National Geographic : 1971 Jan
On the Track of the West's Wild Horses becomes a skilled sentinel. A stallion would very likely have sensed me. On the other hand, I knew what drama a stallion could lend a scene, particularly if he were challenged by a rival. I have watched fights that have developed into blood baths. The two combatants first go through a pre liminary ritual of posturing, during which either horse has a chance to back down and run away. But once the battle begins, it usu ally goes on with fierce intensity until one horse clearly emerges the victor. The stallions rear and pummel each other with their front hoofs, then suddenly wheel and kick with powerful hind legs. They bite at each other, sometimes tearing off chunks of hide (pages 102-103). The action seldom lasts longer than a few seconds. It often takes place in a whirlwind of dust, and is always punctuated by blood chilling screams. At last, the loser takes lonely flight, while the winner turns to his harem. Despite a stallion's fury when challenged by another male, he ordinarily offers no threat roam the rugged 33,680-acre sanctuary on the Montana-Wyoming border, one of two federal ranges. The other lies within an Air Force reservation in Nevada (map, page 101). KorAHR MF NATIlN- Fh PAPW - - ono. -- n 11- , N.G .S.