Massive forces of moving muscle wrap and grace the equine form and spirit. There is no other creature on the planet quite like them...
The largest herd I have even been surrounded by, literally immersed into the middle of what I guessed to be 275+ wild horses. Its raw and lyrical and there is no other feeling in the world like it. I'm quite certain I may not ever have that opportunity, nor will anyone, ever again. In the spring and early summer the bands come together and the fight for breeding rights ensues. When I'm out with the wild herds, no matter which area I'm in, I find myself surrounded by the herd leader. I’d love to think its kismet,but as herd dynamics go, its the proud role of the leader. This exquisite stallion was near me almost every day of this trip. Spanish in his look and stature, he was like watching poetry as he courted the hearts of young fillies. This image was captured as he was doing just that. Literally courting a beautiful bay filly with big doe eyes away from her family band. Such a beauty to witness as the mare and stallion of that band, put up no argument, knowing this is the true ord
a strong and wonderful stallion courting away a young filly from his family. A sight to witness, a memory forever...
Every time I turned around during my time in Skull Valley Utah this stallion was within 50 feet of me. I felt at first he was certainly “watching” me and by the end of the five days I felt as though he was watching over me. Quietly sitting within the herd on my last day I put my camera down and took time tothank mother nature for the joy she had given me. With tear filled eyes I said thank you to him and repeated a promise I had made years ago...to the best of my ability I will help tell their story, and make sure they matter, have a voice and be seen. In fall of 2009, a “last minute” round up was executed, this herd was stripped down to approximately 40 horses from the herd of about 2-300 strong. I’m not sure I will ever see a herd that large again, and there is a good chance this stallion, the strongest and most untouched one of the herd is sitting inpermanent holding with a brand on his neck and hip, somewhere in the middle of Utah, his freedom on the other side of pipe fencing. W
Esperanza means H O P E ...This stallion exemplifies hope for me, he sealed a fate in me that can not be undone...to work hard and share his story...he represents strength within softness. With barely a mark on him he was the herd leader and one of the best ones I have ever laid witness too. My "hope" for him and all his bretheren is forever freedom.
the smallest act of kindness, change and compassion can create a ripple, a wave and a difference. When in doubt...do something.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.~ Dalai Lama
Utah Wild Stallion