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Muddy wild horses look like Greek statues in stunning photos


This is some serious horsing around.

A pair of mud-drenched wild mustangs were captured in a glorious set of photos engaged in a wrestling match in the western desert of Utah.

The captivating images were taken by 46-year-old nature photographer Jami Bollschweiler, who waited for the animal fight to break out back in May as the two horses tore away from their herd.

“People seemed to really love this image,” Bollschweiler told the Caters News Agency of one of the photos, which shows the horses coming to blows.

“This one tends to stand out from the rest of my wild mustang fighting images because of the mud they rolled in and the uncanny effect of it making them look like Greek statues,” he said.

The shutterbug said that he’s “always carefully looking for signs of a good shot.”

“This includes waiting for hours and making sure you are always aware of the light, the animal’s behavior, and background composition,” said Bollschweiler.

Bollschweiler noted that the “hardest part” of shooting wild horses is that fact that there’s typically a band of other horses around or in the photograph.

“The wild mustangs fight for dominance and they start testing their skills from a young age,” the photographer said during the interview.

“There are typically telltale signs that a dominance interaction will take place but sometimes things happen unexpectedly,” he added.

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