Skyrim introduces seven wild horses players can find and tame to complete the Horse Whisperer quest using their Sneak level and Detect Life Spell.
In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, players can now find and tame wild horses. There are seven wild horses throughout the game that players can obtain. Before players attempt to find and tame a wild horse, players will want to ensure they have a decent Sneak level and the spell Detect Life. Players will need to use the spell to find the wild horses and the appropriate Sneak level in order to approach the horses without startling them.
To begin finding and taming wild horses, players should acquire the quest Horse Whisperer, available at any stable in the game. This quest will reward the player with the option to purchase the Map of Wild Horses for 250 gold and a book called Wild Horse Notes; both are useful for finding horses. Purchasing the items will complete the quest, and players will be given seven new objectives to find and tame the seven wild horses.
To find a wild horse, players should use the Map of Wild Horses, and when they are near the point marked on the map indicating the location of a horse, then use the Detect Life spell in Skyrim. Once players find a horse, they should sneak up on it. When players are close enough to the horse, they should mount it and hold on as the horse buckles and attempts to throw them off. Once the horse stops bucking, the player has successfully tamed it. Players will then be able to ride the horse to a stable to give it a name and equip it with a saddle.
The Seven Wild Horse Locations in Skyrim
The Black Horse is Northwest of Falkreath and South of the map indicator for Evergreen Grove. Of note, this horse is near a necromancer’s ritual site, and the necromancer may interfere with taming the horse if the player gets too close. The Chestnut Horse is along the road that leads to South Skybound Watch, which is East of Helgen. This horse is easy to spot just off the side of the road. In addition to the seven wild horses required to compete in the Horse Whisperer quest, there are other horses in Skryim, like the Daedric Horse.
Another wild horse, the Dapple Brown Horse, is found in the forest south of Solitude Sawmill. This location is home to a dragon, and players should deal with the dragon before taming the horse. Additionally, the Grey Spotted Horse can be seen to the North of Salvius Farm on the hill. Unfortunately, this hill has sabre cats that may attack the player and interfere with the taming process. Finally, the Pale Mare is a more straightforward horse to catch, found South of Yngol Barrow among the snowy trees.
The Red Horse is in the plains of Skyrim’s Whiterun Hold, just Northwest of Whiterun Stables. Again, this could be a good horse for players to try and tame first, as it is so near the stables. Finally, the White Spotted Horse is on a green cliff overlooking the volcanic tundra to the West of Stony Creek Cave. Of note, if the player gets off a horse before successfully riding it to a stable, the horse will run away, and players will need to begin the taming process again.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
The ability to tame Wild Horses is new to many Skyrim players, so it’s a good idea to learn how to tame them and where each new horse can be found.
Wild Horse taming is a feature in Skyrim that was only available as a Creation Club until its inclusion in Anniversary Edition and is regarded by many fans as one of the more immersive creations available.
When it comes to taming Wild Horses in Skyrim there are a few things to keep in mind: where each is located, what they look like, and the proper taming strategies. Once a wild horse is tamed, it will function just like any other horse and can even be renamed, saddled, or even given Horse Armor which is available as a separate Creation Club addon.
Updated December 17th, 2021 by Russ Boswell: Finding wild horses in Skyrim can be a blessing but players that don’t know how to adequately tame them may find themselves more frustrated than anything else. Taming horses in Skyrim can be incredibly useful and players will definitely want to have a horse around if they plan on walking the far reaches of the game’s extensive map. In order to give players more information on taming wild horses in Skyrim, the following list has been updated and now includes even more information pertaining to how wild horses in Skyrim behave and other bullet points about horses in general.
Types of Wild Horses in Skyrim
There are seven versions of Wild Horses in the Wild Horses creation, with an additional unique Unicorn available only through a specific questline. Some of these seven wild horses have a similar counterpart in the base Skyrim world, but each is of course found out in the wilderness rather than at a specific Stable. Each is labeled only as “Wild Horse” in-game, but nonetheless, each is distinct.
- Spotted Grey: Ashen grey body with a black mane. Found north of Salvius Farm in the hills above Markarth.
- Dappled Brown: Mix of Dark and Light brown with a light brown mane. Found south of Solitude near a Dragon Mound.
- Chestnut: Warm chestnut-brown body with a black mane. Found in the mountains east of Helgen.
- Red Horse: Sharp red body with a white mane. Found in Whiterun Hold just northeast of Whiterun itself.
- Spotted White: Dalmatian-like black and white spots with a dark mane. Found in Eastmarch Hold near Stony Creek Cave.
- Pale Mare: Off-white coat with a pure white mane. Found northeast of Windhelm near Yngol Barrow.
- Black Horse: Dark black coat with a medium-grey mane. Found northwest of Falkreath near Evergreen Grove.
- The Unicorn: Unique horse with a white body, blonde mane, and a horn on its head. The Creature of Legend quest starts by reading Soran’s Journal in the College of Winterhold’s Arcanaeum.
