Mustangs | Spirit of the Shrinking West, National Geographic Magazine: Wild Horse Survives in Winter Snow Landscape

Wild horse climbs through deep snows into the woods to find food to eat in the winter.

Harsh, cold weather means survival of the fittest. As night falls, a lone horse paws through deep snows in the Ochoco National Forest in search of something to eat.  Depending on the horse’s body condition, a healthy horse can go quite a long time without eating—a month or so—provided he already had a great amount of stored body fat. The horses eat snow for a water source.

The horses in the Ochoco number around 60, and are remnants of the Indian and settlers’ horses that roam the Big Summit Horse Territory in the mountains of eastern Oregon.

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