Wild Horses and Where To Catch Them
Wild animals are mainly found in the wild, roaming in herds from one point to another mainly searching for food and water. They mainly thrive best in semi-arid areas, places that experience a tropical climate. Certain horses thrive well in cold regions. This is made possible by their unique coating, and thick fur on the bottom half of their legs. Given that they’re mammals, they’re able to generate heat for themselves, allowing them to survive in cold areas. They’re sometimes cross-bred with those that were conceived in cold regions to give a breed that can survive in both areas without much struggle. Those that survive in areas like the North or South Pole will have to find it difficult to survive in warm regions due to their heavy fur layer especially found on their feet.
A Horse serves different purposes to humans, depending on what the master demands from them. Some are used for leisure, where their work is to ferry around tourists who visit a certain area or to enjoy an afternoon through some grass fields. Others are used as a means of transport, where people would ride them from one area to another. Since they come in breeds, there are breeds that are better suited for light work like ferrying people, while others do the heavy-duty of pulling carts with heavy loads on them. Even from their physical structure, they appear to be stronger than a normal horse that carries people. The load it carries has also enabled it to build its muscles, depending on when it started being put to task. Others are also used in the farm together with oxen to pull plows, preparing the land for planting season.
All these mentioned are, however, domesticated animals. You cannot go to the wild and pick a random horse that you use for your personal benefit. Wild horses have to be tamed, you have to appeal to their gentle side before getting one for yourself. Since they’ve been in the wild all their lives, they’ll definitely be hostile when you try and approach them. There are those that will see you as a threat, and try to scare you off by looking straight at you.
They’ll carefully study your movements, where if you make one wrong move, they could come charging at you and stomp you if you accidentally fall down. They’ve got powerful kicks which they’d use against you if they corner you at a spot where you cannot run anymore. Since they move in herds, there are others within the group that would support the threatened one, and you would not a group of horses charging at you.
There are those whose response to such a scenario would be to flee. This mainly happens when they feel outnumbered, or are too afraid to engage with you. Such a horse will mostly be young, or are injured, and would rather flee from danger than face what is coming upon them. To approach a wild horse, you must be very strategic and careful in your movements. Anything that goes amiss will send the horse fleeing or retaliating.
Certain wild horses are tracked down due to some of their exotic breeds that possess phenomenal characteristics which could prove useful on your farm horse. They’re mainly caught to breed with the local horse, and later end up being part of the domesticated family. It may show signs of wanting to go back to the wild a couple of times, but once it gets accustomed to the new way of life it becomes less agitated and feels more comfortable.
Some areas allow for people to go out looking for them and legally taking them as their own, while others strictly prohibit this practice. If found by the rangers or any government official being in possession of a wild horse, this is an offense that is punishable by law. Countries across North America allowed people to catch them for a long time, which was used as dog food.
When the government saw that the public was overdoing it, it created laws to protect these animals. Today, only a handful of herds roams around freely in the wild, with few natural predators. Humans have been their biggest predator, causing their population to drop significantly. The US developed a policy where they’d remove these animals from public land and put them up for adoption by either zoos or anyone interested in raring one. Many of them remain locked up in a facility before finding a new home.
Mongolia almost suffered a case where there were no free-roaming horses in the wild after the last one died in the 1960s. They managed to recover from this by breeding those they’d put in the zoo and later releasing them into the wild. Had they not caged a few in the zoo, they’d never recover from that tragedy.