Learning To Swim
The Salt River wild horses spend a great deal of time in the river. This mare is teaching her colt ways of the river and the best way to navigate the water. This painting was referenced with permission by Gary Odell an photographer who spends a great deal of time with theses horses. This particular image was a favorite of mine.
The Salt River wild horses historic records indicate that in 1687 Missionary Father Eusebio Keno journeyed to Southern Arizona (then Sonora) Due to his efforts, missions and stockyards were developed, he reportedly left hundreds of horses and cattle at each mission.
His many expeditions on horseback covered over 50,000 square miles. He had 6 succesful missions in Arizona including in Phoenix. Father Kino remained in southern Arizona until his death in 1711.
Visit the Salt River Management Group for more infomation about these horses.