This running picture of a baby horse was taken on my trip to North Dakota to photograph the wild horses of America, as my contribution to the world art gallery. The rare Nokota Horse. The Nokota Horse is a feral and semi-feral breed that is found in southwestern North Dakota in the United States. Developed in the 19th century, this breed is a mix of Spanish horses, Thoroughbreds, harness horses, and also local Native American horses. They have an angular frame with prominent withers, a sloping croup, and also a low set tail. These horses often are blue roan, which is a color that’s rare in other breeds. Most importantly, these horses can trace their ancestry to the war ponies of Sitting Bull in the 17th century!
The first encounter
It was my first evening, and I walked across the rolling fields that were a brilliant shade of green. I heard galloping from not too far away and also realized that I wasn’t alone. It sounded like it was traveling towards me. That’s when I saw it. A herd of nearly 200 horses running directly towards me. It was like a cohesive movement, very rhythmic. It looked like a scene from one of those war films. Only this time, there weren’t angry riders leading the horses to a fight. This herd was peaceful to look at and I had never seen such a large herd of horses in my life! I immediately heard the words in my brain, “pictures of the wild horses of America!”, “running horses!”
The sun was setting and the sky was a magnificent shade of orange. The hills were tinted and the grass also seemed like it reflected this light. It took my breath away. Closer to the horses, I was now surrounded by them. Neighing, snorting, twitching. They looked free. The great wild horses of America. I literally fell to my knees in awe and gratitude for this beautiful scene above all.
A close connection
Over the next few days, a mother and also her new-born colt really caught my eye. The colt was just a few days old. I wanted to capture a photograph of the baby horse. Initially, the mother was extremely protective and would run away each time we tried to approach her baby and her. I took this running picture of the baby horse and also its mother for a large black and white addition to the world art gallery.
Two days later, on my last day in North Dakota, she finally warmed up to me. I was able to get close and pet the mother and also her baby. We looked into each other’s eyes and instantly connected. It was a moment that I will never forget. As a result, I took numerous other baby horse pictures.
Horses have a fight-or-flight response to any kind of threat. Their first reaction is to flee when they sense danger. Although sometimes, they stand their ground and defend themselves or their offspring, in the case of their foal being threatened. Horses have evolved from small mammals whose survival depended on their ability to flee from danger. Therefore, their first instinct when frightened is to escape. This picture of the baby horse says so much about its relationship with its mother. Baby horses, naturally awkward and curious about their surroundings depend on their mothers to protect them when they sense any kind of danger.
I was overcome with gratitude once again for the opportunity to click this picture of the baby horse and to experience such beauty. This baby horse image reminded me of the beauty of mothers. I was thankful for mothers everywhere. Thank God that we all have mothers to protect us and also lead us into the world!
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