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Obsidian

Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 21, 2014

Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 21, 2014

Here I am, almost to the day of Lakota’s death two years ago.  Has it really been two years?  It is hard to believe in some ways, but in others, it seems like it was much longer.

Since that day in July 2012 (LAKOTA) I have seen many births and deaths on the range.  I have learned to take them all in stride.  Not trying to let them all affect me, trying to be strong.  But it seems that each year that passes, there is one little soul that has touch my heart.  Last year it was little Nacer (NACER), this year it was a little soul that lived for just one short week.  I feel fortunate that I was able to see him on almost each of those days.

I had a wonderful group of woman for my tour in mid July this year.  It seems this year, I have had wonderful guests for each trip and miss them when we go our separate ways, bonded by the spirit of the Pryors.

It was our last afternoon and we were returning to the truck after an afternoon hike which we spent with several horses.  My guest from Iceland told me she had spotted a horse, so I looked through the binoculars and discovered a beautiful foal with the two-year old filly Moenkopi.  With the suggestion of my Iceland guest, we all decided his name should be Obsidian. (Obsidian)

Moenkopi and Obsidian, July 13th, 2014

Moenkopi and Obsidian, July 13th, 2014

This was to be Lakota’s first great-grand child.  I knew the odds of a two-year old raising a foal was slim.  But I have seen Maia (Galaxy band) doing an incredible job, and so I was hopeful.  Moenkopi looked healthy and at a good weight, which gave me even more hope.  Obsidian seemed liked a determined little guy, even though his size was small, there was a strong will that pushed him on, even in the minutes before he could no longer stand.

It seemed each day, I was blessed with the gift of seeing Capuccino and his band, and yesterday was no exception. I had spotted some horses towards Clouds island yesterday morning and my guests (from France) and I along with my good friend Lanie, decided to hike to see them.  It was a beautiful cool morning and we were all anxious to see the horses in this different setting.

Cappuccino and his band were the first that we came to.  This band does not always show itself.  They prefer to be left alone or give themselves on their terms.  I saw the “stink eye” look from Blanca, and knew that I had better move along, and so we did.

I only wish that all people who visited the range would treat the horses with respect, learn to read their body language, give them their space.  But this post is not about that, so I will not tell you more about what I witnessed on this day, not now anyway, this is not the time.

We continued to climb up a small hill and perched ourselves well above the several bands that showed themselves that morning.  Gringo, Duke, Galaxy, Blue Moon, Bolder, Cloud, Mescalero, Garcia, Doc and Garay.  All relaxing, playing, sparring and sleeping in the warm morning sun.

Some time passed (I am not sure how much, it seems that time stands still when I am watching them).  I looked over and saw Cappucinno and his band slowly making their way in front of us.

Blanca

Blanca

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Moenkopi and her increasingly fragile colt Obsidian were the last to show themselves.  I was concerned when I had seen Obsidian the day before.  I had been gone from the mountain for one day and was suprised at how fragile he was looking.  He looked weak, very thin, but still had that determination about him that gave me hope he would somehow beat the odds that were against him.

Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 21, 2014

Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 21, 2014

Moenkopi loved this young colt.  Her every movement showed me that, and little Obsidian felt the same about his young mother.  I was touched to see them share many tender moments right in front of me yesterday morning.

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Obsidian July 21, 2014

Obsidian July 21, 2014

I felt very lucky to witness this and had no idea that I would see this little one take his last breath in just a few minutes.  His determination was so obvious.  Moenkopi had milk, we saw it drip as this tiny little soul tried with all his might to nurse.  But he was never able to nurse for very long, he was too weak, for whatever reason.

Blanca joined these two during their last moments together.  Somehow they seemed to know, but he still tried very hard to live.

Blanca, Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 22, 2014.  Just minutes before he died.

Blanca, Obsidian and Moenkopi, July 22, 2014. Just minutes before he died.

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And then, little Obsidian could no longer hold on.  We watched his little body drop to the ground.  At that moment, Moenkopi turned and touched her little son. And then she cried out.  With that cry came a reaction from the other bands that none of us expected.  All the horses turned and cried with her, with Doc’s band ( which included Moenkopi’s mother Galena) rushing towards them.  Cappuccino placed his strong body between Obsidian and Doc.  Letting him know he should not take another step.

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As we watched this scene unfold before us, we still held out hope that little Obsidian would get up.  But he did not and we could see he was no longer breathing.  Sharing this moment, bonded us all together in a way that is hard to explain.  We will all be life long friends, a gift in a tragic moment.

The bands slowly started to move on, and we did as well.  We checked from a distance (through binoculars) on Moenkopi several times in the remainder of the day and into the evening.  Moenkopi would not leave her colt, she stood there for hours and hours, until it was too dark for me to see if she was still there.

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This morning, she was not standing over his little body.  She and her band had moved on.

