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Wild Horses of Missouri Broadfoot Herd 05/09/2021 by Tim Layton timlaytonwildhorses.com

A New Foal in The Broadfoot Herd

I was out on Sunday morning (May 9, 2021) watching the Broadfoot herd and I got an extra little surprise that I was not expecting. I realized there are now 4 foals with this herd versus the three that I had confirmed just a couple of weeks prior on April 25, 2021. Now there is a total of 16 in the Broadfoot herd making it the largest of the four herd to the best of my knowledge.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Wear a Helmet When Riding Your Horse

5 Reasons Why You Should Wear a Helmet When Riding Your Horse

Anyone knows that it isn’t if you will fall, but “when” you will fall when riding horses. The more you ride, the higher your chances of falling.

Piloting a half-ton animal sitting 5 feet off the ground does come with some inherent risks that shouldn’t be downplayed or overlooked.

Did you know that per hour of exposure, horseback riding has a higher injury rate than so-called extreme activities such as downhill ski racing, hang gliding, and riding motorcycles?

Of the injuries reported by equestrians, head injuries are the most common type, as well as the leading cause of death in horse-related accidents.

5 Reasons Why You Should Wear a Helmet

1 – Head injuries are associated with nearly 60 percent of all equestrian deaths.

2 – Thirteen percent or equestrians will end up in the hospital at some point. This is based on only riding six times per year. This sobering statistic has nothing to do with the level of experience of the rider.

3 – Seven million people in the USA ride horses each year and about 70,000 will end up in the emergency room for a horse related injury. Head injuries account for about 18% of these emergency room visits.

4 – Head injury statistics aren’t just for novice riders. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your experience will help you avoid from being injured.

5 – You can’t fix a broken brain, so be sure to wear a helmet.

The bottom line, when choosing a helmet, make sure it is ASTM/SEI certified.

According to the American Medical Equestrian Association, ASTM/SEI-certified helmets reduce horse-related head injuries by 30 percent and severe head injuries by 50 percent.

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Broadfoot Herd - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton 4/25/21

A Magical Morning in the Fog With the Wild Horses of Missouri Broadfoot Herd

It was a magical morning with the Wild Horses of Missouri Broadfoot herd today.  I got out to the Broadfoot area before sunrise and the valley was completely covered in a blanket of fog.  

I patiently waited for the light and suddenly the herd appeared.  I could barely make them out because the fog was so heavy, but I could hear and smell them from the woods where I was located.  

I got to see the three new foals today and that is always a joy.  There are a total of 15 in the Broadfoot herd as of today, counting the three new foals.  

The real magic today was I got to watch the stallion court one of his mares at sunrise and I got several great photos as well some some incredible 4K video footage of the event too.  You will see a few of those photos in the section below. 

I will share additional photos from today and the 4K video in the near future after I get the editing completed. 

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Wild Horses of Outer Banks, North Carolina

Wild Horses of Outer Banks, North Carolina

Wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs in Outer Banks, NC

North Carolina is filled with rich history, natural beauty, and a seemingly endless variety of wildlife. It only seems natural that wild horses would be roaming the Outer Banks.

You may be familiar with this area because it was the home of the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

Many people don’t realize the Outer Banks is home to Wild Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on thousands of acres of public and private land in the Currituck Banks section. These horses have lived on their own for almost five centuries tenaciously surviving this harsh and unforgiving environment.

While their exact history still remains a mystery and, as with most legends, one can only speculate on how they arrived on North American shores.

We know that as early as the 1500s, Spanish ship’s logs record horses and other livestock being pushed overboard to lighten the load of grounded ships.

Some people believe that these amazing creatures actually swam ashore when ships sank off the North Carolina coast or when ships were in distress.

Other people have speculated that failed colonists abandoned the horses they originally brought across with them when they inevitably returned to Europe.

Few creatures evoke such a mystique and conjure a sense of independence and freedom like wild horses.

This herd in Outer Banks is North Carolina’s state horse.

By the early 20th century the popularity of this rugged landscape as a vacation mecca had taken over much of the prime Outer Banks land. Eventually the National Park Service took control over most of what was left, pushing the wild mustangs into more isolated havens. The story of people consuming land and pushing out wild horses is a familiar one.

Now there are but three groups of these intriguing and mysterious horses left. There is a fourth group which started from Shackleford and Ocracoke stock, though now considered “feral” because of mixed bloodlines with some thoroughbred stock, they still clearly carry the tenacious traits of their wild Spanish Mustang roots.

If you are near the Outer Banks, these wild horses are worth your time.

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Did You Know These 5 Amazing Facts About Horses?

Did You Know These 5 Amazing Facts About Horses?

I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and I have to admit that I didn’t know the five facts that I share with you in this article today!

  • Horses Drink 25 Gallons of Water Per Day 
  • There are 58 Million Horses in the World 
  • Arab Horses Can Run Over 100 Miles Per Day
  • A Horse’s Brain Weighs 22 ounces
  • Humans Domesticated Horses About 3,500 BC

If you have a fun fact about horses that I didn’t list in this article, scroll down and share it in the comments section below.

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