Wild Horses of Dülmen

for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin / cover story
by Arne Piepke
For centuries, the Dülmen wild horses have lived on their territory in western Germany. They are free and yet dependent on humans. Populations like these also raise the question:
What does wild actually mean today?

Every year at the "wild horse catch", the young stallions are taken from the herd and then auctioned off. Thousands of visitors come to this spectacle.