Wild Horses on Easter Island

horses on easter islandThere are wild horses on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), one of the most isolated places in the world. They wander amongst the Moais and gallop the beaches.

Wow, I think, there has to be a story behind that.

3780523-wild-horses-0So I check. There are wild horses in Hawaii, Fiji, American Samoa, Indonesia and just about everywhere else. The Kathaiwari breed, with their distinctly pointed ears, came from wild horses in Kathiawar, India. With the exception of Przewalski’s horse, which may of have always been wild, the story is the same. Settlers brought horses with them; lost them or turned them loose. Those that survived, formed herds and ran free.

82087403UMGITS_thWhy did I think otherwise? Because I grew up in the American West where wild horses are iconic. I confused that with unique. Truth is, all stories are the same, except for the details.

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One response to “Wild Horses on Easter Island

  1. My husband and I visited Easter Island just over three years ago. We and another couple (photogaphers) rented a car and escaped from the organized travel writers’ itinerary. We spent a lot of time in a few places, one of which is a squat round rock that the Rapa Nuians think of as the “navel of the world.” As the others photographed, I wandered around and found a nice wind-still spot. Some of those wild horses came into view — galloped, cavorted, grazed, walked, grazed, etc. My blog post about Easter Island (http://travel-babel.blogspot.com/2006/11/easter-island.html) contains just one image — of a famous line of moai heads, but the image of those horses remains firmly in my memory bank.

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