In-game, players are able to purchase horse maps from stablehands across Skyrim which help to pinpoint the location of each of these (although there isn’t one available for the Unicorn as it is tied to a quest instead). In Survival mode some of these locations are hard to get to, so be sure to prepare for a long and cold hike in the hills.
How To Tame Wild Horses
Taming wild horses in Skyrim is much simpler than it is in real life. While it can take months or even years to win over a horse’s obedience in real life, it takes mere minutes in Skyrim. Begin by locating a wild horse with either a purchased horse map or the text description of their locations in the horse taming book.
Then, when you’re ready, walk up to the wild horse and mount it. The wild horse will attempt to buck the player off at regular intervals, ragdolling them and causing health damage if the fall was long enough. It’s a good idea to take health-increasing potions beforehand to avoid any chance of dying from this. The horse will run away, forcing players to catch up and mount them again. After enough attempts, a notification will pop up indicating that the horse has been successfully tamed and can now be renamed, armored, or saddled as the player sees fit.
More Information On Taming And Riding Horses In Skyrim
Horses have seen some changes over the years as Skyrim has been through a series of patches and upgrades. There are a lot of things that players may not know about horses, how they operate, what they can do with them, or how and when they respawn. Here’s a look at some of the key bullet points that players should know about horses in Skyrim and what they’re capable of:
- Thanks to patch 1.16, players are able to engage in mounted combat from horseback, although it is somewhat limited in design. For one, players will no longer be able to block attacks via a secondary weapon as the buttons for combat on horseback pertain to what side of the horse a player will swing from. It’s possible to use a two-handed weapon in some situations and players can even use heavy attacks with some weapons. It’s also possible to use a ranged weapon but players will be locked in a third-person camera view, making it hard to be accurate from horseback.
- Players cannot use a shout while on horseback but they can use a shout before mounting, meaning shouts with prolonged effects will still be active once they hop onto horseback.
- Wild horses that are eliminated will respawn after 10 days worth of in-game time, whereas horses taken from stables will respawn one-to-two days after perishing.
- Unowned horses that are mounted in front of someone is considered a crime and will cause players to obtain a bounty. However, as long as the player is not seen mounting the horse, they won’t be given a bounty and are free to ride the horse around without consequence. They can even ride it past NPC in the immediate area without issue. Stolen horses will not “stay with the player” when they dismount them.
- It is possible for the Dragonborn to “borrow” a horse under certain conditions (such as the one at Katla’s Farm which becomes available after selling produce to Katla) but borrowed horses will not stay with the player when they dismount them and instead will wander off much like a stolen horse would.
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Seven Wild Horses (and a Unicorn) are tamable in Skyrim Anniversary Edition. Here’s where to find them all, including a map of locations.
Horses have always been a main feature of Skyrim, and have been in The Elder Scrolls franchise since Oblivion. While Oblivion‘s horses were nimble and weak, though, Skyrim‘s horses are slower and hardy. Until the release of Anniversary Edition, the only way to encounter horses in the wilds of Skyrim was by downloading a paid Creation Club addon.
Wild Horses are included with Anniversary Edition in a creation that lets players tame and collect a variety of mares across the nordic homeland. There are eight total new horses to find, including the rare Unicorn tied to its own unique questline. Finding them in the first place, though, can be easier said than done.
Skyrim Wild Horse Locations
- Black Horse: Near Falkreath, northwest of the city outside Evergreen Cove
- Chestnut: Near Helgen, in the mountains to the east of the village
- Dappled Brown: Near Solitude, to the south of the city near a Dragon Mound
- Pale Mare: Near Windhelm, northeast of the city outside Yngol Barrow
- Red Horse: Near Whiterun, in the fields north of the city
- Spotted Grey: Near Markarth, in the mountains north of Salvius Farm
- Spotted White: North of Riften in Eastmarch Hold, near Stony Creek Cave
When talking to a Stablemaster (or some general store owners) in any of Skyrim’s holds, players have the opportunity to purchase a Wild Horse map. This map shows the location of a nearby type of wild horse, though they don’t tell the player much about their specific locations.
All seven normal horses are found at locations highlighted by red X marks on the map of Skyrim above. The listing below the map describes the location of each horse in more detail – to find a specific horse, corroborate the described locations with the marked map. Keep in mind that it may take some searching to find them, which are always labeled “Wild Horse” in-game.
Where Is The Unicorn In Skyrim?
The Unicorn is also added with the Wild Horses creation included in Skyrim Anniversary Edition, though it can’t be found wandering out in the world like the other horses. It’s only available through the Creature of Legend quest, which begins by reading Soran’s Journal in the College of Winterhold’s Arcanaeum (it should be sitting on Urag’s desk).
After starting the quest, head to Lost Prospect Mine just northeast of Riften. The horse should spawn just west of Lost Prospect Mine, typically near a small pond. It is tamed the same way as any other horse, so be prepared to get bucked off a few times before it becomes your new mount.
