Friendship

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

– Thomas Aquinas

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Horses are capable of forming such strong bonds with each other (and sometimes humans..) It never stops to amaze me.

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The horses in today’s post are mustangs, at Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary. Some of them have been adopted since I took these photos.

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It’s interesting to see many horses together, wether it’s in the wild, or on a big pasture. They usually form small family groups, that grazes together, and help watch each others back (literally.) Within the group, members usually pair up, two and two. The two horses in the pair, are often in the same age, and it is common that they are of the same color (or similar color.) These close friends can often be seen within “touching distance” from each other, grazing together, playing tag, or grooming each other with their teeth.

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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These mustangs came from the Virginia Range, outside Reno (NV,) just like my boy Rebel. they were not caught on BLM land, and therefor they are not branded on their neck (like most mustangs in captivity.) They were caught by Nevada Department of Agriculture, and they branded them with their “N” (as you can see in several of the photos.)

My daughter loves My Little Ponies. If you have a young girl in your life, you might know that they all have different cutie marks (hearts, butterflies, cherries etc.) These cutie marks happen to be located in the exact same spot as these mustangs “N’s”. The other day my daughter pointed out, with a very serious face, that Rebel also had a cutie mark..

Enjoy the rest of your day!

/Maria

2 thoughts on “Friendship

  1. Thank You so much Russell! That top one is one of my personal favorites as well. I actually took that photo back in 2013. One of the first times I visited the sanctuary. A rather big, chestnut mustang was caught (if I remember right he was running on one of the highways outside Reno,) and ended up in the sanctuary. He immediately pronounced himself as the “protector” of a family of three cremello colored mustangs, that lived at the sanctuary. The four of them became very close. I believe they all was adopted out to the same place.

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