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.