Whether wild or domestic, survival requires that young foals are never far from their mothers. But this newborn has encountered something brand new in her world – Water! Her mother has gone on across, and from the far side she calls encouragement for her foal to follow. Hesitantly, she takes her first steps into the cold liquid, and carefully begins picking her way across the rocky stream. Finally reaching the far side, she follows her mother’s hoofprints up the other bank.
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I grew up with horses during my teenage years. Now living in the west, where there is nothing more iconic and “western” than wild horses, I have had some wonderful and unique opportunities to observe and photograph wild horse bands up close in two locations- Pilot Butte, just north of Rock Springs, Wyoming and the Pryor Mountains band in Wyoming and Montana. Watching the interactions of the various herd members – stallions “snaking” their mares along a ridge, mares tenderly sheltering their tiny young foals, dominance battles between the stallions, constantly chasing and stealing of each others’ mares. And in the midst of it all, the rambunctious adolescents, tearing around the valley floor and playing their mock games of war, constantly pestering and creating mayhem, and practicing their budding skills on each other – often much to the annoyance of their mothers and other herd members!
These are memories that stay in the heart!