This photo was taken in the South Steens Horse Management Area. We try to make the trip across Oregon a couple of times each year to photograph the mustangs and enjoy the beauty of the wilderness.
This photo was taken in September 2023, when we came across a band of a dozen or so bachelor stallions. Bachelors are typically young stallions who have been kicked out of their birth-bred because of their threat to the dominant stallion. They tend to hang out together in a band ... like a gang of teenagers. They have companionship in the band and practice their sparring skills until they can get their own herd.
This image is of two bachelor stallions sparring. It can look pretty rough at times, but typically, it's over quickly, without any serious injury to either horse.