Skyrim Anniversary Edition is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X|S
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The Salt River wild horses are the historic and majestic creatures roaming the lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. They are the pride of the community, a favorite subject of photographers and the icon of the wild, free spirit of Arizona and the American West.
These wild horses were brought into the limelight during our epic battle for their protection; the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group together with the public gave them a voice. We worked with congress and we worked toward positive solutions with Federal and State governments. It worked; while almost gone forever, today the Salt River wild horses are protected pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 3-1491 (aka the Salt River Horse Act). We are now under contract with the AZ Department of Agriculture (AZDA) to manage this herd humanely. This partnership between the federal government, the State Government and a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) is a one of its kind and our groundbreaking program is finding the balance between it all.
So close to being gone forever, the Salt River wild horses now roam peacefully along the banks of the lower Salt River, enjoyed by the thousands of visitors to the Tonto National Forest. Together, we changed the course of history, together we have the responsibility to manage them humanely as part of our national heritage.
Managing Wild Horses Humanely
We, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG), perform the scope of work under contract with the State, with excellence, integrity and humanity for all of the horses in the Salt River Herd.
Their management includes many different aspects, from administering humane birth control, to rescuing injured wild horses when needed. With our large volunteer force we monitor the horses daily, help them cross the roads when necessary and we are available for emergencies 24/7.
Components of successful wild horse management:
- A data collection program that monitors the health of the herd and keeps records of each individual in it.
- A fertility control program backed by the Science and Conservation Center to stabilize population growth.
- A rescue program for critically injured wild horses that would otherwise die a cruel death.
- An emergency response program, including a feed program because of the long lasting and severe drought. We have sustained the entire herd in good condition even during the worst of natural conditions.
- A habitat improvement program; cleanups and downed barbed wire removal plus any other safety hazards to wild horses.
- A road patrol program to keep horses off the roads and out of dangerous areas. (and close gates that people forget to close)
Our programs are 100% paid for by the public at no charge to the State of Federal government. Our programs enjoy broad public support, because it keeps these cherished horses where they belong, on the range. Our non profit organization is a public asset, and the Salt River wild horses are an economic boon for the State of Arizona and a historic treasure that we carry into the future.
What is Humane Birth Control and Why is it Important?
We use PZP (Porcine Zona Pelucida) immuno-contraception to stabilize population growth. It is darted in the field by our certified volunteers, without capturing wild horses. PZP is the only acceptable form of birth control for wild horses, as it does not harm nor influence their hormones and therefore does not harm or influence their reproductive behaviors and herd dynamics.
Any other form of birth control, such as geldings or overie-ectomies, are cruel, expensive, and will influence their hormones, which is why we do not support those forms of birth control for wild horses.
Birth control is important, because the herd is fenced in by civilization on all sides and their resources are limited; therefore they cannot grow exponentially. The goal of this program is for each horse born in the wild, to be able to live out its life in the wild.
PLEASE Join us in this historic movement to ensure that these beautiful wild horses remain wild and free and managed humanely.
Giving Care and Sanctuary:
We operate a sanctuary for the wild horses we rescue. While wild horses are very good at healing and at taking care of themselves in the wild, nature can be very cruel sometimes. When there is unnecessary suffering and we can do something about it, we will. Most of the time, the rescues are necessary due to human influences, such as barbed wire, cattle guards, traffic or accidental human interference. Once we rescue a suffering wild horse we are committed to providing that horse sanctuary and a quality life. But we cannot do this without you. Please consider becoming a sponsor for one of our wonderful rescued Salt River wild horses.
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BDO Horse locations are special areas where wild horses spawn. Ususally each spawn location has more than one horse that spawns in the area.
After a horse is tamed, the respawn time is about 2 hours.
If you are capturing horses only to gain Training levels, then you are better off using a horse location that isn’t popular.
Popular horse locations are frequently empty.
BDO Horse Locations (Most Popular)
The 3 most popular horse locations are located in Drieghan. This is due to the fact that you will only find Tier 4 and 5 horses there.
A tier 5 gives the same amount of Training EXP as a tier 1, but tier 5 horses are worth more silver and are easier to breed into Tier 6 horses.
- closest Stable Keeper is located in Duvencrune for all horse locations
- most popular and more likely to be empty of horses
- location may not be convenient for the character you use to tame wild horses
Horse Locations Outside Drieghan
Two other taming rotations are recommended to new trainers, because they have many spawn points near a Stable Keeper. But there are other good horse locations to choose from.
The Port Epheria horse location has 6 spawn points, which are close to the
The other recommended horse location has 9 spawn points SE of Glish, near Serendia Shrine. Nearby Stable Keepers are located at Southern Guard Camp and Glish. (Southern Serendia territory)
Easiest Horse Locations
I can’t make a horse location guide without including the Heidel spawn points! These have to be the easiest locations and are victim to Alt Tamers, so may be empty when you check.
Horse Locations with High Density
There are many horse locations all around Trent. (SW Calpheon territory) Some are a bit far from the Stable Keeper in Trent though!
