Russian Wild Horses – Free spirits of the Water Island

When people think about wild animals, they usually do not imagine wild horses. There are specific places on earth where wild horses are dominant. One of those places is Water Island (Wodniy) which is located in Manych-Gudilo Lake.

The Island is located in the Rostov Region of the Russian Federation. These horses are beautiful and proud animals, and they have never been touched by human hands. There are an estimated 300 horses in that island.

How did the wild horses get into this island?

That is, of course, an interesting question, but nobody knows its answer. They were first observed in that location about 50 years ago. However, there are some assertions about how these horses got into this island.

One version suggests that shepherds brought the horses to this region and used them for farming activities.  Once the horses were no longer needed for household activities, they were released into the wilderness. In 1959, there was a flooding in that region, and people left for different location leaving their horses behind. This version explains how the horses got into the place even before it was surrounded by flood water.

According to another version, wild horses of this island descended from Don purebred horses, which were often brought to the territory for grazing.

wild horses, in general, known as Mustangs.  Mustangs do not live only in Russia. These beautiful horses with free spirit are also present in Canada (Sable Island), as well as in the United States (the islands Assateague and Chincoteague, Virginia).

Chincoteague Ponies are the herd of wild horses in Chincoteague, Virginia. They adapted to the environment by eating marsh grasses and drinking water out of ponds.

Like the Russian wild horses, the origin of Chincoteague Ponies is hard to trace. It’s believed that these horses inhabited Assateague Island for hundreds of years. There are claims about their origin. One suggests that they were brought by early settlers, while some people believe these horses are coming from the survivors of a Spanish Ship, which was wrecked off the coast of Assateague.

Russian wild horses (mustangs)

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