Wild Horses Kick Up Water Charging Through The Salt River In Arizona

Wild horses

I’ll do my best to not make a reference to the Rolling Stones’ classic “Wild Horses” during this story.

Have you ever actually seen a video of wild horses? Feels like you always hear about them, but it always seems like untamed horses would live off in some far off, distant, magical land. But guess what? This video comes from the “Grand Canyon State” of Arizona.

It’s estimated that over 80,000 wild horses still roam free in the 10 western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. It is in those locations where the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management keep a close eye on HMAs, or Herd Management Areas.

There were plenty of people around to witness these two separate-yet-joined bands of horses (and a couple of lone bachelors) running rampant and fighting through the Salt River. The waterway is over 200 miles long, and is the largest tributary of the Gila River… and is apparently the river of choice for wild horses.

According to first hand accounts, these wild mustangs had been running for miles. The person who captured this remarkable footage had this to say about the incredible encounter:

“We were sitting on the river’s edge when suddenly a huge group of wild horses came charging through the trees and crashing into the Salt River, swimming straight towards us. They were fired up, with skirmishes breaking out within the group as it moved through the water, seemingly without direction.”

It seems as though they were really putting the “wild” in wild horses. I do have to say that’s it’s really intriguing to see this many horses running free at once, and I’m sure it was really cool (and probably a little scary) to see them in person.

That’s a lot of horsepower right there, and considering there aren’t many left out in the wild in the continental United States, you’ve got to really take a moment to appreciate the sights and sounds of wild, wild horses… DAMMIT! I had made it this far and threw it all away.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock