Wild horses generally run in groups / families / herds. The families stay together in herds, unless there is a challenge by another stallion, who will try to steal mares, to make his own family group or herd.
Groups vary in size, and can be as small as 1 stallion, with 1 mare and possibly a foal, or it may be several mares, foals, and young horses with a stallion leading them. Sometimes you will see a single older stallion that stays to himself, due to age or injuries.
Foals may nurse their mothers up to about 6 months old. Usually the young fillies (females who haven’t been mothers before) will stay with their mothers until about two years of age. Around age 2, the young fillies become prospects for the stallion’s harem, or for another stallion to steal.
The young colts (males) will be allowed to stay with their herd by the leading stallion until between ages 1 – 2. After that, they are usually chased off by the leading stallion, so he has no competition within his own group for his leadership.
The colts will usually form a group of young bachelors that run together, until they individually feel they are ready to challenge another stallion or will try to steal mares, when the leading stallion isn’t watching.
For the Leader or Stallion of a herd, it is survival of the fittest. Challenges to his leadership are usually met through another stallion trying to steal mares while he isn’t watching or is too far away from his herd to get there in time to stop the stealing.
Another way to challenge is direct combat, through shrill verbal signals, charging, biting, kicking, and rearing, at times to the death or with severe injuries.
Wild horses are usually a symbol for FREEDOM!
I can see wild horses in a canyon coming out of a narrow gap between two very tall walls of rock.
There are many mares, foals, and young horses. A stallion is bringing up the rear, as he pushes and encourages them through the narrow gap by nips, verbal signals, like specific whinnies, neighs, or grunts and physical signals, like stomping his foot, shaking his head, or moving his body towards another horse, etc.
These are all ways he might signal other horses of approval or disapproval of their actions. Most of the mares, foals, and young horses are obedient and move through, obeying their leader.
Some of the young foals and some who are tired, anxious, fearful, distracted, stubborn, or rebellious wander a little. He is an awesome leader though and is quick to see them go off track. So he gathers them back to his herd and his family by any means available to him.
They all get through the narrow gap and the canyon widens out to a grassy plateau where they stop to rest and refresh themselves. There is a small stream and the grass is lush, so some eat leisurely and drink deeply, while others rest.
Foals begin nursing and then take a nap in the sun. The younger ones eat and play. All seems peaceful.
The stallion goes off to himself and climbs up on a gathering of rocks so he can have a higher vantage point to see all of his family and watch for any incoming danger.
We, as the body of Christ are represented by the wild horses, running free, through freedom in Christ.
The stallion represents the LORD, our Father, as our leader, our all in all who takes care of us in every way.
Some in the Body of Christ are currently finishing coming through a narrow place or a place of great testing, where there were times they felt like they were barely squeezing through so tiredness and exhaustion, rebellion and stubbornness, anxiety, fear, worry, and distractions got in the way.
But the LORD, Our Father, and Leader kept pushing us through the gap, sometimes verbally with encouragement from Him or others.
Sometimes it took a nip to wake us up or to redirect us. At times He would stomp His foot, shake His head, or move His body towards us to keep us moving in the right direction.
We came through the gap to a plateau to refresh and rest ourselves, by resting, eating and drinking deeply from our time spent with Him.
The LORD, Our Father, watched over us.
“Plateau: a usually extensive land area having a relatively level surface raised sharply above adjacent land on at least one side; tableland,” ©Webster’s Dictionary.
“Wild horses generally run free in many nations in the world. Some have designated areas that are specifically for them, to maintain their freedom; several states have that in the US. Although that has changed somewhat in the last several years as the BLM is back to rounding up hundreds of wild horses and wild donkeys, keeping them locked up in holding pens, with some allowed to be adopted, but the majority going to slaughter,” for more information see go to ©Wild Hoofbeats.
God Bless You!
~ Beverly Juelsgaard-Fischer
God has allowed Beverly to minister all over the world through the internet, and in person through conferences, church services, and small groups. Beverly’s heart is to see the Body of Christ walk in the freedom that God means for them, so they can develop a deep intimacy with Father God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. She ministers to others through prophetic words, and other gifts, bringing breakthrough and calling people into a constant pursuit of His Heart to actively hear His voice for themselves and others. Beverly lives near Danville, VA.