Wild Horses: The Curious Family

Carol Walker Wild Horse Tales

This summer I visited wild horses in Oregon for the first time. One of the most enjoyable mornings was just before dawn in the Palomino Butte Herd Management Area. And yes there are Palominos there!
We saw a group of horses a few hundred feet from the road, so I got my camera and started walking slowly to them. The gorgeous Palomino stallion was the first to see me and he watched me for a little while and then went back to grazing.

The Palomino stallion

The Palomino stallion

Pretty soon, more family members started looking up, and then began moving toward me. This is absolutely one of my favorite parts of being out with wild horses. The herds that are not sued to people tend to be very curious, and when their curiosity wins out over their fear, they will come check me out, and are as interested in seeing me as I am in seeing them.

They notice me and start moving forward

They notice me and start moving forward

A sorrel mare and her buckskin foal

A sorrel mare and her buckskin foal

The youngsters are the most curious

The youngsters are the most curious

I had taken a seat on the ground and was watching quietly and taking photos with my 600 lens. At one point they came so close I could only get 1 horse in the frame.

Mother and yearling Palomino

Mother and yearling Palomino

The bravest one!

The bravest one!

Soon a beautiful pinto buckskin mare came close with her pale Cremello yearling and her foal.

Mare, yearling and foal

Mare, shy yearling and foal

Looking for reassurance from mom

Looking for reassurance from mom

Pretty soon the Cremello colt felt braver and came quite close as well.

The Cremello

The Cremello

Even the stallion comes close

Even the stallion comes close

As the sun started coming up, the colors of the horses and the landscape were beautiful.

A beautiful threesome

A beautiful threesome

After a while, the horses start to go back to grazing, and the stallion moves behind them, encouraging them to move away. I feel grateful for the peaceful and intimate encounter.

The stallion moves the family away

The stallion moves the family away

Images from this post can be found in my Palomino Buttes Gallery:

http://www.livingimagescjw.com/buy-books-prints/fine-art-prints/nggallery/wild-horses/palomino-buttes

 

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