Watching the herd in their natural environment is unforgettable. I see tender moments, quiet moments of grazing, I see how the bands move about and take their turns at the water hole, and I see playful moments like this. I call it playful because there’s a push/pull and a give and take in their sparring. Beneath the play might be a brief battle for hierarchy, or it might simply be a playing out of their current mood and energy levels.
This image was taken on April 25, 2020 at Return to Freedom’s Satellite Sanctuary in San Luis Obispo, California.
For more information on the Mustangs living in sanctuary, visit the Return to Freedom website.
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