Horses are among the most loving and protective of animals, especially when it comes to your own life. These majestic creatures are always willing to risk their lives to search for their families. Whether they live on a farm or in the wild, horses are brave when it comes to protecting their loved ones. It was about a wild stallion that appeared and saved the day when an inexperienced young foal had to cross a river. The dramatic moment unfolded in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest and luckily one of the rangers was watching the scene and even captured it on camera.
Once roamed by thousands of wild horses, Arizona’s largest national forest is now home to few Mustang families. When volunteer valet Becky Standridge saw a group eating on the banks of the Salt River, she recognized them immediately. He was the famous champion, a dominant stallion, with his large family. It was such a calm and sunny afternoon when the peaceful atmosphere was suddenly broken by the loud neighing from the other side of the river. Although they are quite territorial animals, horses are quite peaceful (except during mating season).
Although the two groups of horses initially ignored each other, the brave champion eventually decided to cross the river and do some research. Only the strong current turned out to be too fast and too strong for an inexperienced colt. In a matter of seconds, the little girl was swallowed by the raging river and it seems that she was facing a certain destiny. Fortunately, the strong champion was there to save the day.
When she realized that the young horse was really having trouble keeping its head above the water, the huge stallion approached her and guided her in the right direction. Like a protective father, she took the distressed foal under her wing and protected him until he reached the safe waters and finally the shore on the other side of the river.
The dramatic scene was captured in a series of poignant photos!