Wild Horses of Missouri Field Diary 10/07/2022 - Shawnee Creek Herd

October 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

10-07-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC10-07-2022 Shawnee Creek Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC Since we didn't find the Shawnee Creek herd last time out and we realized that 3 horses were missing from the herd from the previous field outing, we headed back out again today to try and resolve the mystery of what is going on.

We began our day back at the main Shawnee Creek fields hoping to find the entire herd all back together again.

That didn't happen, but we did find the two old ladies hanging out together and grazing in the main field. 

That felt good to know there were safe and together.  Still no sign of the blind mare that was last seen on 09/30/2022. 

Wild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim Layton We stayed with the two old ladies for quite a while and just watched them enjoy the beautiful weather and seemingly endless supply of grass. 

Enjoy them in this video clip below, as they stick very close to each other. 

Notice how one of them is always checking their surroundings for predators while the other one typically continues to eat.  It is like they have an unspoken understanding of what each other needs to do without the need to signal or outwardly communicate.  

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The light was fading fast, so we decided to make a quick trip to the Two Rivers area to find the rest of the herd. 

Luck was on our side, and we did find 11 of the horses, but still missing the blind mare last seen on 09/30/2022 at this same location. 

The sun was setting behind the horses, which was a calming and beautiful experience. When I arrived, the two young foals played and jumped on each other.  It brought me back to some beloved childhood memories. 

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As you can see in the video clip above, it was a beautiful and peaceful sunset with the wild horses grazing before dark. 

We actually ended up staying until it was very dark, and the horses remained in the main fields continuing to graze under the moonlit sky.

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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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