The Wild Horses of Alberta Canada Part 1
The wild horses run through the forests and deforested grasslands of Alberta Canada like the primeval wild horses of Europe once did. Lush green carpets of grasses cover most of the open areas among the lodge pole pines where horses graze, stallions fight and foals are protected amid the volunteer seedlings of fallen trees.
The horses are protected but barely. Managed by an entity which is the Canadian Equivalent to BLM, according to their website if you apply for a license you may capture any you can within a set limit. But in order to do so you must also follow certain guidelines for humane treatment and capture. Once the animals are removed, usually by bait trapping there is no limit to sale or use of these horses.
|Photographer Ken Mcleod's Capture of a Wild Stallion|
feeding on the forest grasses among the pine trees
in Alberta Canada
The horses closely resemble light draft breeds such as Cleveland Bay, Morgan, Irish Draught. Occasionally in some of the photography, I have also seen horses of finer bone as well with some obviously thoroughbred influence. The colors of Alberta’s wild horses range from light golden bay to dark bay, black, sorrel, dun, guerrilla, and roan.
According to the official government of Alberta website, the horses are descendants of the horses used in logging and from guide and outfitter businesses. With mechanization after WW2 horses that were no longer of use or older horses were simply turned loose on the land already deforested. As in the Lower 48 states on western lands periodically other domestic horses have been released into the land as well adding to their numbers.
To read more about the land use and the Wild horses of Alberta from the Government’s view point you can go to their website: http://srd.alberta.ca/LandsForests/LandManagement/FeralHorses/Default.aspx