Wild Mustangs in Wyoming

Wild Mustangs Deerwood Ranch #1

Wyoming and Wild Mustangs:

I just returned to Denver, back from a fabulous week in Wyoming where I had the privilege to see my first wild mustangs. The horses inhabit land at the Deerwood Ranch, which hosts a mustang sanctuary. In fact, it is the first BLM approved Wild Horse Eco Sanctuary.

Mustangs at Deerwood Ranch Wyoming

Running Wild

Origins:

Mustangs originate, or their ancestry stems, from Spanish horses brought by the Spanish explorers in the 16th and 17th Century.

Temperament:

Curious at our appearance  into their territory, some of the horses respond well to humans, enjoying petting and attention.  The fellow in the center of the “Running Wild” photo actually likes people and to be petted – just not ridden or tamed.

The video at the top of the page shows the horses running through the open range. It was amazing to watch them – and was the highlight of the writer’s retreat I was attending.

One of the most disturbing things I learned, was that the Mustangs were considered little better than vermin in the west. In fact, the US Calvary rounded them up and machine-gunned them down. Thank goodness those days are gone!

These horses are kept on private land – the ranchers are approved by the BLM to live out their remaining days.

These magnificent animals truly embody the spirit of the west.