Kusha (Northern Mediah) is another horse location that has many spawn points. Nearest Stable Keeper is in Kusha, which might be too far if you’re in a rush.
All BDO Horse Locations
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In September 2021, the Bureau of Land Management cruelly rounded up and removed 479 wild horses from the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area in northwestern Colorado. Now, many thousands of the exploited sheep of private ranchers are in the Basin that is established by law for the “principal use” of the wild horses. The BLM’s mismanagement of our public lands is a travesty for America’s wild horses, the ecological health of our public lands, and the American taxpayer.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s initial excuse for the “emergency” roundup was that the area was under severe drought and could not support the estimated 800+ wild horses in the Herd Management Area (HMA). When advocates cried foul over this emergency designation because there had been over a month of monsoonal rains filling the ponds and growing new forage, the BLM had to change its story. Its latest “emergency” excuse was that there would not be enough forage to sustain the horses through the winter.
The wild horses of Sand Wash Basin are hardy, resourceful, and tough. They have survived winters in the Basin for centuries. There was no “emergency” other than the one fabricated by the BLM.
After the roundup, the BLM authorized ranchers to release vast numbers of sheep to graze through the Basin. The below video shows thousands on the east side of the Basin. The next day the photographer, Nadja Rider, found thousands more in the center of the wild horse HMA.
Rider, who has photographed and documented the wild horses in Sand Wash Basin for many years, regarding the sheep reports, “They very likely are simply moving through, headed for Wyoming, but they move very slowly, so most likely will be at least a week if not two or more before they make it to the northern end of the basin.”
Common sense would indicate that if there was “not enough forage” to sustain the 479 wild horses it removed, that the BLM would have placed a moratorium on the sheep being brought in by greedy sheep ranchers. Many thousands of exploited sheep, who will end their lives at slaughterhouses, should not be dumped into the area where their grazing method will crop the grass down to the very dirt, mostly destroying it. However, the BLM does not utilize common sense. It, and the politicians hiding behind it and dependent on campaign contributions, turn a blind eye, only caring to pander to ranching interests. Now, more forage in the HMA is being eradicated and will be unavailable for the few remaining wild horses that the land lawfully set aside for their use.
You can support wild horses by pushing the BLM to maintain wild horse habitat for wild horses, not for private ranchers. Find out more about how to help by visiting our Wild Horses campaign.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an enormous open-world game on the Nintendo Switch and Wii U. This guide and walkthrough will show you everything you need to know from the locations and solutions for every shrine to Captured Memories, the best meal in the game, The Master Trials DLC and more.
The best mount in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn’t a horse — it’s a strange and noble creature known as Satori or the Lord of the Mountain. This mount is not too hard to find, but it spawns rarely and (seemingly) randomly. And it’s very difficult to tame. It’s one of the fastest mounts in the game with the highest (infinite) stamina, though, so it’s worth the effort.
There’s no side quest involved in finding the Lord of the Mountain, but there is an NPC named Botrick that will point you in the right direction. You can find him wandering the road somewhere around Outskirt Stable (near Rota Ooh shrine).
He’ll tell you about a nearby location called Satori Mountain. The nearest shrine is to your destination is Mogg Latan. It’s a good idea to go unlock (at least) the fast travel location as soon as you can to save yourself some travel later.
When to look for the Lord of the Mountain
When the Lord of the Mountain spawns is either random or relies on Breath of the Wild’s particular brand of inscrutable logic — like the Blood Moon or shooting stars. But there’s a very obvious sign that it’s time to go look for it.
A prominent green glow will appear on top of Satori Mountain when the Lord of the Mountain is present. You can see it from a long way off, but you’ve got a very clear line of sight from the Central Tower looking west.
Satori often appears at night (but not always) — although it might just be that the glow is more obvious and easier to notice at night. As Botrick mentioned, the Lord of the Mountain is shy, so it won’t appear if you’re nearby — this makes Outskirt Stable and Central Tower good places to watch and wait.
But that doesn’t mean you should stand around and wait for it to appear. The Lord of the Mountain seems to spawn randomly. You might wait for just a few in-game days, or, if you’re as unlucky as we were, you might wait for several in-game weeks. The best approach is to drop a pin on the map so you can easily find Satori Mountain, then wander off to do something else. Check the mountain periodically at night while you do other things. That green glow is hard to miss.
What you need to tame the Lord of the Mountain
You tame Satori just like you tame any other mount in the game — you sneak up on it, then sooth it until it stops trying to buck you off. The Lord of the Mountain, though, is extra skittish and grumpy.
You’re going to want your best stealth armor — the stealth set is an obvious and good choice here. But it’s also cold at night on the mountain, so you’re going to have to balance stealth versus warmth. Our recommendation is to wear the stealth set and drink a warming elixir (or eat a warming meal) — something like a spicy elixir or a spicy meal. If you’d prefer, you could wear warm clothes and drink a stealth elixir, but it’s really up to you and your style.
