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.