Wild horses in wetlands

These wild horses (about 23) roam free on about 500 hectares of wetlands near the mouth of the Botriver close to the town of Kleinmond. They are rumored to be descendants of horses hidden in the vlei during the Anglo Boer war (1899 – 1904).  Some say they swam ashore when the Birkenhead sunk in the nearby ocean a long time ago (1852). The truth might be very simple – it could be descendants of farm horses!

 

Free from human intervention, these magnificent creatures have braved the elements for many decades. They roam the flats and river estuary as they please. They fight often and fiercely and are covered in scars. Their bodies have adapted to suit the constant wet surroundings. They play an important role in nature by keeping the clogged waterways open with their paths.

No one looks after them, and most people are totally unaware of them.   I took photos of them over a period of time.  You can easily touch them – they do not shy away.   Remember that they are still wild, strong and very dangerous – so keep at a safe distance. But if you were to go there, please keep them wild – don’t touch or feed them!

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