“But if you tame me, then we
shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Deep in the north western corner of Colorado lies a high desert area called Sand Wash Basin. This HMA (Herd Management Area) is home to colorful mustangs with colorful histories roaming over 155,000 acres they share with elk, mule deer, Greater sage-grouse, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs and of course rodents and reptiles and flora to feed said fauna.
This herd is well loved and followed and home to the well known Picasso! This mare I’m sure has a name and her 2018 colt too and that wee one playing peek-a-boo behind the cedar, but for me, they are much more wild without a human named attached to them! This day, spent with a friend from Missouri who graciously shared her passion for this wild herd with me, and took me to all the great spots to view the wild ones! I am eternally grateful for this moment to witness a wild mare taking a break from motherhood and witnessing her week old colt, who appears to be her exact miniature copy, nudge her to say it was time for lunch!
I respect what a name can do when it comes to nudging our human emotions to create that personal attachment, it makes them more real, more approachable in our minds and hearts, and I applaud those who support the Sand Wash Basin horses in working with the BLM to ensure this herd is here for future generations.