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There’s a Salt River wild horse named Ducey, and he’s doing great

(Facebook Photo/Salt River Wild Horse Management Group)

PHOENIX — If you’ve seen a wild horse roaming the Salt River area in the past year or so, it might have been Ducey.

That’s right, there’s a Salt River wild horse named after Arizona’s governor.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group — a nonprofit organization dedicated to monitoring, studying and protecting the horses living in the Tonto National Forest — said Ducey was the first foal born in 2017.

He was named after Doug Ducey because of how much the governor has helped the animals.

In 2016, human Ducey signed the Salt River Wild Horse Act, which was designed to protect the horses and allow them to continue roaming freely.

In a Facebook post Thursday, the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group said equine Ducey is now 22 months old and is “doing great.”

The reddish-brown — or sorrel — horse is still hanging out with his family.

But that living arrangement won’t last long. Young stallions usually get kicked out of their “birthbands” by the time they are 2 years old, the group said.

After a few years of bachelorhood, male horses like Ducey find a mare and start their own bands.

The group says it will continue providing updates about Ducey on its Facebook page.

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