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This year has been the longest, harshest winter I can remember in Wyoming since I started going in 2000. In December, snowstorm after snowstorm swept in and buried the area. The Arctic fronts that moved in brought record chills, making it impossible for the snow to melt. To say that I was concerned about the wild horses and the other wildlife in the area is putting it mildly. But I wonder if any of them could have been prepared for what nature threw at them this year?
Wild horses know where to go and where to migrate to find the best places to forage and water. They know the places where the snow may be less deep, and the best places to get out of the wind. Wild horses teach their offspring, and memory guides the next generation, and this knowledge is critical to their continued survival. But this winter was like no other in recent times and the horses who were alive back in the 1980s, during the last severe winter season in this area, have either been removed by roundups in 2011, 2018, and 2020 or have passed away.
I know these beautiful beings are tough and well-suited to the high desert lands that they call home. I can only hope that a spring thaw will be coming soon. All this snow will provide water and nurture the growth of all the plant life that all of the animals depend upon. And so, the cycle of the seasons will continue. Tune in this week and let me give you the lay of the land from a magical and unique vantage point. It will amaze you!
To celebrate the launch of this show, I’m giving away a 12”x18” metal print of Blue Zeus called Into the Blue, and two signed copies of my book, Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert, to three lucky listeners who follow, rate, and review the show. Click here to learn more about the contest and how to enter, I’ll be announcing the winners in a future episode.
What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
- What a winter landscape looks like in Wyoming’s wild horse country.
- The special challenges wild horse populations face in winter.
- Why horse families move in lines as opposed to a loose group formation.
- How yearlings, pregnant mares, and older horses fair in these conditions.
- Why the foal population may decline after this winter season.
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Featured on the Show:
- To celebrate the launch of this show, I’m giving away a 12”x18” metal print of Blue Zeus called Into the Blue, and two signed copies of my book, Blue Zeus: Legend of the Red Desert, to three lucky listeners who follow, rate, and review the show. Click here to learn more about the contest and how to enter, I’ll be announcing the winners in a future episode.
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