The Wild Horses of Cotopaxi

Wild Horses of Cotopaxi, Ecuador

Wild Horses of Cotopaxi, Ecuador

The first time I went to Ecuador, I was on a massive road trip across South America. At this point, my experience with horses had been limited to seeing ponies at fairs when I was a child, and a scary horse ride in Northern Argentina. However, when I was in Ecuador later on in the year, about to embark on a challenging quest to scale Cotopaxi, I got to see wild horses for the first time ever. It was one of the most beautiful sights- to not see these horses tied to carriages, stuffed inside stables, or forced to participate in greed-based races.

Cotopaxi is one of the region’s largest, active volcanoes. My attempt to ascend this part of the Andes was pathetic at best, including a great deal of fog and altitude sickness. Oh well, at least I was able to see horses as they are supposed to be- free, and absolutely untamed.

One thought on “The Wild Horses of Cotopaxi

  1. puravidajenn says:

    Beautiful! I’ve never seen wild horses before but it looks amazing. Until recently, my experience with horses was, like yours, limited to some pony rides. But a couple of months ago my husband and I housesat for people in Costa Rica with 7 horses–thankfully for the horses we didn’t have to take care of them (we’re clueless!) but now I definitely have a whole new appreciation for them.


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