Double Band Mustang Stallions

Category: Outdoor Scenes


Photo and caption by Megan McMahon

There are about 170 wild mustangs living among the hills and colored rocks of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. These two stallions are unusual in that they share a band of mustangs. Redface, the lead stallion shows the influence of a draft stallion introduced to the park in the 70's to improve genetic diversity. In this scene, Redface had approached senior Singlefoot's mare and foal a little too closely. Although dominant, Redface bows to Singlefoot's warning to back off, demonstrating the value of resolving conflicts through body posturing vs physical contact.

Location: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota


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