A beautiful Sulpher Springs Mare, a descendant from the first round up in the Sulpher Springs HMA in Utah back in the 90's. These horses carry powerful DNA similar to the primitive Iberian horses the Sorria. The HMA is known for harsh and rugged terrain, the horses although smaller in stature are hardy, strong and distinctively Spanish with strong leg markings and dorsal stripes.While out with this herd on their hundreds of protected acres in South Dakotas Black Hills, this mare, whom at first glance, I thought to be a stallion, had a presence of strength, wisdom and vigilance. Like the protective stallions in the wild, every time I looked up, turned around or moved through the herd I would find her near me. She represents so much strength yet the vulnerability to the timely and pressing issue these horses arefacing...extinction...their Freedom Vanishing.
"Her clear amber eyes reflect a wisdom older than mankind. The mare's finely chiseled grulla head is far superior to thin porcelain. The ancestry of her family transcends the oceans to primitive time in Portugal over 500 years ago. Brought to the New World in sailing ships seeking gold. These horseswere left behind to survive with others of her kind in the rugged Utah mountain ranges". Susan Watt, director, BHWHSHer eyes were the most magnificent beauty to gaze into, the color diving me deeper into her soul, washing away all worry. A portal to look further at my thoughts, my truth, my vision. She carries the essence of a shaman, a healing strength and wisdom that was passed down from her family upbringing...and the elements of mother nature she learned in the wild.
This beautiful mare has a painful past that has now been washed away by the courtesy and kindness of the Black Hills wild horse sanctuary. She will live her days here, roaming with her new herd family, never again to see abuse, starvation or inhumane treatment by the hand of “human”. Watching her asshe stood her ground amongst a herd, she was a no nonsense dame, she had the heart of the leader in the herd, and claimed her space well. She pushed others aside once this soft sandy patch of dirt was discovered and rolled, and rolled, and rolled...when she got up and shook for what seemed like forever she had the essence of a Rockstar...Wild, Sexy and Free, I should have named her "Janis" ~
"...once again, I am awe struck at her beauty, from every angle, in every frame...she embodies wisdom, grace and a dignity only found in wildness..." kc
“Horses are social creatures. They physically and psychologically ‘need’ each other. They are not meant to live alone, separated from each other and what is natural to them. Graceful images such as this are common amongst horsesin the wild. The herd is family, nap time generally comes in late morning or early afternoon when the fear of predators is lessened. Horses keep alert during evening hours and during that time they only let the young sleep. Often they’ll form a circle around the sleeping youngsters to protect them.”
"...a stallion possesses an undeniable power, unrestrained, unrestricted and most certainly desired."
"...horses spent 95% of their time 'on point', aware of the world around them, focused and direct...they don't lose sight of the fact that they are prey animals...and although at times increasingingly playful, they are a tuned to each and every minute, sensitive to the ever changing environment in which they live."
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