, this filly is a force to be reckoned with for this sturdy colt.

With lightening speed, she rises up to administer a (mock) fatal jab. He never saw it coming.

Good Conscience, Bad Conscience

This image reminds me of the old Looney Toons characters that sat on shoulders as good and bad conscience “angels”. One foal is quite mild and reasonable, while the other is always wild-eyed and suspicious, lurking over the shoulder of the other.

free range horse photography of two older foals

The 2018 foals have become quite independent.

Number Six

There have been only seven foals born this year. This is a charming moment spent with Number Six. I like the ease with which this new colt accepts whatever he encounters. His disposition shows both a softness and an edge, which makes a fine horse.

free range horse photography of a new colt

A colorful colt at about ten days old.

Good Judgement

“Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”

– Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

free range horse photography of wandering young colts

Young horses learn daily, guided by instinct and common sense. They learn from their mistakes and thrive when good judgement prevails.

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.


“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”  – E.E. Cummings


A fresh face in That Herd. He has loads of vigor and high spirit.

free range horse photography of a spirited colt

A three year old colt with loads of confidence.




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.

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.

Mud and Green Grass

Several rainy storms have passed through this winter, creating lots of mud and green grass after many years of drought. For a time, paradise is being celebrated by all of the That Herd horses. This three-year-old colt is an example; any excuse to run and buck is exploited.

wild horse photography of a three year old colt

A young colt celebrates days of rain and mud and green grass.

Kill The Dragon

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

–G.K. Chesterton

Following months of personal and national ups and downs, I/we can find comfort in the everlasting reality that all will be well. This yearling colt is running with several older horses in remote countryside. The lessons he is learning every day will fortify his life in the most productive ways.

wild horse photography of a yearling colt in scenery

Tagging along with the older horses, this yearling colt runs in some rugged country.





Hiding in Plain Sight

This group of yearlings keep their curiosity about people under tight control. After some searching under a blanket of low clouds and still air, suspicious pointy shapes (ear tips) in the distance turned out to be nine elusive yearlings.

wild horse photography of wary yearlings

A rough band of yearlings keeps their distance.

The One That Stands In The Open

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and scorching sun.”

– Napoleon Hill

wild horse photography of a paint filly

A two-year old filly, at home on the range.

Still Sporting the Wild Look

About eight months has passed between these images of a riotous filly. As you can see, she still sports the wild eye and wild hairdo. She is as wary as they come, always the first to move away and prepare for flight.

wild horse photography comparing weanling and yearling filly

A filly, little older, a little taller, but still having a wild eye and wild hairdo.


The Wanderer

A sweeter moment cannot be captured. Completely at ease, a colt ambles past. Young enough to still be a baby but old enough to be independent of his mother, this soon-to-be-weaned colt gave me one of those rare moments of natural perfection, and one of my favorite things; a horse being a horse, in the most beautiful way.

wild horse photography of a sweet-faced colt

All the innocence and curiosity of youth is captured in this colt’s face.

Lighthearted Romp

Green spring grass and a new colt launched in an exploratory flight pattern, for your enjoyment. The vibrancy of this moment is contagious.

wild horse photography of a new colt galloping

A springtime shot of a new colt showing off his awesomeness.


” … This is the age you are broken

Or turned into gold.

This is the age you are broken or turned into gold.”

–Antonia Michaelis, The Storyteller

wild horse photography of an inquiring filly

“The child’s naive dream of life is the only one worth having.” – Marty Rubin


Kids will be kids, even horse-kids. This little guy romped about merrily; he was caught up in his own little game and giving it his all. It is always a highlight to watch the foals test their skills and courage. The green grass has long since disappeared and the spring foals are burly and rough now so it’s nice the see a cute “baby picture”.

wild horse photography of a new colt in a happy gallop

An afternoon romp-o-rama.

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.

wild horse photography of three horses of various ages

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

Serious Play

These two weanling colts were persistent in their games of mock battle, coming together, then running away, several times on this bright morning. Alternating as the aggressor, each colt annoyed and/or attacked the other, each without intent to harm. You can see that the other horses mostly ignored their frequent rough collisions.

wild horse photography of two colts playing

Two colts engage in mock battle.

wild horse photography of a colt jumping on another colt

Over and over, these two colts jumped on each other.

wild horse photography of colts play-biting

Weanling colts never seem to tire of pestering each other.

wild horse photography of two colts play biting

Play bites to the face occur frequently with young colts and fillies.

wild horse photography of two colts in mock battle

Leg biting during mock battle gets rough with the weanling colts.

wild horse photography of two colts rearing while playing

The colts and fillies engage in rough play often.