Forget Rocky Balboa. He has nothing on these Italian Stallions: Battling horses square up to box each other
- During all-important breeding season these two wild stallions squared up to secure the best mare
- The pair at Yosemite National Park reared and shook their manes at each other as a storm rolled in
Sparring with each other on their hind legs, these two wild horses squared up hoof-to-hoof.
The incredible boxing stallions pulled no punches as they tried to display their dominance over each other in the herd.
Wildlife photographer Richard Ligon captured the fierce scuffle at California's Yosemite National Park.
The wild horses going hoof to hoof at California's Yosemite National Park as they sparred for dominance in the herd
Fighting between stallions tends to be seen during the summer months, which is the main breeding season
Hundreds of wild horses roam the plains and during mating season each male battles it out for dominance in order to secure the best mare - after this epic fight the winner had to square off against several other competitors.
Richard, who has been observing the powerful punch-offs, took the chance to capture the fight shortly before thunderstorms swept through the valley.
Photographer Richard, 48, said: 'After discovering about the horses from a local resident during a trip last spring, I went looking for them to photograph, learn, and experience these magnificent creatures.
After the flare-up the pair gradually calmed down, content to just toss their manes around
One of the stallions was getting the cold shoulder after winning the bout but at least it cleared the air
'The battles are an amazing experience to witness. On this occasion the lighter stallion on the left seemed to win the battle, only to be challenged right away by a blonde stallion, followed by a challenge from a tan stallion.
'I have seen epic battles between stallions, where it just seems to go on and on.
'On some occasions it can be calm with the horses grazing and such, and at other times there can be chaos among the horses.'