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Updated: Apr 25, 2022

Photos and Content by Billie Hutchings

Remember when you were a kid and someone mentioned wild horses? Did you immediately get an image in your head of what it would look like? Well, this horse was the image I always had.....big, black stallion with attitude!

This is Challenger. He spent his life in the North Soda area of the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range. He was born around 1989 (best guess) and died the winter of 2010-2011. He was one of those elusive, hard to find horses. He usually appeared for a month or so in the spring and then again for a month or two in the fall. If you were lucky you would catch a glimpse of him and his band on the far side, but believe me, it was only a glimpse! He would posture, snort, blow and prance around when he saw you. So fun and exciting to watch him. He was definitely a gorgeous horse and a very successful band stallion. He is one horse I miss alot. He has a couple of offspring on the range still. His son acts like him but doesn't look like him, his daughter looks like him.

He is definitely one of the most unforgettable horses. It was always a thrill to see him and extra special if I was able to get photos. He just embodies what a wild horse is to me. R.I.P.

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