An alert, young foal with interesting markings and roan colors is part of a herd of approximately 120 wild horses in the Pryor Mountains.
Foals are often born with a pale shade of their adult color. In the wild, the dull colored coat camouflages babies from predators. However, they typically shed their fuzzy foal coat at three or four months of age and evolve into their adult coloration.
The herd range is in the high meadows down through rugged juniper-covered foothills to colorful desert-like badlands that border the green fields of Crooked Creek Valley. Bureau of Land Management's Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range in Wyoming.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- Mustangs: Spirit of the Shrinking West_National Geographic magazine 2/2009