When I left the wild horses in the spring I felt that I wasn't finished and that I hadn't really seen them in the wild. I'm so glad I returned this fall as I think now, I've seen the true wild horses of Alberta. It was really interesting to see what happened to some of the stallions and their band over the summer and to discover new bands that I hadn't seen before.

In the spring a large number of horses gathered in a large meadow which is their breeding grounds as well as a safe place for the colts to get their feet under them. They eventually head out, in separate bands, to areas that the stallions tend to claim and makes it difficult to find them as they can easily disappear into the bush. What this also does is makes it easier for predators to pick off the young colts. This was quite noticeable as most of the herds we saw this fall had only 1 colt in amongst them although there was one herd, Rusty's herd, that had 3 foals . He must have been very good at hiding, had a predator free area or was good at defending his young ones. The mortality rate for colts is very high as is the mortality rate of yearlings. If they can live till 2 years old they have a good chance of living for quite a few years.