Love wild stallions? Us too. Here are the places you need to visit to find ’em.
Horses may be majestic creatures, but wild stallions are an enigma. Free from the constraints of domestication or castration, they are the embodiment of natural beauty.
Sable Island National Park Reserve
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this reserve is home to the Sable Island horse, commonly referred to as the Sable Island pony. There are more than 550 wild horses roaming the park, protected from any human interference.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The northern Outer Banks area is home to the Wild Spanish Mustangs. These wild stallions freely roam the beaches, captivating visitors who happen to be in the area. There are approximately 100 of them, and you can always choose one to sponsor through The Corolla Wild Horse Fund and Museum.
The Icelandic Wild Horses are unique, mainly because they are part-time wild horses. In the summer, the small horses are released into the wild where they roam free. During the fall, owners come to pick their horses. Incredibly, the owners recognize their horses by sight. The horses have a unique pace, known as the tolt. Iceland has approximately 100,000 horses, and it stands to reason that some of them are indeed wild.
Salt River, Arizona
For $8 a day, you get a day pass to spend time with the Salt River Wild Horses. These wild stallions have been in the area since the 1800’s. There are approximately 500 of them in the area. Be sure to check out this wavy wonderland in Arizona if you’re heading that way.
Oostvaardersplassen, The Netherlands
The Oostvaardersplassen Nature Reserve is home to the Koniks. The Konik wild stallions were introduced to the reserve in 1984. There were 1000 Koniks in the reserve initially, but a few hundred have since been transported to Belarus and Spain.
Torres del Paine National Park is home to 98 wild horses, also called baguales. These majestic creatures all belong to one herd, which is a rare occurrence. These wild stallions are located in a particular area within the park, even though the park spans thousands of acres.
Assateague State Park, Maryland
With local folklore claiming that they were survivors of the shipwreck off the Virginia Coast, Assateague’s wild horses live up to the hype. They live through scorching heat, stormy weather, mosquitoes, and poor quality of food. These wild stallions are nothing short of glorious. The population is restricted to 150 adult horses.
For more than 35 years, these wild horses have been roaming the snow covered hilltops of Mount Cincar. They have survived four years of war, poaching, and wolf attacks. They feed mainly on the grass beneath the now, and never feed on the hay left by well-wishers in the winter. There are 160 wild horses roaming the 660 square kilometers, split into seven distinct groups.
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