A memoir about a maverick cowboy and a herd of wild horses by H. Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd

Spring in Salt River Wild Horse Country

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog

Spring in Salt River Wild Horse Country

Today’s photoessay comes from Becky Standridge, a professional photographer whose work focuses on the wild horses living in the Salt River Canyon outside of Phoenix. I met Becky at a book signing and she was kind enough to send a copy of her beautiful 12-month Salt River Wild Horses calendar. You can see more of Becky’s work on Facebook

Spring is a favorite season, not only for what it symbolizes but also for what it actually brings. Symbolically, it heralds the renewal of life. It breaks the grip of winter, frees the spirit and fills the senses with hope for the coming season. It’s an incentive for fresh starts and new beginnings. Anticipation abounds.

Spring Salt River Wild Horses - 01
As Mark Twain wrote, “It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
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The arrival of spring brings with it ever-longer periods of sunshine and warmth which awaken the earth to new signs of life. Mother Nature’s pallet replaces winter’s shades of grey with a bouquet of fragrant color. New life bursts forth greeting the world with the sight and sounds of jubilation. As Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the things that spring brings.”
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Springtime in the Sonoran Desert along the Salt and Verde Rivers in Arizona plays out as it does elsewhere but with the added attraction of wild horses, known as the Salt River Wild Horses.
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Living in what is recognized as the lushest desert on earth, food is plentiful so the horses choose their favorite food for the season.
Spring Salt River Wild Horses - 05
The hummingbirds raise their tiny chicks,
Spring Salt River Wild Horses - 06
bees swarm to start new hives,
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and mares begin to foal.
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Yearlings begin their journey to independence,
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bachelor stallions contemplate a family of their own
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and band stallions proudly defend the family they hold so dear.
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It’s a season of promise and a special time of year that not only warms the earth but warms the heart as well.
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Becky Standridge has spent several years photographing, documenting and observing the Salt River Wild Horses. For Becky, it is all about the horses. She signs her photographs using the name SAM. She appreciates its gender neutrality and its representation as an acronym for “Sunshine and Me” – Sunshine is the love of her life. Through her photography, Becky hopes to inspire hearts and minds by capturing the spirit of the Salt River Wild Horses in images that portray their magnificence and value to humanity.


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  1. Jill Newhagen

    Reads like a story book. Absolutely beautiful, all of it. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  2. magdalena gauderon

    beautiful, makes my heart sing!:)

  3. Casiana Fometescu

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures and article, and thanks God for this beautiful world!

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