You’re also going to need a lot of stamina to calm the Lord of the Mountain down enough to ride it. You’ll need well over two full wheels of stamina in our experience. You can max out your stamina by trading in spirit orbs at Goddess statues or you can eat or drink stamina-increasing food. Just make sure you have plenty, because you only have a few shots at capturing Satori.
How to tame the Lord of the Mountain
Now that you’re prepared and the mountain is glowing green, it’s time to meet the Lord of the Mountain. Head to Mogg Latan shrine, then head to the west. Look for a path and tunnel through the mountain to the north. You’ll find an area with a cherry tree and small pond. When Satori is present, the clearing will be full of blupees.
All that’s left is to sneak up on the Lord of the Mountain and tame it. If you run out of stamina and get bucked off, head back up the hill toward the rocks. The Lord of the Mountain will reappear before too long, and you’ll get another shot at it.
As a mount, it is one of the fastest animals you can ride. And it has infinite stamina, so you can get anywhere you want to go in a hurry. The problem is, you can’t register it at a stable and it’ll disappear if you dismount for too long.
Wild Horses are horses which can be encountered in the wild. They will flee if approached, although they will attack nearby hostiles if necessary. A wild horse can be tamed by continuing to mount it until it breaks.
Once tamed, the horse becomes an owned mount. If you switch to a different mount, it will slowly make its way back to the location you originally found it.
- Horse WhispererCC : Purchase a map that lets you find wild horses.
- There are seven wild horses in total. The Unicorn acts almost identically to other wild horses but is documented elsewhere.
- Although each wild horse is identified in your quest journal with a unique name, each creature on this list is simply named “Wild Horse”. The descriptive names are used here for categorization purposes only.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 82A )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||South of Evergreen Grove|
|RefID||FE xxx 82A||BaseID||FE xxx 80D|
This Wild Horse has a black splotchy coat. It can be found northwest of Falkreath, just south of the map marker for Evergreen Grove.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 829 )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||Southeast of South Skybound Watch|
|RefID||FE xxx 829||BaseID||FE xxx D61|
This Wild Horse has a chestnut coat and a dark mane. It can be found east of Helgen, along the path leading to South Skybound Watch.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 82E )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||South of Solitude Sawmill|
|RefID||FE xxx 82E||BaseID||FE xxx 821|
This Wild Horse has a pale dappled brown coloration. It can be found in the forest south of Solitude Sawmill, across the river but before you reach the dragon mound.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 82B )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||North of Salvius Farm|
|RefID||FE xxx 82B||BaseID||FE xxx 80E|
This Wild Horse has a grey spotted coat. It can be found up the hill to the north of Salvius Farm.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 82D )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||East of Yngol Barrow|
|RefID||FE xxx 82D||BaseID||FE xxx 80F|
This Wild Horse has a pale white coat. It can be found among a group of snowy pines just south of Yngol Barrow.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx 82C )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||Northwest of Whiterun Stables|
|RefID||FE xxx 82C||BaseID||FE xxx 810|
This Wild Horse has a red and white coat with a white mane. It can be found on the plains of Whiterun Hold, northwest of Whiterun Stables.
|Wild Horse (RefID: FE xxx D79 )|
|Added by||Wild Horses|
|Location||West of Stony Creek Cave|
|RefID||FE xxx D79||BaseID||FE xxx 811|
This Wild Horse has a white coat spotted with black dots. It can be found directly west of Stony Creek Cave, west of the road, on a green cliff overlooking the volcanic tundra below.
Growing up in Virginia, I remember reading the book Misty of Chincoteague about the wild horses of Assateague Island. I still haven’t gotten around to attending the annual Chincoteague Island swim, an item on my bucket list. I remembered Misty when I was sent a screening link for The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses, a new documentary from Virgil Entertainment and Steven Latham Productions.
The documentary focuses on the 80,000 mustangs, or wild horses, residing on federal lands in 10 western states here in the U.S. It premiered in theaters last month and will be available on VOD platforms beginning November 23. The film introduces viewers to the history of the wild horses, shares unique personal stories of amazing people interested in their future, and sends a reminder of why they need our protection.
Mustangs is executive produced by Robert Redford, Patti Scialfa Springsteen, and Jessica Springsteen, a USA Olympic Equestrian Silver Medalist. There’s music by Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and even a Diane Warren-penned track by Blanco Brown. The documentary is co-directed by Steven Latham and Conrad Stanley.
I had an opportunity to ask Latham, who also served as producer, more about the project. Latham is the President of Steven Latham Productions and an award-winning filmmaker. You may have seen his previous documentaries, including The Living Century, The Last Editor, and the Shelter Me series.
At the onset of our conversation, I was surprised to hear that Latham’s family owned a wild horse. Making a documentary about mustangs became an idea much later in life, when he was working on his Shelter Me series for PBS. “My family adopted a wild horse from Chincoteague, Virginia, so I grew up with one! We brought the horse from Virginia back to Massachusetts,” he said.
