The Astounding Free Range Horses of Patagonia~

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The free ranging wild horses of Patagonia are called criollos. They were brought to Argentina in 1535 by Spanish settlers and were bred from Andalusians. Hundreds now roam wild on the Patagonian Steppe and are considered native to Argentina.
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My husband and I were out exploring one day deep into the steppe on a dirt road when we faced a herd of oncoming traffic moving at great speed.
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We stopped the car and I got out as the criollos streamed around us and I got these shots. It was a thrilling sight!
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The criollos have the best long distance endurance of any breed next to the Arabians.
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They are hardy and able to live in harsh conditions and withstand the severe Patagonian winters.
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By nature they are said to be tractable, intelligent and sensible.
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We saw herds of them all over the steppe, sometimes at great distances. It was wonderful to see such beautiful horses wild and free!
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Cheers to you from the horsey Holler!

201 thoughts on “The Astounding Free Range Horses of Patagonia~

  1. Ah, Cindy, my homeland caballo criollo!. They are beautiful!. You have captured them so lovingly, la Patagonia is a land of wonder!. Thank you!

    • Patagonia is like heaven! So indescribably beautiful. To have grown up here would be such a privelege. We have been twice and all it does it make us want to go more!! I am so happy you think I did justice to the incredible criollos! Muchas gracias mi amiga y mucho gusto tan bien~

  2. Cindy–I’m with you, the free range is such a delightful anomaly–where it should be the norm. You capture the beauty and feel of the animals and place–the rushing freedom…a world class photographer, you should work for 60 minutes or something. One of the big ones.

    Also–can you see that I have clicked the LIKE widget? i am having the **** time with my widgets and visits and oh my I am sick of it. I do like this, even if WP misses that mark…:)

    • Oh yes about 25% of the likes I post on people’s blogs get erased and I am sure it goes both ways. VERY frustrating! The wild and free horses of Patagonia were miraculous. Sad that it is so rare these days isn’t it? Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to me. Hugz to you~

  3. Beautiful shots of these gorgeous, wild creatures, Cindy! Such a moment to have them all come thundering toward you!

    For this and many other reasons, Patagonia is definitely on my bucket list…preferably by motorcycle.

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  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is
    added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Yes! That is so annoying and I have done the same thing before! Go to ‘manage your blog’, ‘blogs I follow,” find my blog and untick the box that says notify me of any comments and you will stop receiving these!! Hope it works~

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