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First one band would arrive and then another. Often times a few rogue


stallions would try to steal another’s mares and a fight would ensue. But, as a rule, once noses were down on the valley floor all attention was given to the refreshing cool water and the lush green grass. It was spellbinding and I became absorbed in not only shooting video of the horses but of Terry pho- tographing the Takhi. We lost track of time and the sun began to slip behind the mountains. Suddenly, the buzz of conversation became apparent around us.


I paused


for a second from filming Terry who was down close to a band of horses who apparently had no fear of her. Like- wise, we were not be- ing ushered and harassed by the BLM to an observation point a mile away because we would ‘scare the horses’. I paused and looked around us. It was all very surreal.


We were very alone in the valley when we first arrived. Now, we were


surrounded by people: lots of people. I never heard them arrive for they were just as quite and respectful as we were, as the Takhi were.


As I watched, the horses moved, so did these people. Quietly with


cameras in hand, the people slowly followed the herds over a small knoll and continued to photograph the horses as they ate their evening meal. I was stunned and sat mesmerized by the mixture of multiple languages, personalities and dress all being embraced by one, singular bonding force; the spiritual lure of the wild horse.


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