We returned for a third day to “our island” this time with a new plan in place. We did a little research back at our temporary base and found where on the island the wildies were frequently spotted. As it turns out, the one corner of Wild Horse Island that we had not explored was indeed their hiding place. We found a new place to launch our canoe, and travelled by water about 3 miles to a new point on the island. This is where it gets exciting… We had barely been off the canoe for three minutes when we spotted the wild horses! We could see their black backs glimmering through the trees, as we, so excited we were shaking, pulled our gear out to capture their intense beauty. Then, to our surprise and delight, they walked towards us, deeply interested in the three girls standing before them. Much to our surprise as we trailed them throughout the island, they were quite curious of us, and “fear” was not in their vocabulary. What if everything you knew about wild horses was wrong? What if Hollywood had so blown “wild” out of proportion that the reality of what wild horses are, has been lost in the past? What if “wild” simply meant “free”? As we track down more herds of wild horses, time only, will tell the true story of the Wildies of Alberta.
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