Often, we look at a horse and think that they are such gentle animals. And indeed, in many cases, that is exactly the case, especially when it comes to domesticated ones. Even if we see a horse trying to buck off a cowboy, or racing across a field, we still think of them as completely “tame” animals. But when it comes to wild horses, nothing could be further from the truth.
Moments before this battle began, and make no mistake, for this is a true battle, a mare was in the paint’s band in Wyoming’s Red Desert. It was clear she wasn’t happy where she was, for the moment she spied two fine-looking stallions in the distance, the grey and red in this photograph, she took off after them. As stealthily as she could, she tried to give her band the slip, but they paid attention, and saw her leave. As she sped up, they sped up and soon enough, everyone met everyone. It was not an overly pleasant meeting.
The stallions eyed each other, and sized each other up. Before you could even blink the battle was enjoined; one fighting to keep the mare and the other to claim her for his own. Dust flew everyone, and it was a very confusing situation. They reared into the air, time and time again. In the end, however, the red has its way and the mare left with him. No one was hurt, thankfully, but the wild horse remains just that: wild and free.