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Wild Horses of Oregon


By Mary McAuslin

While we were in Oregon last fall, we were fortunate to see the wild horses in the wild.  We stopped at the BLM holding pens and office in Burns, OR, where we were given a map to the Steens Mt Loop Rd where a band of wild horses hang out. There was evidence of wild horses at the first waterhole, but no horses. So we proceeded to the next one six miles in and got a thrill of a lifetime! About 12 or 13 wild horses were drinking, bathing, playing (rearing and kneeling), rolling, etc. at the water hole. There was a stallion off to the side “on guard.” Interestingly, he was black, while the other horses were spotted. It was an amazing sight, as a coyote was sharing the waterhole with the horses! The wild horses were the best part of our trip! 

About the author: Mary McAuslin is an amateur artist living in Hickory Valley, TN. Her daughter and son-in-law both work for the Bureau of Land Management in Burns, Oregon.

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