Galloping to Freedom: Saving the Adobe Town Appaloosas
by Carol J Walker
Hardcover, 144pp Painted Hills Publishing
Carol Walker’s work is always beautiful – a visual feast for the horse enthusiast. And in this, her latest work, she shines a light on the struggle faced today by wild horses in the Americas.
One small family group of at-risk horses is the subject of Galloping to Freedom, but the trials of these horses is representative of thousands more across the plains of the US.
Walker has photographed wild horses for several years. The family of a striking spotted stallion from the famous Adobe Town herd caught her eye, and it is the story of this horse, whom she named Bronze Warrior, captured from the wild at the age of 22, that this book follows.
From the “Checkerboard Wild Horse Roundup” in Wyoming in 2014, Walker finds and follows Bronze Warrior and several members of his family herd, working to reunite them from holding facilities in Colorado and Nevada, to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. Thanks to the many images captured of this group, BLM staff were able to find the other horses from the band.
Galloping to Freedom illustrates the story of these horses, reunited thanks to the perseverance of many determined and caring individuals.
From thousands of images, the hundreds in this book show wild horses in their natural environment and in captivity, and will prove fascinating for students of equine behavior.
Galloping to Freedom will appeal not only to those who are at the grass roots of the battle to save wild horses, but also to those who want to know more about the fate of this true icon of the American West.
Carol Walker’s passion for photography started at an early age, with animals as her favorite subjects. She studied literature and photography as an undergraduate at Smith College, and continued her education in photography after graduating, studying portraiture and nature photography. For the past 30 years, she has photographed wildlife all over the world.
In 2000, Carol started her business, Living Images by Carol Walker, specializing in horse photography. Carol’s images illuminate the relationship between horses and their people, as well showcase the beauty of horses with her stunning images of horses at liberty. She teaches equine photography workshops for amateur photographers and markets her fine art prints from her website as well as in several locations on the Front Range of Colorado. Carol’s artwork and books have been honored with numerous awards.
Eleven years ago, Carol began photographing wild horses. As she followed several herds in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, she became aware of how precarious their situation on public lands has become. Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating people with her photographs and stories about the wild horses. She is one of the leading advocates for keeping America’s wild horses wild and free on public lands. Proceeds from the sales of Carol s artwork and books fund her efforts.