What a privilege it was, too.
In Aug 2012, Deerwood became the only BLM supported private land Wild Horse Eco Sanctuary in the United States.
What a wonderful legacy for our beautiful state of Wyoming.
The entire experience was amazing.
We took a hayride out to the land in which the horses roam. A ranch of over 4,000 acres of land with live running water sources and plenty of trees and willows to allow refuge for the horses during the harsh Wyoming winter months.
The land itself was breathtaking.
Then we saw them. Off in the distance, approximately 300 wild horses clustered together.
As the tractor halted, leaving the member's of the Centennial Women's Social Club perched atop the flat bed turned hay ride, looking out across the grassy land, they saw us.
Soon, bustling activity as the horses made their way toward the vehicle.
Circling around, they trotted, snorted, neighed at us. Curious by nature and somewhat familiar with the flatbed from having hay brought to them when the snow was too deep to forage for grass adequately, they came to 'check us out'.
What wonderful photo opportunities.
Every color and type of horse imaginable were in the mix. Even a 'curley', which is more or less a 'hypo-allergenic' horse. A non-allergic-reaction-causing horse.
What a blessing for these horses - all Wyoming born.
The ranch provides adequate food and space for these horses that could otherwise starve due to the lack of grazing area available in our state compared to the growing number of wild horses.
What beauty! What grace! What an amazing site!
If you ever find yourself in Wyoming - mosey on over to the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Eco Sanctuary. You'll be glad you did.