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Wild Horses, 2016

We decided that we needed to see some wild horses

while in Yellowstone (makes sense, right?) so one day, we drove over to Cody, Wyoming to see if we could find the McCullough Peaks Wild Horses. Rumor has it that these horses are descendants of the horses from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show from the 1800's. The BLM describes their location on their website, (it was a little harder to find them than we thought it would be)

After driving around and trying three different gates, we finally found a part of the herd. We were surprised at how healthy they look (there really doesn't seem to be any grass here; just dirt, rocks and a ton of weeds), they are beautiful. The herd we found was paired off in small groups, all kind of facing each other; it seemed they were all waiting for something to happen. A young paint pony seemed very agitated and couldn't settle down. He finally approached a larger stallion and that is when the fight broke out. It was over almost as fast as it started and it seemed to calm the horses down; they started grazing and eventually trotted off together. It was really cool to get to witness this interaction and see these magnificent animals. It made for a long day but it was worth it.

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