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Photographing these majestic and beautiful animals is always a pleasure of mine. All the horses you see here are part of the McCullough Peaks Mustangs HMA. I will always stand with them, and they deserve to be free! Its of great privilege to photograph them and their beauty!
With over 109,000 acres of free roaming land, the McCullough Peaks Wild Horses continues to give us the legend and history of the west. These horses to me or more than just animals, but rather families.
Every horse has their own unique personalities which makes each one distinct from one another. From the charismatic personality of Thor, to the fiery side of Tonkawa, not one horse is the same. Between conflict's of bachelor stallions, to the loving family bond of a band as they welcome a new born, these wonderful horse families pour out the way nature should be.
There are quite a few different bands, or families, with in each herd. A band generally consists of a lead band stallion, a lead mare, a lieutenant to the band stallion, and a few more mares. A lieutenant's roll in the band, should a band stallion have one, is to take care of conflicts that may be apparent to the family. However, a great trust has to be in place between the band stallion and the lieutenant because only the band stallion is allowed to breed with the mares.
With every herd, there are always a few bachelor stallions lurking in the area. Bachelor stallions are stallions that were either kicked out from their band when they were around 2-3 (kinda like a kid going to college) and its their time to prove themselves alone or they could be older stallions that were over taken by a younger stallion and lost his band. Every now and again, a bachelor will decide to make an attempt to try and overtake a band stallions family, causing a great battle between the two, in a fight for supremacy for the band. Note, not one horse is severely injured.
From day to day scuffles and spars over stud piles, and mares, band ranks, there is never a dull moment with my wonderful horse families.
These wonderful horse families in the snow.
Over 170 horses in the area, here are images of their adventures.
One of the most unique horses in all the land, Thor!
The one and only mountain of a stallion, Splaash!
One of the sweetest but adventurous stallions in the area, Tecumseh.
The great, Washakie
Precious young ones on the range
An artistic view of the wild ones
*CALENDAR DATES ARE ACCURATE THROUGH AUGUST 2022*
A one on one workshop with Tony, to see and photograph the McCullough Peaks Wild Horses and other amazing and wonderful wildlife and views in the McCullough Peaks.
*Includes seeing every band if road condition permits access
*Proper instruction by Tony in how to respectfully conduct around the horses
*A full discussion of the family dynamics of the bands
*What to look for and proper techniques when photographing the wild horses, as well as other wildlife in the area.
Weekend availability is by special appointments only made through the contact page. If weather inhibits access to the area, a reschedule and or a refund will be granted.
Workshop schedule is seasonal only, from May 1st - August 29th. Workshops are held either in the mornings or evenings. Transportation by Tony will be coordinated and provided prior to visiting the peaks.
****PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO THE VAST AREA AND LIMITED ACCESS TO CERTAIN AREAS OF THE HMA, BEING ABLE TO VIEW THE HORSES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED*****