A wild Mustang pinto mare sports a sabino pattern. She is part of the South Steens herd in the high desert region of Southeastern Oregon.
A wild Mustang mare and foal graze in the South Steens high desert of Southeastern Oregon. The foal is learning which plants to choose from it's mother.
This gorgeous little Mustang filly has the pinto pattern known as tovero. She is a recent addition to the South Steens herd in Southeastern Oregon, born in the spring of 2011.
A pinto Mustang stallion with his harem in the water hole. The stallion's pattern is tovero. They are part of the South Steens herd in Southeastern Oregon.
These tobiano patterned Mustangs, a mare and foal, graze in the high desert country of South Steens, Southeastern, Oregon.
A pinto Mustang stallion with overo patterning drinks from a waterhole in the early morning in the high desert country of Southeastern Oregon.
Two Mustang Stallions fighting. I'm always amazed how unperturbed the other horses grazing close by are, in this case, very close by.Photographed in the high desert of Southeastern Oregon.
A young mustang stallion interacts with a precocious colt. They are part of the South Steens Herd in Southeast Oregon.
A young Mustang stallion takes a benign interest in a foal. They interacted for quite awhile. The precocious foal already displayed a variety of friendly behaviours toward the young stud. These mustangs are part of the South Steens herd in Southeastern Oregon.
A Mustang stallion takes a roll in the watering hole.
A Mustang stallion rolls in the dust folowing a water roll. A mud coating keeps away insects and biting flies.
So, after a water roll, followed by a dust roll, this Mustang stallion shakes off the excess dust.
Two young mustang studs engage in a mock battle, practicing moves they will use later when battling other stallions for females.
Two young Mustang studs begin a mock battle which will prepare them for serious fighting as adult stallions.
Two young mustang stallions engage in fighting moves that will serve each later as they build their harems in a few years.
A young mustang pinto stallion does a "victory" gallop after engaging in play fighting.
A pinto Mustang stallion paws at the water before drinking.
A young mustang stallion taking in my scent at a watering hole.Known as the flehmen response, the lifting of the upper lip helps a horse more clearly smell, analyze, and process a scent in their environment.
A Mustang mare nuzzles her foal near Steens Mountain in the high desert of southeast Oregon.
Young Mustang stallions practice fighting skills they will later use toget and defend harems.
Young Mustang stallions practice fighting skills they will need laterto get and defend harems. Horses are from the Steens Mountainherd in SE Oregon.
Young Mustang stallions practice fighting. Photographed in SEOregon, Steens Mountain.
A foal takes a dust bath near a watering hole area in the South Steens area of SE Oregon.
Three young Mustang studs band together for friendship. Their practice sparring hones their fighting skills needed later.
One young Mustang stud attempts to mount another stud during one of their mock fighting bouts. Older stallions in real fights generally would not engage in this mounting behaviour.
Ever practicing for the real thing, 2 young Mustang studs engage in mock battles in southeast Oregon.
Three young Mustang studs engage in mock battle in Southeastern Oregon.
This Tobiano Pinto mustang bears a BLM brand. This means he or she was rounded up, branded, and later released, instead of being put up for adoption. Horses are released back into the wild if they show signs of being a good harem leader or have good genetic traits to pass on.
A Medicine Hat Mustang Stallion raises a foreleg to block another stallion. These two are part of the South Steens herd in Southeast Oregon.