Prior to starting his own production company, Latham’s did time in affiliate relations at Universal Worldwide Television and then at PolyGram Television. His career also took him to working in publicity with Paramount Pictures before serving as an executive with Ketchum Communications and Grey Advertising. These experiences set him up well for developing excellent writing, pitching, and communication skills to use with talent, other creators, and financial representatives. These comprise part of the backbone of what he loves doing now as a producer-director: “true independent production from idea to distribution.”
With many programs under his belt about the animal-human bond, I asked Latham what’s important when it comes to filming animals, an activity he truly loves. Across his film portfolio, he’s told me, he’s covered stories about dogs trained in search and rescue, dogs aiding in conservation efforts in Zambia, and cats helping Alzheimer’s patients.
For Latham, the keys are passion, respect, and patience. The crew doesn’t use wranglers and handlers for animals that are uncooperative. “We never set up shots or say we’ve got to get this or that. I love showing what animals are doing or capable of. Whether you’re holding a neonatal kitten or standing near a thousand-pound horse, I personally bring a lot of joy into doing this. That element of joy really comes out,” he explained about his documentaries.
Latham also added, “If an animal is anxious, we back up. If we have drones, we make sure it’s not intrusive and flies a certain altitude. You need to go in and not be Hollywood.”
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He enjoys making documentaries because of the opportunity to educate people, letting audiences have experiences and adventures they wouldn’t otherwise have had. That’s instrumental for exploring a little known topic like wild horses. “I like to say that we stamp people’s passports as they go to all these places in America. There’s a commitment of us as filmmakers to go to these places, which are really hard to get to.”
Mustangs was a project that took three years to make. The crew, co-director Conrad Stanley, and Latham took their time with interview subjects to spotlight their stories. They spent five days with trainers for a horse competition, 10 hours with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Philipps, and two days with the darting gun team in San Wash Basin, Colorado, to list a few examples.
Since the documentary includes a segment about veterans, I asked Latham about how he approaches interviews on sensitive topics. He prefers to go into his interviews without any restrictions. There’s prep work involved ahead of time and on-site to build trust and rapport with veterans. “A big part of it is when you arrive, you don’t just pop out the cameras and start filming,” he cautioned.
We’re talking about war and what they’ve done and seen. When they realize their story can help other veterans, they’re like, okay. It’s absolutely sincere that I want to hear their stories. I also want others to know what services are available. It’s important for them to tell their stories.
Latham has collaborated for years with Stanley, who is also the editor of Mustangs. They worked closely on the research and shoots, breaking up with different crews to capture footage. “All of it together is having a vision of what the story is, how it fits in, and thinking of the end product. It’s a true co-director partnership,” he elaborated.
From his experience researching and making Mustangs, Latham came away with a lot to think about. “I truly want people to have a deeper appreciation for our natural world, the animals, and our land. I want to remind people these are our horses and this is our land,” he said.
Unfortunately, wild horses received “disgraceful” treatment in America these last 100 years. He said,
I have enormous respect for the mustang. They are tough and majestic! You could make the case that they should be the animal representing this country, versus the bald eagle. The one thing we do with a lot of things we say we cherish or revere is that we don’t necessarily do what’s needed to protect them.
Latham reflected on the work that we need to undertake, adding, “If we don’t change it, this will be an American tragedy, to be honest with you. I always like to have hope in my films, because change should come from inspiration rather than desperation.”
MESA – The banks of the Salt River are home to about 440 wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, and they depend on the river for food and water. And advocates again are worried the Salt River Project is jeopardizing that food source by reducing releases from Saguaro Lake.
Simone Netherlands, president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a nonprofit dedicated to managing and protecting the horses, has been working for two decades to keep the Salt River a safe and stable home for them.
And protecting the horses that live in the Lower Salt River also means protecting their food supply, specifically river eelgrass.
“It just really breaks our heart when we see them lose this resource that they really need for their survival,” Netherlands said.
Nature isn’t the only thing in charge of the Salt River, which runs roughly 200 miles in Gila and Maricopa counties before joining the Gila River southwest of Phoenix. The Salt River Project, a power and water utility formed in 1903, controls river levels by releasing water from Stewart Mountain Dam into the Salt. For the past three years, the horse group has been battling SRP over low releases.
The difference between water levels in summer and winter months is extreme – going from 800 to 1,500 cubic feet per second during summer months to sometimes less than 8 cfs in the winter. The low water means the eelgrass the horses depend on will die out.
Tim Skarupa, the surface water lead for SRP, said the utility is simply responding to long term drought and seasonal demands for water and power.
“From SRP’s perspective, this drought began in the summer of 1995,” Skarupa said. “And because of the way we operate and have been operating throughout our history, we have been able to mitigate this drought even though we have experienced some of the driest winter seasons on record.”
David Stallings, a volunteer for the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, said the organization has asked SRP to release no less than 100 cfs in winter to protect the eelgrass.
Netherlands understands water releases can’t be the same year-round, but recent flows have been disastrous, she said.
