I lost count of the amount of times I put my camera down to observe a new and interesting behavior of a wild horse, especially when I first started photographing them.
It was all so new and fascinating!
"Snaking" is a herding behavior displayed by wild stallions. It is characterized by a horse lowering its head and pinning its ears back flat against their neck, while moving in forward motion. The neck is lowered below horizontal and moves from side to side. The behavior makes the neck/head look long and snake-like, thus the term "snaking."
"Snaking" is used by the stallion to make horses in his band move in the desired direction. It's an aggressive act. It asserts dominance and directs the band members where to go. It's also used when herding an uncooperative mare or driving his youngsters away from other stallions.
"Leader" displays the unique wild behavior, the battle scars and the raw beauty of the wild.
An equestrian for most of her life, Maria combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American wild horses. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of several non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American mustangs.