Written by VIVIAN GRANT
Pam Nickoles, reknown wild horse photographer, has a new post on her blog about a young colt they named ‘Firecracker’.
What a joy he is, so strong, so proud and so beautiful.
I wanted desperately to grab one of the images to post here, but Pam strongly discourages such behavior, so I was strong and reined myself in.
(Update: Pam Nickoles acknowledged my restraint, and graciously allowed me to post one of her photographs of Firecracker. Thank you Pam).
While doing that, I was reining in other emotions.
I am not an overly sentimental person, and have been toughened further by the many atrocities I see committed by man against the horse on a daily basis. Viewing the comments on the post, however, together with Pam’s stirring images of ‘Firecracker’, my heart jumped in my throat and tears stung my eyes.
It is a tragedy, a crime, that we must worry that this precious young mustang may yet be rounded up. Or failing that, because it appears ‘Firecracker’ may have been displaced from his herd, he might have to winter alone. This will make it difficult for him to survive.
But let us leave all that for a few moments, and share in the spirit and joy of who this young mustang is right now, and still wild and free.
Please visit the link below to view the magnificent roan, ‘Firecracker’, in all of his glory. And God bless and protect all of our wild horses and burros.
If you love America’s wild horses and burros too, then please get involved and stay active with any of the many groups and organizations working to protect mustangs like ‘Firecracker’.