Traffic came to a halt in a small mountain village in New Mexico as a herd of wild horses took their time crossing the road.
Pausing for wildlife is nothing new to the residents of Ruidoso who share the area with wild mustangs, elk, bear, and countless other wild animals. With the Sierra Blanca Mountains as a backdrop, the quaint town is a popular destination for weekend travelers.
The village has roughly 7,700 year-round resident, but in the summer months the population swells to over 30,000 people.
But not all get to witness a band of wild horses, including a foal, casually crossing the road.
Local news station, WLWT, posted the footage taken by Jesus Figueroa with the caption, “WILD, WILD WEST 🤠 This horse crossing caused a slight afternoon traffic delay in Ruidoso, New Mexico.”
In the video, the horses are seen walking single file across the road and never speed up, until it is time for the foal to cross. The horse behind the foal, believed to be its mother, nudges the baby with her head and the foal trots across the road.
The short delay was a welcomed break for those lucky enough to witness it.
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The video has been viewed by nearly 50K people, many reminiscing about their time spent in the area. One person commented, “Incredible! That is where I saw my 1st wild horse.”
Another wrote, “Love how the mom is nudging the little one to pick up the pace.” Yet another said, “I’m sure the town takes it in stride.”
The wild horses have roamed the area for decades and will continue to do so thanks to locals who continue to fight for their freedom.
The Wild Horse Observers Association is committed to protecting and preserving the remaining wild horses in New Mexico and their habitats.
Check out the wild horse crossing in the video below and be sure to share it with your friends and family.
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