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The Wild Horses of Saskatchewan’s Bronson Forest

A small band of wild horses lead a precarious existence in west central Saskatchewan, blithely grazing on the lush grass of Bronson Lake meadow about an hour's drive north-east of Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan (the boundary runs right down main street). They have endured for about 50 years, fending off starvation, wolf predation, indiscriminant hunters, harassing snowmobilers and ATVers, and even tolerating inquisitive tourists. The Bronson Forest herd is, to my knowledge, the only wild horse herd that exists in Saskatchewan. The group's population has declined over the years, from a high of about 125 in the early 1990s, to today's level of around 35. Not large by modern standards, nor are they the diminutive size of ponies, and many of them are very good looking animals. Despite inbreeding, most retain good proportions and I liken them to the stature of 1800s era horses used by the native Cree - a hardy, strong,…

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