Wild Horses that Try to Mind Their Own Business



Most of the waking day, life for the horse seen in “the wild” is rather uneventful, perhaps even boring. Horses graze, stand around, walk, lie down, and if in a more excited or active state, gallop, and neigh.

Here, I will not describe the horses that tourists can rent out to ride nor horses that are lassoed.

I am unsure if these other horses are wild, or they have been domesticated and then allowed to roam. Regardless, I will tell you about my interactions with the “wild” horses.

I try to keep my distance away from them so as not to startle them. One horse did come near me and surprised me as I did not hear it come my way.  Otherwise, the “wild” horses I saw seemed disinterested in humans.

Time seems to stand still while the horses graze, and the only way to see a change in time, for example, is to notice the egret in the background of four attached pictures: notice it holds a different pose in each.

Horse Lays Down. Three Walk Away.

Above. While I walked by, a “wild” horse laid on the ground.

Perhaps the most exciting encounter I had with a “wild” horse was when I walked by it and noticed it laid on the ground. One of three things could be happening:

  • The horse wants to scratch its back.
  • It is tired and wants to rest.
  • It is ready to die.

I stop to watch the horse, and it slowly gets up, and then all three of them walk away from me and go to the shoreline to get a drink of water.

An Egret, A Horse and Its Foal

Above and below three images. Notice the egret holds a different pose or position in each of the four pictures.

Horses Graze Along the Shoreline

Horse With Its Foal

Above. At most, the foal, on the right-hand side of this picture, grazes 50 feet away from its mother and then returns to its mother.

Another scene that recurred a lot was a horse, and its foal are seen together. At most, the foal grazes 50 feet away from its mother and then returns to its mother. Or the mother stands for ten minutes and waits for its foal to walk to it, and then together, they walk ahead and graze somewhere else.

Lone Horse Grazes

Things I have seen that are not shown in this blog:

Wild Horses Show Excitement

  • One horse neigh at another horse.
  • One horse got startled, or it tripped on something.
  • A dog, and on another occasion, several dogs barked at the foal, which recoiled from the dogs.

Wild Horses Scratch an Itch

  • One horse lies down to scratch its back on the pebbles and gets back up.
  •  To scratch itself, one horse backs up to a tree trunk and rubs up against it.

Wild Horses Graze

  • One almost walked up behind me. I was startled, but it did not seem to care about me, and it did not bother me.

Wild Horses Stand, Walk or Gallop

  • One horse is tied to a tree, while another untied horse stands next to and behind it.
  •  Two horses walk. Then they stop at a gate, perhaps out of habit, and then moments later, then they continue to walk.
  • Four horses gallop with each other.

Most of the time, I see any horses, if not tied to a tree, grazing with other horses or alone. If horses weigh in on the large side of animals, we will next see a small animal—a “swallow” like creature with amazing performance skills. See Chapter 10: Birds That Take Turns to Pick Up Food.

Chapters

  1. This Side of the Hemisphere: Easy Access to Wildlife
  2. Saved by a Tin Bag
  3. Revenge of the Jungle Ants
  4. The Bird from Heaven
  5. The “Research” Center
  6. TBD
  7. What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do
  8. What Stands Around A Lot and Is Ready to Strike?
  9. Wild Horses that Try to Mind Their Own Business
  10. Birds Take Turns to Pick Up Food
  11. TBD
  12. The Dizzying Calls of This “Concert” Bird
  13. The Birds That Keep Their Distance
  14. TBD
  15. TBD

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