Wild Horse Diary: March 07, 2020 - New Foal in The Broadfoot Herd

March 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Wild Horse Diary - March 07, 2020 by Tim LaytonWild Horse Diary - March 07, 2020 by Tim Layton It was another beautiful day in the Missouri Ozark's that seemed like a spring day.  Springtime is right around the corner and I can barely wait till it is here.  My spring fever is mounting by the day.  

In just 12 days on March 19th, the first day of spring will officially start and I am sure the wild horses will be very happy to see the new grass too.  

I visited the Broadfoot herd back on February 23, 2020 and we had an incredible time. During this sighting, I got to see the stallion strut his stuff and interact with some of the mares and it was incredible to watch him run at full speed across the field.

In the Wild Horse Diary today, I am delighted to let you know there is a brand new foal in the Broadfoot herd! To the best of my knowledge, this is the first official reporting of the new foal.  I did a comprehensive search via Google and did not find any references to the new foal. 

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NEW FOAL IN THE BROADFOOT HERD

New Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim LaytonNew Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim Layton I am excited to announce there is now a total of 15 horses in the Broadfoot herd as of today

Sometime between February 23, 2020 (my last sighting of the herd) and today (March 07, 2020) a new foal was born

As you can see in the photo to the left, the new foal has a large white spot on its forehead right between its eyes above its muzzle versus the other foal has a group of white markings on its rear right quarters. I believe the other foal is about four to six weeks old based on my personal sightings of this herd and it is a male.  

When we find a herd, the first thing that we do is to count them and note the number of foals, yearlings, colts, fillies, and mares.  It isn't always possible to identify the gender, so sometimes we have to just document what we can.  I keep a detailed journal of each horse in the herd with a description and photo if I have one of their distinctive markings.  This helps me know if the same horses are in the herd or if a new member has been added.  

When we first found the herd we counted 14 which was the same as our last sighting.  I didn't think any more about it and went to work trying to verify if the same members were in the herd today and then I started trying to document the genders on some missing information.  

New Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim LaytonNew Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim Layton Then about an hour into the experience, I noticed a very dark blob out in the field about 150 yards from me.  It was far enough that I couldn't really identify what it was, so I pointed my 600mm F4 lens and discovered it was a little foal.  

In the photo to the left, you can see the little foal sleeping on the ground next to the mare.  

So, I started the count again and I got 15.  Then, I thought that I probably miscounted, so I checked again and got 15.  It was at this time that I realized there was a new foal in the Broadfoot herd, but I was concerned.  

I realized that I had been there for about an hour and I was just now noticing the new foal.  The foal had not moved an inch during that entire time, so I started looking at it more closely through my long telephoto lens.  I increasingly became more concerned because I saw the mare grazing all around the foal and she even brushed the foals head and there was no movement.  At this point, I was thinking the foal might not be alive and so I started working my way closer so that I could get a better look.  

About 15 minutes into my accent towards the foal, it popped up on its feel and started looking around!  Within a few seconds the new foal started nursing and I was relieved.  I watched the new foal for about another hour or so from 100+ yards away and I was unable to identify the gender, but I was able to document some unique markings, so hopefully in the near future I will be able to identify the gender and let you know.

New Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim LaytonNew Foal in the Broadfoot Herd by Tim Layton In the photo to the left, the stallion is on the far left behind the sleeping foal and the mare is to the right.

It was an incredible day with the Broadfoot herd and I am excited to photograph this new little baby in the coming weeks and months. 

As previously noted above, there is another foal that looks to be a month or more old, so it will be a lot of fun watching them play together in the future.

The long winter is almost behind us now and I couldn't be any more excited about the wild horses if I tried.

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF SHANNON COUNTY MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses that very few people know about. Hidden away in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis, 4 herds of wild horses roam the beautiful and rugged landscape. 

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free.

It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County Missouri in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds the maximum agreed upon limit of 50 horses.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

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