An image that I'm truly grateful for, and I almost tossed it out, completely. It was a freezing cold, CA freezing that is, but truly it was a February morning, about 5 am, heavy fog, winds and in the low 40's. circa 2005. There was so much mist I couldn't see the horses, but I could hear them, however I remember the almost haunting feelings as the winds were moving sound around and I was figuring I should go back and wait for the fog to clear a bit, then literally he appeared about 30 feet in front of me, he was still quite leary of humans then and I could tell he wasn't sure where to go or where to look. I only took a few photos of him, as it was so dark I just didn't think much would come out of this shoot. And was more concerned with him feeling at ease. At first glance of the image, it was shot digitally and with beginners equipment for sure I was not impressed, I went to toss it, something stopped me and while later I came back to it, with the idea of the color toning I had
Chief is a magnificent stallion from the Sulpher Springs herd management area in Utah. After his capture from his homeland he endured various forms of abuse while attempts were made to tame him. Brought to Return to Freedom, Chief now protects a beautiful herd of Sulpher Springs mares. Thesehorses have DNA most similar to the primitive Iberian horses the Sorria, now threatened with extinction.I like most visitors, came to see Spirit and experience wild horses. The moment I stepped into the presence of this stallion and his herd of mares my life changed. They spoke to me in a way no words can convey and I can barely write about him without choking up. He is part of the series of eventsthat changed and possibly saved my life. It is through him with gratitude and conviction I hope to help in some small way to make a difference.Chief has the presence of a gentleman, courting this mare with such elegance and grace for nearly an hour one foggy and misty Sunday evening.
...that stunning stallion, yet again.
"...and I whispered to the horse: trust no man in whose eye you don't see yourself reflected as an equal." - Don Vincenzo Giobbe (circa 1700)
chief & SissSiss
Abrasador Amante was born free in the Cerbat Mountain area of Northwestern Arizona. After wandering 60 miles from his range in search of mares, he managed to persuadea rancher’s domestic mares to follow him back into the mountains. The rancher had the Bureau of Land Management go after his mares. The stallion was then captured and heldin Government corrals for three years. With less than 50 of these Old World horses left, the BLM wanted to 'break' this rare Cerbat stallion and use him as an Ambassador. Amantewas labeled 'dangerous' after three wranglers were hospitalized. In 2003, Amante was auctioned to the highest bidder. Thanks to a generous donor, Amante came to Return to Freedom where he lives with a band of 4 Spanish mares. Amante, a handsome dark bay stallion, is a rare strain of early Colonial Spanish Horse. It is estimated that only 40 Cerbatsexist in the wild today. Abrasador Amante means ~ "Fiery Lover"
equine fine art photography
circa 2006Sutter is from the Great Basin, NV area. A stunning example of the cavalry mounts that servied our country.
In the winter of 2009, the BLM launched one of the largest (and deadliest) wild horse roundup in recent years and removed some 1,922 wild horses from their home in the Calico Mountains Complex in Northwestern Nevada.In a gesture of restitution, Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary embarked on an historic rescue in 2010 totaling 22 stallions and 84 mares, all survivors of the Calico Mountains, NV, roundup, conducted by the BLM in January 2010 and The Silver King roundup. The rescued Calico and Silver King horses are destined for a large-scale wild horse preserve that we are creating in the western United States, where the stallions and mares will be reunited.Please consider sponsoring one of our horses in an effort to help. ~Return to Freedom
Choctaw Stallion, 2008