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Stallions play with their young and correct inappropriate behaviors. Stallions also work to maintain band cohesion and — ever watchful and alert — place themselves between their families and perceived threats. They are the protectors of the herd.

Amante, left, spends a lot of time with his playful 10-month-old son, Fuego. Fuego loves to tease and provoke his father, then the little rascal displays his submission by “champing,” a behavior in which the younger horse pulls his lips back, opening and only slightly closing his mouth repeatedly. Amante is a patient, attentive father who responds gently to Fuego’s appeasing behavior. Photos by Irene Vejar.

Did you know?We have Return to Freedom masks!

Peekaboo Masks is donating 35% of its sales from limited-edition masks that feature the wild horses and burros at our American Wild Horse Sanctuary.