Animals

By Mikey Jones


A horse has been given the hoof while galloping across a snow white field.

Photographer and graphic designer, Ingo Gerlach, 65, captured these incredible images showcasing the behaviour of two alpha male stallions.

PIC BY INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS

The action shots show the stallions scuffling in the snow and one receives a hoof to the head in the Westerwald, Germany on January 31.

Ingo, from Betzdorf, said: “It was -5 degrees when I managed to capture these two stallions fighting.

PIC BY INGO GERLACH / CATERS NEWS

“They tried to bite their flanks again and again, respectively their forelegs but that is a quite normal behaviour of the stallions when it comes to the hierarchy.

“It became too violent for the dark brown stallion, therefore he stepped with the hind legs after his opponent.“On the picture it looks as if he would fall immediately due to this situation. However, he was able to free himself quickly from this unfortunate event.

“Both opponents then diverged peacefully.”