"THERE IS NOTHING MORE POWERFUL THAN A WILD STALLION PROTECTING HIS FAMILY. IT'S A DISPLAY OF COURAGE, STRENGTH,AND UNWAVERING DEVOTION."
REGAL I have yet to find words to describe the intensity of a massive wild stallion and the inexpressible feeling that comes from locking eyes with him.
THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATE OUR FATHERS. Although we must be careful not to “humanize” wild horse behavior, it is clear that wild stallions feel a strong responsibility for the safety and welfare of their families, just like our human fathers.
The role of the stallion in wild horse herds is crucial to the survival and success of the group. The stallion is the leader of the band and is responsible for protecting his mares and foals from predators and other stallions. It is a privilege and very moving to observe a band stallion mentoring a younger stallion, often “rough housing” with the youngster to prepare him to eventually fight for his own family.
Young stallions are usually put out of the band at the age of 2-3 years old to seek their own fortunes. They will join a band of other young males and roam together - sparring with each other to develop the necessary skills for "show time."
These young stallions groups are often called "bachelor bands."
COLLISION An encounter between two wild stallions results in a collision of wills. Strength, determination, and pure grit will determine the outcome.
The stallion's primary role is to maintain the safety and security of his herd. He uses his strength and size, posturing to intimidate other stallions and predators and, if necessary, will often engage in fierce battle. Fortunately, an "argument" between two stallions is usually quickly solved but if not, it can result in severe injuries. Defeated stallions may seek solitude and refuge in the wilderness for extended periods to heal and recover.
NUZZLE Stretching their necks to full extension, seeking attention and affirmation, two mustangs nuzzle each other - the most intimate of communications and affection.
Stallions are also responsible for maintaining the social structure of the band. Working as a team with the lead mare, they keep the group together - leading them to food and water sources and protecting the band from what is perceived as a threats.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL WONDERFUL DADS!
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An equestrian for most of her life, award winning photographer Maria Marriott combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American mustangs and the healing power of horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American wild horses and promote healing through equine therapy.
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