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While out in the meadow observing the Wild Mustangs, and waiting for something to happen…because mostly all that horses do is eat! I happened to see this little family scene.
The horse on the far right wasn’t impressed so walked away and must have gestured or said something to the other adult because it started to get up…
Then I heard the rumble of horses hooves to my left and turned my camera to find it and saw this-
I missed what started it, but it was a mare, or a dung heap I’m guessing. I learned a few things about Horse Behavior on this trip. Stallions will fight over a pile of dung…their version of King of the Hill.
The Hazelnut brown horse chased the dark one all the way to the other side of the group. Then all was calm again, and they went back to eating.
Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2018
more to come…
52 thoughts on “Wild Weds. 25/52 Family moments”
It looks like had a wonderful peek at these animals. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome captures!
Thank you for the comment and for looking at the post Amy! I appreciate it very much!!
Thank you so much Lynn!
Those extra behavior things you learn with the wild…..lol sometimes quite comical! 🙂 Wonderful captures, what an exciting time to see unfolding! A big AWWWWW for the foal, how adorable! Wildlife mortality rates suck, don’t they?!!! 😢
Yes, it does suck, but Melissa assures me nature balances itself out this way.
So it appears that the male of all species will argue or fight over shit. I would never have guessed that one 😏
Great photos. I was going to say I liked the last one best with the horses in action, but the baby in the 2nd photo gets the prize 🙂
🙂 Yes, they do!
I like the image with the foal too.
Wow, cool photos and story, Deborah! So, wild Mustangs will fight over sh** just like some humans! Now you have some insight to be a horse whisperer when you move to your country home.
I doubt I’ll ever be horse whisperer but just like knowing some of what birds do it helps to know what to look for so I’m in theory ready to take a photo when an opportunity comes up.
Yes, I was very surprised to learn that the stallions fight over a pile of shit. But, now that you know it too you’ll be ready for possible fight scenes in the future. 😀
LOL; next time someone asks if I’m trying to photograph a horse I’ll them I’m looking for the pile. 😉
LOL! That’s going to be on radar too. 😀
Wonderful shots. And I learned a few things about horses.
Thank you so much Robert!
Is it cooler up there than down here in the South Bay today?
It’s a typical San Francisco day, which is almost everything all at once. 🙂
I was talking to a friend who also lives up there about going up to meet him yesterday to photograph a ship that is in port, but had second thoughts when I thought about the crowds, and traffic that might be up there this week-end. Pride week-end! Getting into the city I didn’t think would be an issue, but getting home would be as that would be later in the day.
Did you go see the parade? I tend to avoid the city for Fleet Week, Blue Angels, and Pride week-ends, and sports teams game days.
It was a lovely Pride Day. I haven’t processed the photos yet, but the day had a different feeling to it. Each speaker reminded us that Pride didn’t start as a polite corporate sponsored parade on Market Street but as riots and nonstop demonstrations.
A friend went and posted some IG stories. It looked like a good turnout, and fun was being had by all around him. 🙂
It reminded me of an old-fashioned Carnival. There were kids, seniors, moms, dads, straights, gays, and people of every race and not a gun in sight. By recent GOP standards, it was immoral.
Aww, I cannot help but smile at this family gathering.
Now, I somehow think the male says, “What’s taking you so long to get up from your afternoon nap?”
The female gets ticked off, gets up and chases him away so far she cannot nip his neck!
Just liked your version and explanation, as well as John’s funny “take!” xo ❤️
Thank you so much Robin! John’s comment was funny wasn’t it. 😊
It sure was! John certainly shows why he is a published author; humor, intellect and clever jokes. 😊
Who’da thunk it? Fighting over a dung hill. You’d think dung beetles… but horses? Fascinating!
I really think horses are absolutely majestic, and each time you share them, I will be telling you so 🙂
They are amazing! It was fascinating learning about their behavior when in the wild.
Thank you so much Joey! You’re not bored yet with horses? I have more images and stories. 😀
NOPE. Love em. Love em from afar 🙂
Such striking horses. Beautiful shots!
Thank you so much Belinda! They were so interesting to observe!
You caught some beauties, Deborah. The dung thing is interesting.
Thank you Jennie! It is. More about that with images in a future post. 🙂
I’m so glad. 😀
Men fighting over crap… I guess some things are universal. 😉 Just kidding.
Those are great action shots, Deborah. The colors are spectacular too. Hugs.
Thanks so much for the visit and funny comment. I nearly spit out my tea!
Hugs back at ya! xx
Horses can be very territorial, good action capture
I didn’t realize that seeing them in domestic situations and they always seems so friendly to each other!
Thanks so much Pauline!
Such gorgeous animals Deborah. Beautiful images!
I’m thinking a nice coffee table book with these beautiful shots. 🙂
Wow! These are beautiful
Thank you so much Jodi!
Thank you very much Kelly!
Those are all great images. Thanks for the back story on them. The area is so beautiful.
Thank you for reading it and for the comment Dan! I’m glad you liked the images and backstory.
I suspect the dark one said something to the effect, “Your mother wears aluminum horseshoes.”
ROFL!! No doubt! 😜
That is really funny!!
It is isn’t it! 🙂
Thank you. There is such a thing. I’m a former horse owner. 😀