Alberta, Land of the Wild Horse

Alberta, Land of the Wild Horse

 

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horses and Pony                                                                                  @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

There is something about a wild horse that speaks to a hidden part of us. The suppressed part that responds to an unfettered life, dominated by none and without rules. The part that does not want to live by schedules and appointments and dislikes smog and pollution almost as much. After all, don’t we all want more free will from the shackles imposed by ourselves and others? Free in the open fields and aromatic woods of our dreams. Running with mane tangled from the elements after days spent in the mountain air of an untamed land. Just like in the movies, a life of the strong and free.

But strength and romanticism do not always keep company in the same body. The same can be said for nostalgia and freedom. The wild horses that roam the foothills of Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are not truly wild. Although they are descendants of domesticated Spanish horses released during colonization they have roamed free for many years. They have been here long enough to resist being rounded up back into captivity. As far as day to day living is concerned these horses lead a life of chaos. The wild horse has to survive a hostile environment without any hope of human help for basic needs provided to its domestic relatives. A constant search for the necessities of life, food and shelter, leaves little time or energy for loafing around enjoying the natural environs of the Alberta foothills. In the depths of winter after fresh snowfall there is no overwintered dry hay to be found.

People have been nurturing the horse human partnership since wolves started hanging around the campfire. We domesticated them and now we romanticize their wildness. Tamed their instincts and admire the release of them. The next time you see a wild horse or any wild creature, admire them for their struggle as much as for the freedom they instill. The wild deserve it.

For more on wild and free, see also:

 

Life In The Woods With Deer and Moose

Udaipur Man and His Wild Friends

Foxy Photography Wily Ways Of The Red Fox

Chasing Studs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

 

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horses Following Leader                                                                               @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Pony Following Mare                                                                           @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Sundre, Alberta                                                                             @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Sorrel                                                                                               @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse Stud                                                                                                 @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

wild horse Alberta
Wild Horse and Pony near Calgary                                                                    @heathersimondsphotography.com

 

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