Friday, March 30, 2012

Range Horses?

While driving home from Oregon last week we were heading through Goldendale, Washington.

Miles and miles of nothing but rolling hills and wind and sagebrush.

Then I looked closely and noticed animals in the far distance. They were horses!! Groups of them. I noticed groups of them off and on as we drove for miles.

See them??

{Photo taken on my I-phone through the open window of a moving car.}

Now, who did they belong to? Ranch Boy joked that they were wild horses but I didn't think there were wild horses in Washington or that they would be so close to the freeway (not that they were close....but within sight distance.) Were they someone's herd just wintering on the range? How in the world would you ever round them up? How would you ever know if one was injured? There wasn't a house or ranch to be seen for miles and miles.

I loved it though, seeing those little groups of horses, maybe imagining that I had seen wild Mustangs on the prairie......

P.S. I just started Loretta on a new diet thanks to our knowledge friend over at Brown-Eyed Cowgirls. I will keep you posted on how she is doing in the next week.

Ranch Girl


fernvalley01 said...

We have a few outfitters who will keep horses on open ranges, but no idea how they round up or check on them , seems a bit risky

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

Dear Cousin, i can tell you for a fact that those are wild horses, because there is a great deal of concern about the rapid growth of the herds. There is not enough feed for all of them and management groups do not have the resources to address the problem. There have been articles in the Yakima Herald-Republic about the herds... maybe you can search the archives online.

Bill and Darlene said...

I've seen those bands in that area and believe they ARE indeed wild!

Desert Rose said...

Oh no...Ranch girl, don't you start thinking of ways to get them wild horses all fed :))) See...your imagination did not run "wild" with you this time!!!

Paint Girl said...

Cool! I still would like to go see the "wild" horses in person someday!
Your iphone takes awesome pictures! The clouds look so cool!