Wild Horses of Missouri Field Diary 10/04/2022 - Shawnee Creek Herd

October 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

10-04-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC10-04-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC It was another interesting adventure with the Shawnee Creek herd today.  

I am unsure what happened this year, but this reliable herd changed and continues to surprise me.

It all started when some of the Shawnee members visited Broadfoot in the late spring and mated with the stallion, and the herd has never really been the same since then.   

We went to Two Rivers first and didn't find the herd, so we went to the main fields at Shawnee Creek.

They were nowhere to be found, so we decided to hike in the woods and along the creek and river.  After two hours and about 3 miles of hiking in the woods and along the river, we decided to call it a day and be thankful for the time in nature and the great hike.  

Wild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim Layton As we emerged from the woods and started into the main field, I spotted them in the location where we began our hike! 

We counted and verified 11 in the herd today, and while we are not 100% sure, we didn't see the blind mare we found over at the Two Rivers fields on 09/23/2022.  

Also, the two old ladies were not with the herd either, so the 11 horses make sense based on the regular 14 that we confirmed on 08/21/2022.

The two new foals look healthy and strong, and Mr. Curious (foal # 1, born at the end of March) is getting big and strong.  We will follow up in the coming days and weeks to try and find the blind mare and the two old ladies.

Watch the video below of our adventure from today, where we hiked through the woods and along the river only to find the horses back out in the main fields after 3 miles of hiking!

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Follow along on YouTube with Tim and Lesa behind the scenes as they track, find, and try and photograph the wild horses of Shannon County, Missouri.

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to a beautiful herd of wild horses located in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only state where wild horses still roam free. It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years, and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s, the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land.  

The national park service started removing the wild horses in a profoundly upsetting way to residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together, and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, Senators Kit Bond, and John Ashcroft.

05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

People worldwide visit Shannon County in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some horses when the herd exceeds 50.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your safety, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

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