As long as I can remember, horses have been my favorite animals. I love how majestic and strong they are; they move with such radiance that it’s difficult to compare them to any other animal. Of course, when they are truly wild horses, their beauty is unmatched.
In South Wales, the countryside is vast and unique. You can spend hours, even days, scanning the beautiful rolling hills and marshlands. Many times, wild horses roam the uneven grounds. To see such rare beauty all at once can be overwhelming.
One day, as two onlookers are enjoying the countryside, they notice something, off in the distance, that catches their attention. They see two figures; one is brown and moving slowly; the other is white and motionless. After a moment, they realize that the smaller brown movement is coming from a baby horse. As they watch in curiosity, they come to the conclusion that the white horse is the mama, and that something is wrong.
They make their way over to the two animals, unsure of what they would find. As they get closer, they notice more movement coming from the little foal, which they take as a good sign. The foal is frantically running back-and-forth around her mama, who is lying still, on her side.
Merely feet from the two beauties, the men notice that this mama is struggling vigorously. They discover that her back leg is stuck in her wild and tangled mane. Unsure and a little frightened, the mama horse attempts to run off but quickly falls to the ground from being unbalanced. The men know that if the horse makes too many more attempts to run off, she would only hurt herself more.
As one of the men makes his way over to her, she tries desperately to get up. The man who is attempting to rescue her very slowly makes his way over to her. He soothes her with calm words and sounds, and finally is able to come up behind her. He strokes her back to comfort her and she quickly realizes that she can trust him.
He manages to release her trapped leg from her mane and, as soon as she is free, sudden peace falls over her. The man gets up and the horse continues to lie still, feeling the tenderness of her newly-freed leg. Her foal anxiously waits for her mom’s strength to return. After a couple minutes of rest, the mama horse gives it one last effort and, with complete ease, she is up and on all-fours. The men hold their breath, hoping for the best.
She walks around for a moment, regaining her balance and stability. Then, in a truly remarkable moment, the two beauties run off. The men watch in pure amazement as the horses return to their journey through the country’s marshlands.
These rescuers are unsure of what they are up against, but in the midst of uncertainty, they take a risk that is truly rewarding. At the end of it all, the beauty and majesty of nature are once again harmonious and wonderful.