Northwestern Steptoe Valley, Nevada – USA

Seven Sorrels – Wild mares and ponies. BLM intended to gather ALL 42 of the mustangs ranging along the eastern base of the Cherry Creek Mountains in August.

They failed to capture this band (nine in all – and looks like another one on the way) – plus two young bachelor stallions.

These horses are all related to each other, and the removal of the other three wild bands puts the risk of inbreeding at a critical level. Foals are apt to be afflicted with dwarfism: large heads, small bodies, and club feet.

Once again, government intervention wreaks havoc on the natural order of things.

America’s Rural, Urban – Wild & Free
Equine Portrait Photography
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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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  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    Your image is so Gorgeous Artwork and I love it, thank you to inspire million friends and me :)
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  • Thanks you so much, lovely Sunny!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • titus
    titusover 2 years ago
  • Oh Wow! Thank you so much, Titus!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisover 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisover 2 years ago

    ok, if I repost these 2 to my FB?

  • Yes, of course! ALWAYS! Just poke the button. :D

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • R-Summers
    R-Summersover 2 years ago

    WHOA!! WOW!! What a sight it must have taken your breath away, what a group …….Ron

  • Thanks, Ron! Yes, they always set my heart to racing.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • branko stanic
    branko stanicover 2 years ago

    Great scene…

  • Thank you, Branko!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 2 years ago


  • Thank you, Lucinda!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous image, beautiful horses and such a sad commentary on the actions of man. Thank you Arla.

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Featured Feb 05 2012. Great image!!!

  • Thanks very much, Sue!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldabout 2 years ago

  • How wonderful! Thank you so much!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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