Wild Horse Encounter


Dave and I were exploring a new and unknown track deep in the mountains when we had a wonderful surprise! I was driving in front and decided to stop to take a photograph of David sweeping around the side of a hill in his Land Rover. As I was following him through the viewfinder a group of horses suddenly appeared over the brow of the hill! This was such an unexpected surprise as we were many miles from the nearest settlement, and suspect that these horses could be truly wild. Some have cast doubt that these horses were truly wild as many horses are let loose to graze on pastures and village meadows. However, these horses were reluctant for us to approach them and displayed behaviour that I have not seen in working horses before. The location was extremely remote and took us several hard hours of driving to reach, far from any human habitation.

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The stallion in charge was very protective of his mares and constantly kept an eye on us and what we were doing. As soon as we made a move to approach the mares and foals he would round them up and move them further away. As soon as he moved them he would turn and stare at us always keeping himself between our vehicles and his group.

Black stallion

The stallion was in perfect condition with the sun glistening on his skin.

Black stallion

Encounter with wild horses

Mares & Foals

Mares & Foals

Black stallion

When I tried to venture closer the stallion stood his ground with no fear in warning like fashion.

Dave boiling water

A fantastic view is the only excuse we need to get out the Kelly kettle!

Dave boiling water using Kelly kettle

Enjoying a brew