When we moved to Ecuador I didn’t really think about seeing wild horses.
I thought I might see other wild animals like monkeys, but wild horses didn’t even enter my mind.
So when we saw them it was almost like seeing some strange animal I had never seen before. Not because I hadn’t seen horses, but because I had never seen wild horses.
Wild Horses in Ecuador
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But wild horses are a different story. There is something even more special about them. Seeing these beautiful animals running free made me very happy.
We’ve seen them three times – in two different areas in southern Ecuador. We’ve read about wild horses on the coast and in the northern sierra as well.
The first time we saw them was in a dry desert-like area in the Yunguilla Valley. We’ve heard it called the Jubones Desert, although we aren’t sure of its actual name. They were walking along the top of a mountain ridge and we stopped in amazement, staring and taking pictures.
The second time was in a field above (at a higher elevation) the Jubones Desert. They crossed the road in front of us. This is the same herd as the first time we saw them.
The third time was in an area just below the Cajas National Park. It looked like the horses were so tired from walking that they didn’t have much energy left in them.
They were walking along the side of the road and didn’t make much of an effort to get our of our way. They walked in front of the car for a couple of minutes and then moved off into a field alongside the road. They looked rough but beautiful.
Variety In The Wild Horses
I was used to seeing horses behind a fence, usually of the same kind and well taken care of. The wild horses looked different.
Some of them had shaggy fur, different markings and body shapes. Some were one solid color and others had patches, some had short faces and others had longer faces. We noticed that at least one of them had feet with the hoofs growing long and kind of curled.
The ones with shorter faces looked more like the kind of horses people use here for work and riding on mountain trails. The ones we saw near the Cajas where it’s colder had shaggier fur, whereas the ones in the warmer areas had shorter fur.
We love seeing the wild horses and the amazing landscape here in Ecuador. When we arrived in 2009, we didn’t think we would get a car but I’m so glad we did. Going on long drives with our friends is when we see some of the most amazing things.
What amazing things have you seen while traveling in Ecuador, or other countries? Please share your experiences by commenting on this post.