“We are not asking to keep it at 800 to 900 cubic feet per second because that would be unreasonable and cost them a lot of money, and they have too many customers and stakeholders,” she said. “But 100 cfs is about 10% of what they keep it at in the summer, and at 100 cfs we could keep most of the eelgrass alive.”
Skarupa said the request isn’t as simple as it sounds.
“The request to increase those fall releases from 8 cfs to 100 cfs from Stewart Mountain Dam actually puts about 9 billion gallons of water at risk every year that operation is continued,” said Skarupa, noting that saving water every year is crucial because of the megadrought.
A wild horse eats eelgrass from the Salt River northeast of Mesa. (Photo by Megan Newsham/Cronkite News)
However, the wild horse group believes keeping the river levels higher helps the entire ecosystem – including tadpoles, salamanders, frogs, rare reptiles and fish – not just the horses.
“So we could preserve that life and the eelgrass for the entire ecosystem,” Netherlands said.
The management group and SRP were unable to agree, and water releases already are being lowered for the coming winter.
This means the group will have to begin its supplemental feed program, which provides bales of hay divided among four feeding stations along the Salt. The annual cost is about $100,000.
“When the eelgrass dies, it literally translates into more cost for us,” Netherlands said. “And the horses then have to depend on public donation instead of being able to make it on their own the way you want wild horses to.”
In 2015, Netherlands’ group fought the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to remove the animals from the Salt River, where feral horses have lived since at least the late 1800s. A 1927 newspaper article estimated that half a million wild horses roamed Arizona at the time. According to the Bureau of Land Management, there now are fewer than 500 wild horses left in the state.
Megan Newsham expects to graduate in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a certificate in civil communications. Newsham, who has interned for RightThisMinute in Phoenix, is working the Phoenix News Bureau.
Some of America’s last truly wild horses live on our western public lands. They live in deeply bonded family bands within a complex society of intricate realtionships. And they are in danger of being ‘managed’ into extinction.
The Cloud Foundation is a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit organization that grew out of founder Ginger Kathrens’ knowledge and fear for wild horses in the West.
“I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses. They are rounded up by the thousand, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family.”
She realized that even the iconic stallion Cloud and his family, made famous through her own Nature series documentaries, were in danger.
We could lose these herds forever, unless we’re willing to stand up for them now.
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For the Horseman 10 Challenge in Red Dead Redemption 2 you must find all Wild Horse Breed Locations and break the horses by catching and riding them. There are 9 Wild Horse Breeds in RDR2 that are required for this challenge, the below guide shows their locations (and some additional ones which are not needed for the challenge).
To break a wild horse you must approach it slowly while aiming at it with / and pressing / to calm the horse (when you’re close enough to it, this prompt will show up in the bottom right of screen). Keep approaching slowly, always calm the horse when the prompt shows up until you’re so close that you can mount it. The wild horse will try to throw you off but you must stay on it to “break” it. To do this, hold and move in the opposite direction of the horse’s movement to stay balanced.
The easiest way to spot the horses is with your binoculars (can be selected from item wheel). Look for horses through the binoculars from a distance. When you see one, hold / to study it, thus revealing what type of horse it is. Then you know if it’s the one you need. They all look very similar and even within a breed they can have totally different colors so it’s hard to tell if you don’t study the horses.
The Arabian is not required to complete the challenge, only the horses listed below are needed. They only count after having done the first 9 Horse Challenges.
Note: the below locations are just the most likely spawn points where the horses are confirmed to spawn for sure. They can spawn within a certain radius, see the red circles. However, just like any other animal, their spawns are random so they might not show up on every visit. If there’s no horse for you in the red circle: save the game, exit, reload. This refreshes the animals in the area. The breeds that can possibly spawn often overlap (there are usually at least 2 breeds spawning in the same area). These are not the only spawn zones in the game, wild horses can show up in lots of other places, but the below locations are the best to find the specific breeds.
Wild American Standardbred
In the very north of West Elizabeth region, at Little Creek River. The Wild Morgan can also spawn here.
Spawns in the exact same area as the Wild American Standardbred.
In New Hanover Region, in the “Heartlands” sub-region. Wild Tennessee Walker can spawn nearby.
Wild Tennessee Walker
In New Hanover Region, in the “Heartlands” sub-region. Wild Mustang can also spawn here.
In Ambarino Region, just south of Wapiti Indian Reservation and near Donner Falls.
Wild Hungarian Halfbred
In the area around Blackwater you can find the Hungarian Halfbred, one of the rarer breeds in the game.
Wild Kentucky Saddler
In the area south-west of Blackwater.
In New Austin region, south of Armadillo. The same area has a high chance to spawn the Morgan breed.
Wild American Paint
The last breed can be found in New Austin region, south of Tumbleweed.
Bonus: Arabian Breed
The Arabian isn’t needed for the completion of the challenge but it’s actually the best wild horse in the game. It’s a unique horse (can also be bought randomly from stables in Blackwater, but it’s not always available there).
