December 21, 2016
Adventures, Stories, Wildlife Encounters
Dina Boyer, photographer, Pine Nut Mountains, western Nevada, Wild Horses
On the Memorial Day 2016 weekend I set out on a wild horse adventure to an area in western Nevada known as the Pine Nut Mountains. I knew the area where I would have wild horse encounters were only accessible via 4×4 vehicles. I rented a Jeep Cherokee.
The first night on the Pine Nut Mountains I camped out on the range, but the weather conditions made for an uncomfortable night. So the next two nights I made my base camp Crystal Springs campground nearby, but it was across the Nevada/California border.
My first night at the campground I was able to get on the range by 8am. That was when I had my first wild horse encounter. I saw the band or group of wild horses alone in the desert seemingly having a meeting. I stopped and photographed that moment.
This is what I determined through research and knowledge of their behavior.
This wild horse caught my attention because he was waving his tail dramatically and making loud whinny sounds. The sounds coming from that horse were not sounds I heard before from other horses. This horse was also hoofing at something in the desert. I later discovered this horse was hoofing at one of his deceased band mates.
I observed and watched and tried to read the scene. I scanned around and realized a notorious stallion named Zorro by wild horse advocates was barking at a group of horses.
Zorro was seemingly trying to take a horse away from the group?
I then sat still and again tried to figure out was going on, but then I suddenly realized their was a deceased horse on the ground, and the horse who was whining loudly and waving his tail wildly pointed me to the carcass.
I then retreated and tried to process the scene, but I wasn’t smart enough, but after observing them for the remainder of the year and then using what I learned and returning to my photos I then concluded what I witnessed.
In the end a horse named Zorro, who killed more than his fair share of fellow horses, bowed down to the one horse on the range who allowed him to claim a dame.
June 14, 2016
Dina Boyer, nevada, photography, Pine Nut Mlountains, SanFranciscoFotos, Wild Horses, wildlife
On Memorial Day weekend I once again visited our nation’s wild horses. This time I visited the herd on the Pine Nut Mountain Range in Nevada. That area is an HMA or a herd management area, which means they are “are lands under the supervision of the United States Bureau of Land Management that are managed for the primary but not exclusive benefit of free-roaming ‘wild’ horses and burros.” During previous visits to see wild horses I mostly concentrated my observation of them on the Virginia Range, which is geographically north of the Pine Nut’s. I targeted this herd because they have advocates that speak for them and maintain them. In other word’s they have people who look after them. It is my opinion the wild horse herd in the Pine Nut’s are very special because of the bonds they form between each other. Wild horses are considered by some, to simply be feral horses. Brought on by economic desperation or owners who simply became too poor to care for them, but, after they are in the wild, they are wild again. Wild horses do indeed become themselves after they are free to roam on the ranges. They form their own families, socialize with each other, they adopt or raise their own off spring, they have leaders, followers, babysitters, and bosses, and many become best friends’. Observing wild horses is simply the most amazing experience a wildlife photographer could do for themselves.
August 16, 2014
Mustangs, Nevada Range, photography by Dina Boyer, Reno, Wild Horses
Reward for my photo adventures is capturing these beauties in their natural settings.
July 17, 2014
Dina Boyer, Mustangs, nevada, photographer, Virginia Range, Wild Horses, wildlife
I photographed and observed the wild horses on the Virginia Range for 3 days. Temps were in the 100’s, and the Virginia Range is a riparian forest or desert. The Virginia Range is mostly private property. I watched the wild horses, live, play, fight, socialize and I even watched one die. They are very affectionate animals and they always took the time to observe me.
A few facts about horses:
Mass: 500 kg on average (Adult)
Speed: 40 – 48 km/h (Galloping), 19 – 24 km/h (Canter), 6.4 km/h on average (Walk), 13 – 19 km/h (Trot)
I watched this one die. It was walking awkwardly, so I stopped and watched it for a while. He then suddenly laid down on the ground hard, let out a squeal, and then he stopped breathing.
Baby horse with the momma.
February 1, 2013
Dina Boyer, Equus ferus, nevada, photographer, Virginia Range, Wild Horses
Sorry about the extremity of my last post. It is an issue I feel strongly about, live and let live, let natural selection take care of the population.
Anyhow so I have conquered another photographic goal. I have sought out, and have photographed wild horses on a range in Nevada. I have been inspired by someone I met on Facebook. Her Facebook handle is Mustang Meg. She has been watching and photographing wild horses from Oregon for quite a while. I like her pics, and was inspired, so I sought out wild horses to photograph in Nevada. The wild horses I discovered and photographed are on the Virginia Range in or near Carson City and Dayton Nevada.
This photographic adventure started months ago. I conducted research, asked questions, made phone calls, explored Google Earth, and when it came down to it, it only took 2 hours of driving time to discover the herd. My base camp was Reno. As soon as I parked I started taking pics. The horses were eating and mostly kept their heads down, but I did still manage to notice and take pics of some intimate moments. My Facebook entry about my experience is here:
I snuck off for a few more days, and went to an area and a State where there are wild horses running free on the open
land. It has always been a goal for me to photograph them in the wild. I asked questions and pried for info from
several sources, made some phone calls, studied the area using Google Earth and started driving. It only took me two
hours to find my first herd. Horses are herd animals. A herd can consist of different bands, a horse band usually consists
of a male and several females. Many bands can make up a herd. There is also a “linear dominance hierarchy” amongst a
herd. Another term for that is “pecking order.” Herds and or bands in the same area share the resources. Each herd can
consist of a “boss mare” or a “herd stallion.” The more I learn the more I will write about them. It is my goal to become
100% knowledgeable about horses and their behaviors and the type of breeds. The horses I photographed were in the
Virginia Range near Virginia City Nevada. Near a highway roaming amongst the houses and terrain shared by people and
The more I learn the more I will write about them.
Flickr Set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebelgirl/sets/72157632657635975/