Great images. I used to go and visit the herds of wild Konik horses at the Oostvaardersplassen (Netherlands) pretty often – you’re right, better show respect and keep your distance as they will protect young. Mostly the just walked off though…
Hey thanks for visiting and sharing that about the Konik horses. I had not heard of them before. I looked at some images and they are beautiful. cheers. 🙂
All I can say is Wow, what an experience. And yes, never forget that they are wild. Great shots!
Thanks Barbara! 🙂
Great how you can get so close to them. I guess with sufficient time and exposure the familiarity will happen. Saw some bachelor stallions in action last June and I had a wonderful time watching them.
Yes it is nice when they become relaxed around you. Bachelors are a lot of fun. I am glad you had the opportunity to see them. Were they wild?
Definitely wild! At Pizona in northern California, just east of Yosemite.
Wonderful post, Alison. I love those horses. 🙂
Thank you Bob. They are special. 🙂
Such beautiful animals! Thx for sharing these portraits. Forgive my ignorance but where did these horses come from originally? Were they released a long time ago and become wild?
Thanks Lori. The answer to your question can be controversial. Most of the wild horses of the west are not true mustangs. Most are ranch horses gone wild, horses not needed anymore turned loose. Some a long time ago, some more recently. It is a mixed bag. A few herds like the Kigers in Oregon and some other places can still trace their heritage to the Spanish Mustang but not that many now.
What beautiful images and a memorable experience to boot! Thanks for sharing this story!
You are welcome. Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂
Gorgeous photos of the horses! I love all of them!
Thank you Lisa. 🙂
I always enjoy your excellent pictures of the wild horses you encounter. However, it is your stories, gosh, what great stories, that always set the mood and keep me spell bound. Thanks
Hey thanks enmanscamera. That means a lot. I started out just wanting to post photos but find myself getting pretty wordy sometimes. 🙂
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