Bonus: Unique Tiger-Striped Mustang
This unique Mustang can only be tamed after reaching the epilogue. It’s a one-of-a-kind horse like the Arabian. It’s found in the south of New Austin region, at Rio Del Lobo Rock.
That’s all Wild Horse Breeds needed to complete the Horseman 10 Challenge in RDR2. For other challenges, check out the Red Dead Redemption 2 Challenges Guide.
Horses and Horse-Like Creatures from Different Cultures
Kathy Blocksdorf is an equine expert and writer with over three decades of experience in training and riding horses. She was raised caring for horses, rehabilitated rescue horses, shows her own horses, and rides long distance.
Long before little girls clamored for their parents to buy a pony for Christmas, horses had a long history of being a beloved creature by humans—so much so that they’re embedded in myths, legends, and historical accounts. In some of the stories, however, the central animal isn’t a horse but more of a horse-like creature. Some of the most famous individual horse or horse-like animals include Pegasus and Bucephalus, while groups of horse-like animal animals noted in history include hippogriffs, kelpies, and unicorns.
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One of the most well-known mythological creatures, Pegasus stars in stories of the Greek gods as an immortal horse with wings and has been memorialized in the stars as a constellation.
In mythology, the pure-white Pegasus is said to have sprung from the neck of Medusa upon her death. First tamed by Bellerophon, a Greek mortal hero, with the help of the Goddess Athena, Pegasus was eventually stabled by Zeus after Bellerophon attempted to ride toward Mount Olympus on his winged horse but was thrown to his death. From then on, Pegasus headed Zeus’ thunderbolt chariot. As the legend goes, Pegasus supposedly created the spring Hippocrene on Mount Helicon with its hoof struck a rock.
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Perhaps one of the most famous horses that truly existed, Bucephalus belonged to Alexander the Great in ancient Greece. The horse’s coat was black and was described as having a large white star on his forehead. It was around 344 BCE when a preteen Alexander wagered his father for the horse, claiming he could tame the wild creature. To win, Alexander turned Bucephalus away from the sun, as he had realized that the horse was simply afraid of his own shadow.
Bucephalus likely died of old age, though some historians say he was felled by battle wounds. The city Bucephala was founded by Alexander and named after his long-loved equine.
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Two types of unicorns exist in legend: one from Europe and one from Asia. In modern pop culture, the European unicorn looks just like a pure white horse with a long, slender and spiraled horn on its head, but it was originally more in line with the look of a goat with a short, colorful horn. Reportedly, its horn is pure magic and able to save someone who’s been poisoned, but the creature is a rare sight and nearly impossible to capture.
In Asian mythology, a unicorn looks like a horse and more like a deer with reptilian-like scales covering its body. However, it still had that single horn protruding from its forehead. The last person to ever see an Asian unicorn, according to legend, was the Chinese philosopher Confuscious, but its rare appearance would signal a wise and just ruler.
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In the lore of Scotland, you’ll find the shape-shifting water spirit, the kelpie, that most commonly appears in the form of a horse. The most common kelpie story is set in Loch Ness, but kelpie stories surround nearly every large body of water in Scotland. Its first recorded appearance was around 1759 in William Collins’ manuscript of an ode.
Kelpies aren’t necessarily nice creatures, depending on the story you hear, as they have been associated with human sacrifices. However, other accounts give the kelpie credit for keeping kids away from dangerous bodies of water.
Kelpies can reportedly transform themselves into creatures other than horses, including male humans. When that occurs, the human typically retains horse hooves, providing a link between the kelpie and the devil.
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The hippogriff, a creature that’s an eagle in the front and a horse in the back, made its first recorded appearance in the 16th century in Ludovico Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso,” but back in the Greek times, the hippogriff represented the god Apollo. Later, it was described in Thomas Bulfinch’s “Legends of Charlemagne” as having the head of an eagle, clawed talons, feathered wings, and the body of a horse. The animal is incredibly fast but is, potentially, an evil spirit.
Today, though, the hippogriff is likely more recognizable from J.K. Rowling’s uber-popular “Harry Potter” series in the character “Buckbeak.”
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In Norse mythology, Odin rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir, first accounted for in the 13th century. The steed is referred to as “the best of all horses” and described as gray colored.
Icelandic folklore claims that Asbyrgi, a horse-shaped canyon in the northern part of the country, was created by Sleipnir’s hoof. Folks can see a statue of the horse in Wednesbury, England.
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The American legend of Pecos Bill is an amalgam of many tall tales that had their beginnings around campfires of the old west. Pecos Bill owned a horse named Lightning, but was often referred to as “Widow-Maker.” The horse was so named because he could be ridden by no one else but Pecos Bill himself and he disliked Bill’s bride that he bucked her off, resulting in the end of the couple’s relationship. Widow-Maker adored eating dynamite, but Pecos Bill sometimes rode a mountain lion rather than Lightning as a point of his toughness.