Born to be Wild
About this Piece:
Teshia created "Born To Be Wild" in honor of the beautiful & elusive "wild horses" that, to this day, still run wild & free in various regions of the world. These majestic beasts are a symbol of freedom, a marvel of nature, and are spirits of the past that have astoundingly stampeded their way into the present. They paint a picture of the West & are a magnificent emblem of power, survival & independence. Teshia's desire was to capture the enthralling energy & radiance of these profound creatures, & all that they epitomize, in her striking painting, "Born To Be Wild".
Free-roaming herds of feral horses, known as “wild horses”, are descendants from domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild in centuries past. Some of these horses are said to be the descendants of horses who managed to swim to land when they were shipwrecked. Others may have been deliberately brought to various islands by settlers and were either left to reproduce freely, or were abandoned when assorted human settlements failed. Away from humans, over time, these animals' patterns of behavior revert to behavior more closely resembling that of the “wild horse”.
The wild horses of the American West are the best-known examples of feral horses. Europeans reintroduced these bands of horses in the 15th century. At the time, some of these horses escaped & formed herds, known today as Mustangs.
Intriguingly, Australia is known to have over 400,000 feral horses, the largest population in the world. These Australian horses are known as the Brumby, and were brought to the country by early English settlers. Additionally, the Sorraia & the Garrano are the names of the free-ranging horses in Portugal, which live in the northern mountains of the country. Other feral horses of the world are known to reside in Nova Scotia on Sable Island, on Assateague Island off the coast of Virginia & Maryland, and Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico, in addition to a few other rare & extraordinary free-ranging herds that still paint the landscape of the Wild West.
Regardless of where these horses originally came from, or how they were introduced to the West, each & every one of them undoubtedly was, & to this day is, forever enduringly….
Born To Be Wild.