Editor’s note: This is another installment in a multi-part series on exploring the Pony Express Trail through Tooele County.
While about 15 miles north of Simpson Springs last week, I came across a small group of wild Mustangs in the flat. There was a stallion, a few mares and a young horse in the group.
The stallion was a thickly built “skewbald” with splotches of white and brown with white socks to the knees. He had a thick blonde mane and full-bodied blonde tail that sharply contrasted with his unusual color pattern that made him stunning. The mares were bays, so too was the young horse, who also had a white splotch on his forehead.
I drove by this little group of horses several times during the week as they moved around on the range. Every time I passed them, the stallion would shake his head, wave his mane and posture aggressively.
On the last day I was out there, and as I passed the horses, the sun was setting behind Granite Mountain, basking the desert in golden light. I stopped my truck, got out and talked to the horses, asking them why they chose this spot to hang out . The young horse was skittish but then inquisitive, not quite sure what to make of me. The stallion stood there and looked at me, curious, not aggressive and seemingly listening to everything I said. I wondered if they were descendants of stock used by the Pony Express.
We are fortunate to have the opportunity to escape into such a blank space on the map and experience things, such as my encounter with the wild horses. Something about being off the grid under the big sky is so appealing and refreshing…
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