Friday, June 28, 2013

Deerwood Ranch

This week I had the privilege to visit and tour the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Eco Sanctuary.

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.

Some even got brave enough to take hay off the truck.

 What beauty...
and charm.....
 and fun....

 and elegance.

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.


  1. Great photos, Liz! It was a wonderful way to spend an evening in the Centennial Valley.

    1. Thanks, Nancy. I completely agree. It was a fabulous evening. My family are enjoying the pictures.

  2. They sure are beautiful pictures darling, and I'm very glad you got to spend the evening with new friends!

    1. Thank you, sweetheart. It was a fun evening. Missed all of you.

  3. Those are beautiful horses, looking like they're having lots of fun together! Did you get any pictures of the 'curley'?

    1. They are beautiful. I may have gotten one from a distance, but he was never very close. He was pointed out but I don't know that I got a good shot.


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