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Mom And Baby Wild Mustang
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Mom and baby wild Mustang horses in the desert of Sand Wash Basin in Colorado. The young horse is a foal and still nursing from mom. Ten days after this photo was taken, the BLM rounded up most of the wild horses at Sand Wash Basin. They used helicopters, which completely terrifies the horses and forces them to run long distances to holding pens. Moms and babies often get separated, and some horses get injured and have to be put down. I hope so much that these two survived and managed to remain in the wild together.
Wild Mustangs are free-roaming horses of the American west that were originally brought to the Americas by the Spanish. We think of Mustangs as wild horses, but because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they are actually feral horses. This free-roaming horse population is managed and protected by the BLM, the Bureau of Land Management. There is some controversy surrounding the sharing of land and resources by the free-ranging mustangs with the livestock of the ranching industry. There is also dispute about the methods with which the federal government manages the wild horse numbers.
Photo taken on August 23, 2021, Sand Wash Basin, NW Colorado
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September 10th, 2021
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