Wild Horses of Missouri Field Diary 05/06/2022 - Broadfoot Herd at Sunset

May 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC05-06-2022 Broadfoot Wild Horses © Tim Layton & Associates, LLC It was a beautiful evening at Broadfoot today.  The weather is spectacular, and I know to enjoy it before the summer heat kicks into full gear. 

The bugs were already pretty bothersome, and I have noticed over the years that the bugs at Broadfoot seem to be worse than any of the other locations. 

I can only guess that it may be related to the main field being close to the river, but I am unsure.  I know in the summertime, a bug face mask is required, or they will drive you nuts!

The lead stallion (photo above) was curious and reserved today.  Over the last few weeks, he has been hot on the trail with the mares, but that seems to be slowing down based on what I observed today.  

I have never seen a lead stallion be so social and curious before. 

Wild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Videos by Tim Layton I had left my tripod about halfway down the field, which is a very long walk if you have ever been to Broadfoot. He was so curious about the tripod that he paired off the main herd and trotted down to check it out.  The photo to the left is him trotting by me on his trip to check out my tripod. 

He slowly approached the tripod, sniffed it, and then decided it needed to be tasted.  After checking it out for an intense 30 seconds, he decided he was done and returned to the herd and started grazing before sunset.

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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All four foals and the herd of 13 were all present and accounted for right before sunset.  Others have reported that 2 of the foals were not present earlier this week.  They looked healthy, and all of them were playful and stuck very close to mom.

The horses worked over to the water hole next to the loop road near sunset.  The foals all walked over and got a drink, along with most other horses.  If you are at Broadfoot near the end of the day, park away from the water that frequently stands in a shallow pool next to the loop road because the horses probably won't come over and get a drink.  It is located close to the first left turn.

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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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