Day 268 – Wild Horses Couldn’t….   12 comments

Found this friendly horse walking near the road in Cape Range National Park in Western Australia a few years back. This horse and others had been released into the park by owners who presumably couldn’t or didn’t want to care for them anymore. I don’t know much about horses, but judging by the ribs on this one, it doesn’t look terribly well fed.

We had spent Christmas in Perth and after some travels to the south, headed further north to stay in Exmouth. There’s not much in Exmouth, aside from the emus that walk slowly around the town and seem particularly fond of standing in the middle of the main road looking at cars trying to get through. The town serves as a great spot from which to see the national park and to explore the string of beaches that run down the western edge of the park.

Due to its remoteness (Exmouth is 1270km north of Perth), the beaches are very quiet. In fact, we often found ourselves having the beach entirely to ourselves. An interesting feature of the park is that the Ningaloo Reef runs along the coastline. It’s so close that you can just grab your snorkel, mask and fins and swim right out to the reef from the beach without ever venturing into deep waters or strong currents.

We chose to fly to Exmouth from Perth, which turned out to be a bit pricey given the remote locale. Not sure there would be a next time, but if there is, we might instead choose make the 15 hour drive.

 

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12 responses to “Day 268 – Wild Horses Couldn’t….

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  1. Such a beautiful animal.

  2. Nice shot! This beautiful horse looks quite at home here; maybe a bit on the underfed side but not too much. Love the colours in this image too! Cheers!

  3. Horses, or at least healthy ones look like that Mike, lean machines! Anyway better running free and a little hungry than captivated,enslaved but well fed! What would most people prefer,i think horses are the same.
    Take the drive next time,Mike you´ll see more and so will your 5D! This shot say´s it all,beautiful animal, beautiful shot, one for an animal calender i think!

    • Thanks Adrian – apparently you know more about horses than me. Glad this one looks healthy. Happy it’s running free. We were keen to do the drive, but with a three-year old in the car, we thought it would be too much. Next time we’ll plan better and make sure the hot stops along the way are booked well in advance. Particularly, I’m keen to walk amongst the dolphins in Monkey Mia.

  4. Gorgeous shot! I LOVE Exmouth, one of my favorite places on Earth. We drove around the country a couple of years ago, camping along the way. I can tell you from experience, it’s worth the drive!!! So much to see. Wish I would have had my DSLR back then. The Ningaloo Reef is amazing, every bit as fantastic as the Great Barrier in my opinion and even better because you can swim straight into it from shore. It’s obviously not as well known, I personally hope it stays that way. We spent about 5 days at Exmouth, it was August so we just missed the Whale Shark migration unfortunately. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to return!

    • Thanks! I have to agree about Ningaloo over the Great Barrier Reef. It’s perhaps a bit less handy from a travel perspective, but you don’t have 1.5 hrs on choppy water getting seasick to get out to the reef and there are no crowds to contend with. We also missed the Whale Shark migration – didn’t learn about it until we were there – and now I want to go back when they’re coming through. Might have to get SCUBA certified first though!

  5. What a great, warm image. It has such a “freedom” feel to it, of the great wide open. Is that a safe haven thing at this park, where people are allowed to turn their horses loose or is it just something they do regardless?

    • I don’t think there are a lot of horses. From our guide (we took a 4-wheel drive tour) we heard about a specific case of horses being released. The really popular animal in the park is actually kangaroos. They present a serious hazard for drivers (or drivers present a serious hazard to the kangaroos). As you drive into the park, there are many dead kangaroos by the side of the road. Not a pretty sight, but personally I think the rangers might leave them there to help remind the tourists to slow down. It’s easy on the wide open roads with little in sight and few cars to pick up some serious speed and forget about the local wildlife. Night driving is a particular hazard in the park as more animals are out and about.

  6. Beautiful shot, Mike. 🙂

  7. I’m with you on judging the horses health, glad to hear it’s not the case! Not sure why, but the tail really caught my eye..there’s just something about it swooshing around that makes me smile. 😀

  8. This is beautiful.

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