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post #1 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wild Mustangs

I've spent the last month or so tracking, photographing and documenting wild Mustang herds in Southern Nevada. Hope you enjoy. :)

ETA: Just a note. I know these pictures have my website address on them as part of my copyright. I've set up a website as an ameteur photographer offering free photography. I don't charge at all so I hope it's ok the link is there as it's not really a business. More a hobby....for now!


2 by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
This is a stallion, who I've called the Pied Piper, with his mare Willow behind him. Pied only has two mares, one is pregnant and due any day now. Pied is pretty territorial and will tolerate me taking pictures for a few minutes before he becomes a bit aggressive. I don't stay too long with him as I don't like to upset the herds.


DSC00757 by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Pied Piper again.


DSC00971 by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Patton, who is a stallion and has one mare and a yearling foal from last year. I named him for the battle scars he bears, he's not too friendly but is more standoffish than aggressive like Pied.


Pie Fights Back by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Pied stripping out at a domesticated mare that had been dumped in the desert. I managed to catch this mare and waited with her for two hours until the BLM came up with a trailer. She's now been adopted by someone who lives near the wild Mustang herds.


Pie by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Pie, a paint mare with her stallion in the background. Pie is still quite young and I don't think she's had any foals yet. Their herd is just the two of them.


One-Eyed Lucy by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
One-Eyed Lucy. Lucy is an elderly mare who has grand-babies now. She often goes out on her own to get peace away from the herd. She's pretty grumpy in her own age and has damaged property of people in the local town.


Mustang Stallion In The Snow by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
I found this stallion with his herd on Friday. I haven't named anyone in his herd yet but there was a newborn foal with them (born on Easter Sunday). It was snowing at the time.


Shy Boy by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
A shy colt near his dam.


Chester by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
A close up of a wild stallion's muzzle.


Not By The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Shadowfax, a pregnant grey mare's muzzle.


The Pied Piper by Mustang Nic, on Flickr
Pied Piper again.

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 10:56 PM
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Great pictures.
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 11:05 PM
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These are the kind of photos people need to see of the mustangs. Everyone wants them to be free but nearly every wild horse or burro I have seen has been incredibly thin. This is no way for these animals to live. Without regular roundups and or a plan in place to prevent overpopulation these animals SUFFER
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Awesome photos! Look forward to seeing more!
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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These are the kind of photos people need to see of the mustangs. Everyone wants them to be free but nearly every wild horse or burro I have seen has been incredibly thin. This is no way for these animals to live. Without regular roundups and or a plan in place to prevent overpopulation these animals SUFFER
These Mustangs live in the Nevada desert, reaching up in the mountains. It's a very harsh landscape. Sure, they look ribby by right now as it's technically still winter where they are. It snowed on Friday, but signs of life are starting and the desert is showing signs of blooming soon (usually end April/May). Even domesticated horses look poor in the winter.

I wouldn't say these guys are suffering, but I can't comment on all mustangs on the whole as I only know these guys. There certainly haven't been any Mustangs deaths up here other than two horses killed in road accidents last year and one the year before when foaling.

The town nearby these Mustangs wants to be allowed to manage the herds and I agree that some of the mares don't need to be breeding anymore. They have a plan to manage them and control breeding through contraceptive darting of the mares. It's yet to be approved.

Managing, yes. I can't say I'm in favour of roundups though.
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Beautiful photography!!
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-15-2012, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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Some summer pictures of the same herds taken from google images for comparison.

These guys are probably wishing winter was over now though, the snow was a surprise on Friday and it was a good storm.
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Lovely photos!
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-16-2012, 12:43 AM
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That very last paint looks EXACTLY like a gelding my sister just sold- I always thought he was a mustang, but he has no brand...
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Very nice pictures of the Mustangs
you did a good job

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