Horses are among the most affectionate and protective animals, especially when one of their own lives is threatened. These magnificent creatures are always willing to put their lives on the line in order to find their families. Horses are fearless when it comes to protecting those they care about, whether they live on a farm or in the wilderness.
When a young and inexperienced foal struggled to cross a river, it was a wild stallion who stepped up and saved the day. The dramatic scene occurred at Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and thankfully, one of the rangers witnessed it and captured it on camera.
Once home to thousands of wild horses, Arizona’s largest national forest now only houses a few families of mustangs. So when Park Service volunteer Becky Standridge noticed a group eating on the Salt River’s banks, he recognized them right away. It was the well-known Champ, a dominant stallion with a large family.
It was such a peaceful sunny afternoon when the tranquillity was abruptly broken by some noisy neighs coming from the other side of the river. Horses are relatively peaceful animals, despite their territorial nature (excepting the mating season). So, despite the fact that the two groups of horses initially ignored each other, the brave Champ decided to cross the river and investigate.
Only the fast and strong currents proved too much for an inexperienced foal. Within seconds, the little one was swallowed by the swift river, and it appeared she was doomed. Fortunately, the powerful Champ was on hand to save the day.
When the massive stallion noticed the young horse was struggling to keep her head above water, he approached her and guided her in the right direction. He took the distressed foal under his wing and protected her until she reached the safety waters and, eventually, the banks on the other side of the river.
A series of heartwarming photos captured the dramatic scene! Take a look: