Horses are some of the most loving and protective creatures, especially when one of their own is in danger. For the sake of their family, these majestic beasts are always willing to put their lives on the line. Horses, whether they live on a farm or in the wild, are unafraid to defend those they love.
When a young and inexperienced foal was unable to cross a river, a wild stallion stepped in and saved the day. It happened in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, and fortunately, one of the rangers there saw it and even managed to get some footage.
The greatest national forest in Arizona was once home to thousands of wild horses, but now only a few families of mustangs call it home. In fact, the Park Service worker, Becky Standridge, recognized them immediately when he observed a group of people having lunch on the Salt River’s banks. It was the well-known Champ, a powerful stallion and his enormous family.
Suddenly, the tranquility of a sunny afternoon was shattered by a series of loud neighs that came from across the river on the opposite side. Although horses are territorial, they are generally peaceful (excepting the mating season). Even though the two groups of horses at first ignored each other, the fearless Champ eventually chose to cross the river and look into the matter more.
For an inexperienced foal, only the powerful currents proved too swift and strong. The youngster was swept away by the raging river in a matter of seconds, and it appears that she was doomed from the start. Fortunately, the powerful Champ was on hand to come to the rescue.