This is one of my current favorite photographs from this year. It’s a colt from a wild horse band in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.
theodore roosevelt national park
So I’m back from a short but productive trip to a couple national parks. First up is Theodore Roosevelt National Park. I was last there about 10 or so years ago, and managed to get really close to some wild horses, and got some amazing photographs. It was kinda mind blowing and amazing! I really tried to not have my hopes too high this time, as last experience was pretty high standards! This time? Even more amazing. Saw probably close to 50 wild horses, and at one point was in the middle of them! Every direction I looked there were horses! Such an amazing time. I hope you won’t get tired of horses, because you’ll probably be seeing a lot of them in the upcoming months as I make my way through the photographs!
While in Theodore Roosevelt National Park late this Summer I got to photograph some wild horses. This was the one animal I had really hoped to see, and I was able to get within about 5 yards of them on foot. It was truly amazing.
The behavior was amazing to watch. The stallion kept constant watch while the herd was grazing. Most of the time a mare would stand right beside him watching the opposite direction. After a while the mare would go eat and another would take her place keeping watch.
They did not seem overly concerned by cars, or even when I got out of the car to approach them on foot. They did seem to have a comfort zone, and if you got beyond it the stallion would toss his head and stomp on the ground. That was enough warning for me. The colt pictured at the top did seem to get a bit nervous when I got down on the ground for a different angle, so I didn't stay on the ground long. I guess as long as you stuck to the expected behavior and didn't get too close they could ignore you and go about their business.
I'm looking forward to going back and seeing more!