In western Alberta we have various small herds of wild horses that freely roam the foothills of the Canadian Rockies that we call “Wildies.” Some originated from “The Depression” of the 1930’s when the work horses were turned lose after the coal mines and logging camps were shut down in the west country. Over the years, escaped or illegally abandoned horses have been added to the numbers, creating the multiple breeds found in the herds today. On this particular day we came across a small band of wild horses west of Sundre, Alberta. Although they seemed quite at ease with our presence our long lenses enabled us to capture their beauty from a distance, so as not to disturb them. Some days we will drive for hours searching and never see a wild horse. But on those days when we do, our day is made when we get a glimpse at seeing these amazing “Wildies” that call Alberta home.
- Stan Masters
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