If you’re a true lover of horses, you don’t just love our domesticated equine friends, you probably adore the more wild animals out there too. Nothing could be more majestic than a wild stallion running free – doesn’t that sound so poetic?
If you’d like to see the awe inspiring sight of a herd of wild horses galloping, then maybe you should plan your next holiday around one of the destinations in this list. Some of them might be right on your doorstep, others might require a little trek into nature, but we assure you, it will be a once in a lifetime experience, and well worth it. Make sure you take a camera!
We use the term ‘wild’ horses loosely, as most of the horses on this list are actually feral – once domesticated horses that were let loose! They are still extremely beautiful, and many are rare breeds that you might not see anywhere else!
See Przewalski’s Horses in Mongolia
Przewalski’s horses nearly went extinct as a species, but thanks to a clever captive breeding program, they have once again been released into the wild. You can see these horses in national parks in China, but the horses originally came from Mongolia, and can now be seen in the Takhin Tal Nature Preserve. Wolves are still a major threat to these beautiful horses, so they are regularly monitored and cared for. The horses have a very distinctive look too; their unusual bristly mane is reminiscent of a zebra, and they have easily recognizable colorings.
See Dartmoor Ponies in England
The Dartmoor pony is semi-feral breed hat lives in the southwest of England. The horses are utilised by the local people due to their hardy nature and resistance to the extreme weather in the area. Sadly these ponies seem to by dying out, and no one is really sure why. In the 1930s there was thought to be over 25,00 roaming the moors, but now it’s estimated there are only about 5000.
See Mustangs in Nevada, USA
The Mustang is another semi-feral horse, but it’s arguably one of the most infamous free-roaming horses, likely due to it being a popular part of American classic Westerns. Over half of all the Mustangs in America are found in Nevada, making it one of the best places for spotting them. This breed first came to the Americas with the Spanish, as domesticated horses. Today’s mustangs are descended from those first Spanish horses to conquer the Americas.
See Camarque Horses in France
The Camargue horse is an ancient breed indigenous to Southern France, the origins of the horse are unknown, but the Camargue region in France is one of the best places in Europe for spotting wildlife. These horses are quite small and live in wetlands, but they are also synonymous with French cowboys in the region, and easily recognizable due to the fact they are only ever seen in gray.
Guess post by Kirstie Pimbblet