The horse is an indelible part of our country’s heritage. Ask Americans what horses represent and they might offer up words like, “Freedom” and “Strength.” Still others might say “Beauty” or “Grace.” Artists, writers, photographers, poets and filmmakers have evoked the image of the horse time and again to describe the Great American Spirit. And yet, despite the horse’s integration to the iconography of our lives, many people do not realize that wild horses still roam free in the American West. But there are a few women who do.
Armed with their cameras, these women have ventured into the Great Basin, one of the few remaining untamed areas of the United States to find the free-roaming wild horse. What they found and the images they captured changed their lives.
Through the lenses of these photographers, we learn about the majesty and beauty of horses. We discover how they live in harsh, untamed territories that test the limits of mankind. But they also show us how wild horses are caught in the middle of a fierce land battle. As the ranching industry demands more land for cattle and oil producers plot to extend massive pipelines across the country, the lives of horses hang in the balance. For the wild horse, the Great Basin has literally become a war zone. And, these women are there in the trenches.
Their journeys have been transformative. Strength, beauty, grace, freedom and courage – they discovered all this and more, not just among wilds horse but within themselves as well.