Wild stallions in the Sapphire Mountains

I took this photo of these six stallions in the Sapphire Mountains (Montana). After breeding season, they “bachelor up.” I’ve been watching them for about 10 years. Originally I came across them while hunting. There are several herds in the Sapphires. On this day I was looking for them to take photos. They’re huge and powerful. You can’t miss them when they start running down the ridge at you.

They have been living up there since the 30s, some people say that they’re feral, some say they’re not. But in my opinion, if horses breed in the wild, they’re wild. Some folks say that the horses came from their stock and are trying to round them up. The old timers say that they were released during the Great Depression when people were leaving the area to find work elsewhere.


About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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