Photo and caption by John Steele
This herd and all of the others in the western United States have lived in harmony in this harsh environment for one 550 years. Mother Nature dictates the terms and until settlers appeared some 300 years ago, the horses managed just themselves just fine. American Indians have revered and honored the horses. The Lakota called them "sink waken" or sacred dog. The closest mountains in the background, note the horizontal line. This is the upper water level of Lake Bonniville which drained 14000 years ago when a natural land dam failed.
Location: Utah's western desert by Davis Mountain.