5 hours ago
Pictures like these are the reason most photographers search for wild horses: raw expression of power. in reality these moments are rare, because groups get out of the way of each other or solve their problems in a calm way. this situation actually caught me by surprise. i was focusing on young foals playing when suddenly i heard hooves and a neighing behind me. i immediately felt the tension in the air and it created goosebumps in my neck. when i turned around i saw these two stallions who belonged to different herds running towards each other. normally they are careful and start to sniff each other for greeting, but not these both. it seemed like they had history. they went up, reared and a huge noise cut the air when their shoulders banged into each other. a sound i will never forget. it took 3 seconds and all was clear. i was taking photos of the scene while my brain was on auto pilot, fascinated by what’s happening only a few meters away. after these split seconds, everything went normal again. the winner is the one who gets to bite the throat of the other - in this case it actually was the brown stallion, because his position was lower. would you have thought of this? with a bite in the throat they are most likely to k**l and the other stallion would be helpless - so higher is not always better. afterwards they separated again and the herds went back to their quiet and calm life. one minute after this photo the horses were eating grass again. you see - these are photos of short moments. when wild horses live a fulfilled and happy life, there is no need for a lot of aggression or confrontation, they sort things out quietly, politely, and if something like this happens, it only takes a few seconds before everything gets back to calm behavior again. isn’t it fascinating?