Furry Friday: “Wild” Horses of the Alberta Foothills

Posted by Dan Arndt

One of the most productive searches for Wild Horses was with the help of one of the attendees of our Winter Birding Course last year, Paul Turbitt. Most of these photos were taken south-west of Sundre, Alberta on February 20, 2012, and the last in the series was taken in November 2012 west of Bragg Creek.

While these horses are not truly “wild” horses, they are feral, and have a very unique look compared to modern domestic horses, and have been living and breeding in the wild for well over two hundred years, and behave just like any wild animal would.

First horse of the day

First horse of the day

First herd

First herd

Solo Roan mare

Solo Roan mare

Solo Roan mare

Solo Roan mare

Roan and Chocolate

Roan and Chocolate

Solo Roan mare

Solo Roan mare

Sentry stallion

Young stallion on the edge of the herd on sentry duty

Shadow stallion

Second young stallion of the last herd of the day

Mares of Herd 3

Alabaster mare of the third herd

Dapple mare

Dappled grey mare of the third herd

family photo

Third herd of wild horses, all in the same frame

Big shoes to fill

My size 11 boot print beside the hoof-print of the largest stallion in the third herd.

This pair was the tailing edge of a herd of about a dozen horses seen west of Bragg Creek.

This pair was the tailing edge of a herd of about a dozen horses seen west of Bragg Creek.

5 thoughts on “Furry Friday: “Wild” Horses of the Alberta Foothills

    • As far as I know they are not a problem and it is not legal to kill them, but about 13 were shot in the Sundre area between 2007 and 2010. So far the RCMP haven’t been able to find out who did it or why. – Bob Lefebvre

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