All the Pretty Horses
On the trail of wild horses with professional photographer Brown Cannon III.
The Fight over America’s Wild Horses“, “seventy-two percent of Americans also do not live anywhere near wild horses.” In places like Wyoming and northeastern Nevada, where a vast majority of the herds roam, they’re a hot-button topic, “the subject of screaming matches at town hall meetings, multi-sided lawsuits, and family rifts.” It’s a complex issue that involves public land, local ranchers, government agencies, and horse advocates like Madeleine Pickens, who last year opened Mustang Monument, a 900-square-mile eco-resort and wild horse refuge outside of Wells, Nevada.We love wild horses. And by we, I don’t just mean Sunset. There are animals that people care about more, and mustangs happen to be one of them. Seventy-two percent of Americans support protecting wild horses, which have been declared by law “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.” But, as reporter Mac McClelland points out in “
This was a big story for us so we recruited ace photographer Brown Cannon III, who spent three days at Mustang Monument with Pickens’ 600 ponies. I won’t try to describe his images except to say that I think what he captured tugs at some deep emotional cord within all of us, horse-lover or not. Here are some select shots, along with Brown’s commentary.