A few days ago I was looking for the horses around my village, and went to the Northern most extreme of fenced territory where they are likely to be. If you are looking on a map, this is up by the next town, Algodones. I noticed a large pack of horses north of the fences, with a white stallion. I first thought he was my regular white stallion and had been very successful in stealing all the mares, but as I got closer I begin to realize this was pack I had never seen before. These horses are not as habituated to people, and even though I saw them around a new housing complex, they immediately bolt off into the hills when a human gets out of a car or comes out of a house. Someone is putting hay out for them (although they obviously don't need any extra feed), so they are coming in to get the hay (which they seem to prefer over grass - kind of like "would you like ice cream or spinach?"). At first I could only get distance shots with the 300 or 400 plus 2.0tc. This white stallion has four mares (two bays and two paints), one male yearling (far right) and four babies. They come down from the hills in the morning, but I've not yet seen them here in the afternoons/evenings. One day, after I noticed they bolted from me into a crevice between two hills, I decided to hike along one of the hills to see if I could follow them. I could climb up to the top of the hill to look down on them, and saw that they hadn't run far, and were now grazing slowing in one direction. I walked fast ahead of where we were, climbed the top of the hill, and hid behind a cedar tree hoping they would come up grazing at this spot. I chose it partly for the background of a distance mesa. My luck was good, and they came up grazing right where I was. Unfortunately, the lead mare actually grazed right up to my tree! As soon as she spotted me, they were gone in five seconds! I did manage to nab a few shots before they bolted. I had not wanted to "surprise" them this strongly, but had hoped they wouldn't come right up to where I was, so I could get some closer shots, but keep a safer distance from them. As it was, I could have touched her on the nose before she spotted me. And the stallion giving me one last look. Before taking his pack off into the distant arroyo. far, far away from the silly photographer. Needless to say, it's been quite the thrill finding this new pack of beautiful horses.