With the encouragement of family and friends, Sandy started this blog in February 2012.
Born and raised in Michigan, Sandy has lived in Montana since 1992 and now lives, with her husband Bill, in Potomac, Montana.
Each year Sandy spends several weeks in the Pryors, camping at the very top of the 8,500 foot mountain when weather permits. This past year (2013), the number of days on the mountain equaled almost 9 weeks.
Not only does Sandy take photos, but she also is a videographer. Her current entry is a video project with Singer/songwriter Sharon Anderson. Together along with Randy Nagel and Chas Williams they produced a beautiful music video; “Wild Caballo”, to honor the wild horses. This video was selected as a finalist in the International Wildlife Film Festival. She has donated several DVD’s of this to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.
Sandy’s goal for her photography and video work is to share her experiences and allow as many people as possible to get a glimpse into the lives of these beautiful animals and also to reach out and communicate with all sides involved with them.
Her blog “Wild in the Pryors” allows you to follow her many trips to the Pryors. She shares stories, photos and information about this herd of special wild horses.
When Sandy is not camping in the Pryors she can be found playing with her own horses (3 of which are Pryor Mountain Horses) or riding in the mountains on the miles of trails surrounding her home.
In the summer of 2013, Sandy began giving guided day and camping tour trips on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. She has acquired all necessary permits from the BLM and The Bighorn Canyon Recreational Area in order to do this. Please click on CAMPING to find out more about her 2014 tour schedule and to read some reviews from her 2013 guests.
Thank you to all that read this blog and become interested in these beautiful horses. Together we can make a difference.
All photos are available for purchase. Email her for details and prices.
For Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Tour information or photos you can call Sandy: 406-244-0015 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.” John Steinbeck
Guest Reporter and Friend Lori Graham!
I was blessed and consider myself very fortunate to grow up in a very small town in Northwest New Jersey. Our home was a renovated summer cottage that sat right on the edge of Lake Hopatcong. In fact it was the Native Americans who were called the “Lenni Lenape” who inhabited this area before the Europeans came to settle there. This is why I suggested the name “Lenape” for one of the Pryor horses who was recently adopted in September.
I have always loved animals and nature, and I must have driven my parents crazy with all of the critters that I brought home for one reason or another. But, my greatest love since I can remember has always been horses. In fact, my girlfriend and I would pretend that we were horses. We would gallop and prance around the fields whinnying acting like we were a couple of horses.
My Grandfather had a huge impact on that aspect of my life. He passed on his love of horses to me and every year would take my brother and I to the Branchville Horse Fair. My Grandmother would take my brother around and let him go on the fair rides, while my Grandfather and I would sit and watch all of the horse shows. From jumping, to pulling weights we watched it all, and I loved and cherished every memory I have from that time in my life. I would never be able to have my own horse until my husband and I moved to Wyoming.
Later, when I moved to Florida I got involved with the Treasure Coast Wildlife Hospital. The hospital cared for and rescued every kind of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. I started by volunteering my time while taking a correspondence class in Animal Science. A year later I was hired as the animal specialist and I got my permit to be a wildlife rehabilitator. My duties were many and involved training volunteers, preparing diets for all kinds of wildlife, triage on incoming patients, raising hundreds of orphaned song birds, squirrels, bobcats, water birds, raptors, and many more. Most times our dedication and hard work was successful and we would release those animals back into the wild, but there were some that we could not save no matter how much we tried and would have to euthanize them. Mostly all of the animals that we treated, and rehabilitated were due to human interference and contact. I learned that human interference with nature was not pretty, and that progress and human population growth was not good for wildlife.
I strongly believe that “Mother Nature” knows best and that the more that we (humans) interfere with the natural balance of things, the more we are losing our wildlife. That, to me is very sad.
I was blessed again when my husband and I moved to Wyoming in 2003 to be closer to my father. We had 2 happy years with him before he passed away.
I would visit the Pryor Mountain Wild horse range often and fell in love with these wild horses. I felt that they needed to be protected. That led me to the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. After serving on the board for 2 years the previous Director took another job and the position for Director became available. I was hired as Director and loved my position. However, I spent most of my time at the Center and not enough time doing the things that I loved the most. After a year and a half I resigned as Director.
This leads me to the present, where I can pursue and fulfill my passion which is the love that I have for these wild horses and my dedication to protect them.
I am honored that Sandy has allowed me to be a part of her “Wild in the Pryor’s” blog. I strongly believe that the public needs to be able to follow this herd by photos and documentation while being updated on the facts of their management by the government. Sandy’s blog also gives everyone a chance to voice their opinions and to discuss the horses and their plight for freedom.
Thank you Sandy and thank you to all who get involved with these Pryor Wild Horses.