Patagonia Wild Horse Tracking in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Patagonia Wild Horse Tracking in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

September 2, 2019


I am a vet and my partner is a biologist. Now we have a third partner whose name is Enrique, he is from Spain. We started in 2008 following these horses, watching them, knowing the place they are inhabiting. We are in the Northeast side of the park. This sector is called Laguna Azul but we are at the other side of the Masle range in the Stokes valley. It makes you feel like “Wow! There really is nature out there!” Without everything around, people, and everything else. And it’s a natural setting. The animals are in their natural setting and you get to experience that with them. Be part of that natural setting. It’s just… You are part of their natural setting. And… You need to respect that. This place is a restricted area. Just for science programs, for CONAF (national forestry organization) people… We have a special permission for 10 years to make science, to mix tourism with science and study the wild horses, counting them, so… we could have the herd more on our sight. From here we can see five or six horses. They are all eating so we’ll try to keep our height. We’re going around this hill so we’ll be all the time over them. You know, you feel like you want to go closer “Oh, I want a better picture” but you can’t. Their main objective is to observe the herd, watch the behaviors of the animals, see if there are family units that are being established but keeping enough distance so that you don’t frighten them. So they’re doing it very respectfully. It’s one hundred adults that are all the time together for safety reasons. You know, puma is a predator here so it’s really eating horses. It’s easier to hunt a horse than to hunt a guanaco. And of course the most amazing part was when those 4 or 5 stallions come up and start looking at us, they notice we’re there. They get a little closer. You can tell they’re looking at us. And they kinda back off and move over and then it seems like… One of them must have smelt something… Because then he stopped and then he turned around and started running. Are you filming? Yes. Having them come up so close was very surprising. So… Very wonderful.

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  1. Los caballos son maravillosos y verlos en su estado natural es aún más bello.
    Proteger el medio natural es una tarea de todos. Gracias por mostrar esta belleza.

  2. روووعة روووعة روووعة روووعة روووعة روووعة احسنتم النشر روووعة فعلا

  3. I didn't know that there were wild horses originally from Chile or America in general, I always thought they had been brought by the spanish conquistadors.. nice video

  4. Horses were in America when humans came, but were hunted to extinction by the humans. Horses have a rightful place in American ecology. In North America, anyway. Im not sure about South America. But herbivores tend not to damage ecologies. Omnivores and carnivores may damage ecologies. Therefore the horses might not do any harm. If they do they could be darted with contraceptives as this seems to humanely keep their populations under control.

    In Australia cattle and sheep and wild horses and pigs eat the sparse vegetation which the wildlife needs to eat to live. European animals are a problem for the wildlife there.

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