Horsing around! Snaps show Mongolian nomads saddling up on adorable horses
Talk about horsing around! This amazing snaps show saddling up as they gallop through fields on horseback.
The horses were pictured in the Khentii province in eastern Mongolia, during the Winter Horse Festival – where skilful horsemen gather to challenge the strength of their horses and show off their riding skills.
The incredible pictures were taken by Batzaya Choijiljav, a travel company director from Mongolia.
Batzaya, 41, said: “Horses are a big part of a nomad’s life, but they still maintain their wild nature.
“The horses live in herds, led by a stallion who guides the horses to water, shelter and safety.
“The horses are hardy and adapted to living out in temperatures that can reach minus 45 degrees, and they are able to forage for food in any condition.
“Mongolian horses are small, but stocky and strong and great for endurance riding.
“Besides transport, Mongolians use horses for sport – horse racing is a nomad’s favourite game.
“Horse racing in winter is a change for nomads to examine their preparation for the cold winter, and practice their horse herding skills.
“Cold temperatures and pasture covered with snow will not stop nomad men who love horses.
“Being in the middle of hundreds of horses galloping around and being herded by fashionable nomad men is amazing.
“There is a danger of freezing fingers or being mashed under roaring hooves, but I didn’t want to miss a single moment of shooting these mythical images.”