Coming down out of the mountains after a long hunt, we rode along the river that runs in front of the hunting lodge. Along the way, one of the horses started braying as they always do when they smell other horses. I looked all around and then, to my surprise, saw a very large herd of horses behind us. One of the neighbors was moving the herd along the river and they were moving at a trot. As we were only walking along, the herd quickly caught up to us.
As soon as the herd was even with us, our horses picked up to a trot and joined right in with the rest of the herd. It was as if they just felt at home with their own kind and just decided to join along. I happened to be shooting video as the horses approached us and when our horses joined the herd. It is a larger than usual file (about 10 megabytes) but is perhaps one of the most beautiful spectacles that I experienced on this trip. I highly recommend the wait to download it.
Once we were part of the horse herd, I switched from video to photo and continued taking shots. I have ridden horses before, I have seen a few horses together, but I have never seen (much less been in) a herd of wild horses running along in the outdoor wilderness. These large animals were both beautiful and majestic. It was an amazing experience that I will not soon forget.
Once we broke free of the horse herd to continue to our lodge, our horses wanted to take a break for water. The sound they made as they sucked up water from the river sounded like a high-powered vacuum sucking water from a pool. They drank and drank for about 5 minutes. I didn’t think to video it until they were just finishing.
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