Photo by Greg Abbott

East Phoenix resident Greg Abbott recently submitted a photo that he took of his daughter, Meghan, paddleboarding near a herd of wild horses on the Salt River.

“As avid Arizona paddleboarders who frequently enjoy the Salt River, we cherish sharing the beauty of the Salt River with the wild horses when we are fortunate enough to see them,” Abbott says.

“Although we don’t always encounter them when we are there, we absolutely lucked out one Friday morning in late July when we discovered a huge herd of 28 of them wading on the banks of the river, feeding on the vegetation and enjoying the sunrise.

“It was quite an experience seeing such a huge herd of wild horses, calmly feeding and seemingly unfazed by us paddling by. With the sun rising on the majestic Red Mountain behind them, the scene was breathtaking.”

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