Wild horses thunder across parched desert wilderness in the Jackson Mountains. Dust kicks up as their hooves pound the scorched, barren rangelands. Horses are prey animals with a well-developed fight or flight instinct. Their first response to a threat is to flee. A mythic symbol of freedom, mustang herds roam on public lands, but half of the 35,000 wild horses are in Nevada.
Photograph was published in National Geographic magazine for a story on mustangs.Buy This Image