His shiny coat glistened gunbarrel gray as he pranced in the sun-dappled soft shadows of the juniper grove. The only gray horse amongst a small band of bay stallions, he was a real stunner!

High Schells Wilderness

Equine Art & Photography

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2011 Wild Horses Of The Open Range Calendar

Cover Image: Band Of Brothers

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Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful, Arla!

  • Thanks!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgealmost 4 years ago

    I believe the male horse is the only animal referred to as gentleman…I remember an lady friend who homesteaded a ranch here in BC years ago referred to her horses as ladies and gentlemen…funny how things stick with you…some of my fondest memories of youth are centered around this ranch and the horses…I sure like you photographs Arla…thanks alot for taking the time to capture their beauty and sharing them with me…

  • It is my great pleasure, Rick …
    Of course, had there been a ‘lady’ of the equine persuasion present, all ‘gentlemanly’ conduct would have flown away like dust in a desert sandstorm. :D)))

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 4 years ago

    He is gorgeous!. What a superb capture of him and the wonderful and most beautiful background.

  • Thanks, Kathy – he was a stand-out among all those bays (there were seven in all). I think it would be difficult to make a case for “not enough forage” as justification for removing these horses from their natural range, don’t you?
    A picture IS worth a thousand words!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture, Arla~Lynn

  • Thanks, Lynn! They were a delightful bunch. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • NinaF
    NinaFalmost 4 years ago

    What a beautiful guy

  • Thank you, Nina!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 4 years ago

    Yes I agree. I think there IS enough food these guys look good and healthy. It is all about politics. I hate that. History being taken away at the expence of these gorgeous creatures.

  • I regret to say, it is all about the color of money, and a history of mismanagement. A little bit of common sense would go a long way.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenalmost 4 years ago

    Oh Wow!! His Gorgeous…Arla!! And the soft colors of his surroundings really make him stand out!! Incredible work, my friend!! Wtg =D

  • Aw, thanks, Carla! ♥♥

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 3 years ago

    Such stunning capture of him and i love him with the Bays too. Wonderful shot.

  • Thanks very much, Icesrun … this will be included in my Wild Horses Of The High Desert Calendar

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • sandyelmore
    sandyelmoreover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Sandy!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ehcruse
    ehcruseover 3 years ago

    Lovely photo.. have a look at;
    cheers Elaine

  • Thanks, Elaine!

    I will add the link to our Wild Horses, Mustangs & Other NonDomestic Equines Group

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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