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Mooch
15-MAR-2009

Mooch

This big stallion we named Mooch is single again. Despite his imposing size, he has somehow lost his following of three mares during the last six months. He was hovering around a band of seven mares being guarded by a tough little black stallion that kept a wary eye on the lonely male. Mooch was chased away and off into the desert by the black many times, and he always came back to hover a safe distance away. I think that the newborn colt standing near a mare in the black's band may have been fathered by Mooch ten months ago. A little time spent studying my old photos and comparing them with the new mother might confirm this, it is something that I will be interested to find out. I have seen mares that have been taken away by rival stallions, the young ones go with them. Sadly, it has been written that rival stallions will kill a newborn fathered by another stallion so that the mare will be ready to breed sooner by the new dominant male. I hope this does not happen in this case.

Pentax K20D ,Sigma 50-500mm
Images were shot using a long lens. The mustangs were not disrupted from their normal activities. full exif

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Michael Gehrisch31-Jul-2010 07:11
Brilliant! v
Guest 14-May-2010 17:51
can you git more pics
allison 09-May-2010 22:04
he reminds me of my horse m&m but he is an apploosa
Lora 27-Nov-2009 15:49
Good Lord, he is just gorgeous!
Tom Torbert18-Mar-2009 04:26
Beautiful image and great story.. Sharing is not their way.. So be it.. V
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