The Garrano Horse at Gerês National Park, Portugal
Wild horses in Portugal at Gerês National Park.
Why are the Garrano horses so important?
In a territory with such ancient boundaries, such as Portugal, and where the human presence is almost everywhere, there are not so frequent wildlife sightings.
When these sightings happen, as it was in this case, it is always an exciting moment.
Garrano is a breed of Iberian horses.
We often tend to refer to Garrano horses as being Portuguese but the fact is the animal knows no boundaries and they can be seen both on the Portuguese side and on the Spanish side.
On the Spanish side, the Gerês (Gerês National Park) is called Xures, very similar.
These are horses of small stature, wrongly often referred to as ponies, adapted to the harsh conditions of the Gerês and with working horse characteristics.
It’s difficult to find the word to express how much I love seeing these free animals in the wild.
They are no longer in danger of extinction as once they were, it is a sign of hope in the future of coexistence between humans and wildlife.
This was a moment to remember.