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Salt River Horses-Spring 2014

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 by Joe No Comments


For almost five years now I’ve been periodically working on a personal photographic project capturing wild horses in the western USA. This past year, I had an opportunity to add to the imagery of the project, documenting the wild horses on Arizona’s Salt River. These horses are surprisingly close to the metropolis of Phoenix, only about an hour’s drive to the east.


I set out with my good childhood friend Chris Ramin to locate these river dwelling ungulates. Loaded down to camp for a couple days we headed east of Phoenix to the Salt River Basin. For many years, this area has been an oasis for the local population looking to cool down and enjoy the outdoors. We arrived in the late afternoon and began our search at the Phon D. Sutton and Coon Bluff Rec area, but came up empty-handed. We headed to our camp spot for the night and got up early the next morning and spotted the horses just a bit further upstream at the the end of Usery Pass Rd, just along the river.


We were stalking along the river, following fresh dung and horse tracks, when the horses emerged, coming right toward us, out of the cactus and scrubland along the basin. We hung out for several hours watching them roll in the rocks, cross the river, graze and mingle.

Enjoy the photos.


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Wild Horses of the West-Oregon-Utah-Nevada-Arizona

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by Joe No Comments

Several years ago, I stumbled across an article about wild horses in the United States. I found myself shocked simply by their existence: knowing there are thousands of wild horses roaming almost every state in the Western US. Intrigued, I set out with my wife, Anna Schell, and headed up to Cedarville, CA, on the CA/NV border to see some of the wild horses and document an official Bureau of Land Management (BLM) “round up” of the animals, which they frequently orchestrate for population control. Ever since that experience, I have continued to be fascinated by the wild horse phenomenon. Which is why, this past summer, I spent several weeks seeking out wild horses in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.

Check out more pics here from past visits to the wild horses. Thanks

America’s Wild Horses: Freedom to Captivity

Posted on: December 27th, 2011 by Joe 1 Comment

As part of an ongoing project looking into the lives of America’s wild horses, these horses and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) employees were photographed on the Nevada/ California border near Cedarville CA. The BLM estimates there are just under 40,000 wild horses/burros on BLM managed rangelands in 10 Western states. The BLM is faced with the difficult task of maintaining a the horses/burro population at a size that the land can hold without stretching the resources of the land.