There are around 70,000 wild horses running free in the United States today. These aren’t actually “wild” horses, that have descendants that have never been domesticated, but “feral” horses, which are descended from animals that “went wild” in the 1500s. They are related to Spanish horses and live in western states like Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona and Montana.
This is a story about one herd of these feral horses and how the stallion in the herd, Champ, saved her drowning daughter. It’s an amazing story—one all animal lovers will appreciate, especially horse lovers.
A family of wild horses is called a herd, and consists of a stallion, some mares, and their offspring. This herd of horses was drinking at a stream when another herd came down to drink on the other side of the river.
In that herd were two young colts who were engaging in some “horse play” along the water’s edge.
Curiosity got the best of the first herd, and some of them decided to cross over and greet their neighbors.
Among them was a very young filly who waded out into the river with the others. Unfortunately for her, the river’s current dragged her down and she started to be swept away.
She panicked, but her daddy, the stallion, went to her rescue. He wasn’t going to let his daughter drown!
Gently grasping her by the neck, he guided her toward shallower water, and then up onto land. He didn’t let go until she was safe.
She immediately sought the comfort of her mama, and the stallion calmly walked away.
It was just another day in the life of this wild horse herd from Salt River, in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
Be sure to watch the video below for the full story.