This was the first and last time I saw this Boss Stallion, it was in march 2010 when he had a small band of mares and bachelor stallions. I like this image because it shows a proud mountain horse and with his mane swept to one side showed off his impressive size and thick neck. He rushed me a few times protecting his band and made sure I kept my distance. He would than go back to his band and guide them into the safety of the thick forest, I was impressed by how he protected his band definitely not the behavior of a domesticated horse! A year later the Alberta gov’t allowed the biggest round up of the wild horses, over 250 horses were believed to have been rounded up…90%(maybe higher) went to slaughter houses and I am afraid this stallion and his band were probably part of those horses that went to slaughter. It is sad how Alberta treats the heritage of these horses, they should be protected and given ‘heritage animal’ status. Ghost Forest, Alberta, Canada
“A dog may be man’s best friend…but the horse wrote history. Author Unknown”
“Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it. J.T Moore”
but, there is good news the Alberta Gov’t (under pressure by the people of Alberta and others) have suspended the horse round up for this year…hopefully this is one step closer to declaring the horse a heritage animal.
go here for more info on the wild horse:
about: image tonemapped in photomatix converted to Black and white using green filter with warming hues and added a little film grain.
Below is an image of his band I was able to capture before they disappeared into the forest and the last time I saw them.