LIVING SYMBOLS OF THE WEST 2

I recently wrote a post about how much I love to observe wild horses in Nevada. One of the things I cherish the most is watching young horses play. Even though it sometimes can look pretty wild, it’s a beautiful dance.

 
Young Mustangs Playing Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 1 by Maria Jansson

 

If you are anything like me, the first thing you noticed in this photo was the two horses standing on their hind legs, right? Look again! There’s five more horses in very close proximity to the horses standing on two legs. They are all eating grass! Nothing dangerous going on here. Just some friendly playtime.

 
Young Mustangs Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 2 by Maria Jansson

 

This was several minutes later, and they are still playing!

 
Young Horses Playing Framed Print featuring the photograph Young Mustangs Playing 4 by Maria Jansson

 

A few minutes later the roles have changed, and there’s another horse in the dominant position. The dance goes on for several more minutes. There’s no aggression involved, just a friendly wrestling game between friends.

 
Friends Framed Print featuring the photograph Friends by Maria Jansson

 

…and a few minutes later everyone set their eyes on greener pasture, starting to walk up into the foothills. They are walking close together, almost constantly touching each other. Horses are very affectionate. This is a family group that belongs together.

Wild horses are wild, for sure, but the amount of time they spend fighting like we see it on National Geographic, or in dramatic photos, is extremely limited. Most of the time, not seldom around 18 hours/day, they are eating grass. The rest of the time they are either moving around, walking to food, or water, playing with friends, or sleeping.

 

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact 
with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom. – Sharon Ralls Lemon

 

I find this quote especially true while watching wild horses play 🙂 I hope you had a fantastic day!

Yours,

Maria

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