For many months of the year there is not a lot going on with wild horses to make for good photos. Horses grazing quietly don’t make for dynamic or interesting photos in my opinion. This time of year we have a crop of new foals which are fun to photograph and fighting stallions which are my absolute favorite subject.
After a mare foals, if everything had gone alright, she is ready to breed again in a week or two. So the herd stallions and bachelors are on the hunt for a mare who is receptive. That naturally puts the males in competition.
In this series of photos, the Roan Stallion is the herd stallion. He comes charging up the hill when he sees that a handsome young bay bachelor is making time with one of his mares. She coyly greets the bachelor with arched neck and they are getting to know one another when the Roan inserts himself in between them. They all sniff noses for a few minutes and then the bay presses his attention which results in a fight. The mare slips off while these two settle it.
The Bay bachelor is rebuffed and leaves to try his luck somewhere else.
43 thoughts on “Exciting Time of the Year for Wild Horse Photography”
You nailed it! Liked the entire story, and am left in awe of these animals – big, powerful, beautiful….yet wild and seemingly doing quite well in the absence of man.
Thanks Nick! So happy you enjoyed the story and photos. They are magnificent animals. 🙂
Thank you. They were fun to take. 🙂
Thank you Tini. 🙂
Wow, so beautiful!
Thank you. 🙂
Beautiful and very dramatic!
Thanks! Yes they know how to put on a show. 🙂
Thank you. They are beautiful animals. 🙂
Yes they are- magical!
Great photo’s Alison – you’ve captured the story very well
Thank you. I am enjoying working on photo stories. 🙂
Thank you. I enjoy working on photo stories. 🙂
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horses are wonderful creatures, and even if I like seeing pictures of them, I’m quite scared to approach them 🙂
The are beautiful and powerful animals. I have my moments too. 😉
awesome, awesome, awesome!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 🙂
I’m betting you nailed all these cool photos with that wonderful new Tamron lens. How far away were you (approximately)?
Thanks Alli, I was using my Canon 100-400 and I was not that far away. The data shows that these were taken at about 260mm. 🙂
Fantastic series. Gorgeous photos.
Thank you. 🙂
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Thanks for pointing in the direction of your photo blog. I like it very much. I will be following your photo adventures. 🙂
Great post, and great photos!! I need to go out and find me some wild horses 🙂
Thanks Maria. You have lots of places near you to choose from to get up close and personal. 🙂
Wow… I am amazed! Horses are simply magnificent creatures.
They really are beautiful. Thank you Eva. 🙂
You’re welcome! 🐎🐴
WOW! Incredible images and what a sight to see; they are beautiful!
Thanks Cynthia. They certainly are. 🙂
Your photos are exquisite. I am a major fan of your work~
Thank you so much Cindy. Likewise. 🙂
Nice photo story. Love it.
Thank you Tom. 🙂
Nice pics 🙂