Yesterday I traveled along the Green River, WY Wild Horse Loop. Wow some beautiful wild horses, in the wild lots and lots of open land again.
I went the wrong way in the morning there was a sign for Green River. I was on 191 south. There was a huge huge canyon. I could see Salt Wells HMA with trucks up on the hill. . I even got SNOWED ON while on the mountain.
Finally, I was on the road, if you call it a road. There were only dirt tracts, a great reminder of our ancestors who traveled some of these same lands by covered wagon. Those covered wagons that were pulled by these same wild horses that I seek to protect. Wild horses were caught and tamed for many uses, pulling wagons was just one of many. Thinking about all of this gives me a certain air of nostalgia as I travel slowly along looking for the herds in this areas.
I chose the dirt path with most manure. There was no shortage to guide my way. I drove for 10 miles, thinking to myself, “come on guys where are you?” I had just finished complaining to Pip, my parrot and co-pilot, about not seeing the horses. Then I heard the neighing.
I could feel the excitement in my heart. I followed the sound going down another dirt track. And there they were, 6 majestic, free, wild horses. 2 yearnings, 2 studs (at least I imagined they were, but neither one wanted to tell me if they had previously been gelded and released), and 2 mares.
Wow was the only thought I had at that moment. I was just in awe. I walked closer to them, reminding myself these were wild animals and I had to keep control of my desires to be near them and maintain a safe a distance. A couple raised their heads while the others just kept grazing.
I took many pictures. Then, they started towards me, dam I knew I had to walk toward ,y car. While I was standing safely in front of my car they crossed the track right behind my car. I took more pictures, wishing I had a better device to take great pictures, but this will do because the beauty I saw would be forever embedded in my memory.
I drove further along the dirt road and saw lots of pronghorn. They looked so content playing and enjoy this beautiful place. There was so much land, and it was in very good shape with plenty of forage.
I turned around went back to the main road following the way the other 6 horses had been heading. No more 60 feet after I turned around, there they were. There were resting at a rock cropping, butts to the wind. 3 were laying down and 3 standing up. Of course this was another opportunity for more pictures.
I started driving again. Remembering this was supposed to be a loop. I found 2 more on this track Walking cautiously closer to the pair, I realize there’s a foal laying on the ground. Thrilled at finding such a young wild horse I spent quite a bit of time here and taking more photos of course. I was not as close as I had been with the other little bands I had found earlier in the day. The adults were keeping their eyes on me, I knew I needed to make sure I was not making them nervous or invade their space. After all, this is their land, their home, and I am only a visitor.
I get back to my car and realize there is hissing sound coming from the rear of my car. Everything appeared to be fine though. I spent another 2 hours looking on from the road. everything seems fine Got here after I spent another 2 hrs looking from the road. I was hoping there would be others wandering through and maybe closer.
I saw 3 more but, I wasn’t taking any more dirt tracks as the day was progressing toward evening and I needed to be on roads I knew better before dark. But, YES, I say it was pretty good day. I needed to see my beloved horses free, healthy, happy and in the wild where they belong.
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