Stampede

Gene Praag

West Valley, United States

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Wild horses racing to the watering hole in Utah’s west desert. I debated on whether or not to share the story behind this photo and decided to let the story be heard. On the Saturday this photo was taken I witnessed something very sad and moving. If you look in front of the grey mare you can see a shadow in the water. I didn’t know this until after all the horses had finally left but the shadow was the mares colt. This explained the strange behavior of the horses that night. Normally the horses take turns at the watering hole as one band moves in the other band will leave, each band taking their turn. The mother horse (grey mare) would not leave the watering hole that night or let any other band near the hole. After the sun had went down I was finally able to see what was going on and found my sad discovery. After coming home and reviewing my photos from that night you was able to see the mother horse in mourning. She would stomp the water trying to get her colt to get up. The other horses in her band did not wander off until she was ready to leave. The stallion stood by her side the entire night. Earlier photos from that day showed the colt was not doing very well. I am not sure if the colt was that sick and that is where he died or if he may have been caught in the middle of something and sustained some sort of injury.

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