Stallion Battle


Two stallions vie to win the heart of a mare in Stallion Battle. The wild horses of Wyoming’s Red Desert live wild and free.


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. Stallion Battle, however, is not about domestic horses.

Even if we see a horse trying to buck off a cowboy, or racing across a field, we still think they are “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. The moment she spied the 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.

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