Life in the Pryors goes on, but it is not always easy.  Rest in Peace little Obsidian, I know you have caught up to Lakota by now.  He will help guide you.  Perhaps you will come back again, given another chance, and turn out to be the strong stallion I know you can be.

 

Sandy

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Logo designed by Amber Bushnell. Wild in the Pryors and this logo is copyrighted.

Pryor Foal # 16

Lariat and her colt, Oklahoma, July 16, 2014

Lariat and her colt, Oklahoma, July 16, 2014

Pryor foal number 16 was born on July 15, 2014 to Lariat.  The possible father is Garay.  I saw Lariat with Garay and his band several times last summer.

Lariat is the 2011 daughter of Madonna and Duke.  Garay is the 2006 son of Mariposa and Conquistador.

The foal was discovered by Micheal Francis and his photography group.  The name they choose for him is Oklahoma.

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Lariat, Oklahoma and Juniper, July 17, 2014

Lariat, Oklahoma and Juniper, July 17, 2014

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Logo designed by Amber Bushnell. Wild in the Pryors and this logo is copyrighted.

Pryor Foal # 14

Audubon, her new filly and Blue Moon.  July 2, 2014

Halcyon, her new filly and Blue Moon. July 2, 2014

Pryor Foal number 14, a filly, was born on July 1 to Blue Moon and Halcyon.  Blue Moon is the 2001 son of Sitka and Shaman.   Halcyon is the 2007 daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado.  Her name is Olivia, which is the Latin name for Olive, the symbol of peace.  This name fits well with the family theme (Halcyon, Nirvana).

Halcyon and her new filly. July 2, 2014

Halcyon and her new filly. July 2, 2014

Blue Moons band

Blue Moons band

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Pryor Foals # 12 and 13. 2014

Maia and her colt, June 22, 2014

Maia and her colt, June 22, 2014

Foal number 12.  Born to the band stallion Galaxy, the 2006 son of Lakota and Quelle Colour and Maia, the 2012 daughter of Hera and Prince.  This little foal is a colt, named Oro.  Discovered by TCF on June 21, 2014.

Galaxy with his first son.

Galaxy with his first son.

Maia and Oro

Maia and Oro

Maia and Oro

Maia and Oro

Foal number 13.  Born to the band stallion Duke, the 1996 son of Flicka and Big Foot and Graciana, the 2006 daughter of Bacardi and Baja.  Discovered on June 21 by TCF.  A colt, he is not named yet.

Graciana's colt.

Graciana’s colt.

Graciana and her colt, June 22, 2014

Graciana and her colt, June 22, 2014

Graciana and colt.

Graciana and colt.

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June Mountain Top (#3). Father and Son

Killian with his mother Celt and mare Sapo.

Killian with his mother Celt and mare Sapo.

I have watched this story unfolding now for several years.  I saw Killian for the first time when he was about a month old.  Beautiful and very much a shadow or “Echo” of his grandfather Cloud.  His mother Celt watching over him closely and protecting him from all that challenged him.  It was cute for the first few years, but now, here we are four years later and Killian continues to nurse his mother, but yet is now trying to breed his fathers mares.  This started to happen last year when he was three, but now as a four-year old, it is becoming even more apparent.  This kid needs to go.

Sapo and Killian, June 24, 2014

Sapo and Killian, June 24, 2014

But Bolder has seemed to be rather nonchalant about the whole story.  I have shook my head more than once at this situation and I have said out loud, that I wondered if his mother Celt was grooming him to take his father’s band.

This time, it was very apparent that Killian wanted his fathers mare, Sapo.  He constantly snaked her and tried to mount her.  Finally on this evening, Bolder had enough of it.

I have seen Bolder and Killian have a few little “discussions”, but nothing like what we all witnessed a few evenings ago.  This time the discussion took on a new level and strength about it and went on into the night.  Some of it took place right outside our tents!  I expected (and hoped) to see the problem solved in the morning,  but instead, I saw the whole band intact and peacefully grazing nearby.

The light could not have been more perfect for these shots.   I will let the photos speak for themselves.  If you would like to see the image in a larger size, just click on the image.

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Sapo and Killian

Sapo and Killian

Bolder starts to take charge.

Bolder starts to take charge.

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Father and son square off.

Father and son square off.

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Killian and Bolder

Killian and Bolder

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I am looking forward to watching this story continue to unfold this summer.  I hope it has a good ending for Bolder.

Sandy

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Lakota’s Gift.

Burnt Timber Road at Cheyenne Flats

Burnt Timber Road at Cheyenne Flats

This will be my second year giving camping tours.  I no longer give day trips, but the PMWMC is, so contact them if you would like to go on a day trip.

This year I decided to give back.  I feel so fortunate to be able to share my passion with others.  My goal this year, was to give a trip to a young person who could carry on their passion and share it with others their age.  This year, I awarded those trips to two people.  Jonathan S. and Brianna H.  Brianna just recently graduated from High School and Jonathan is in High School.  I hope by doing this, these two will carry on the torch (so to speak) and encourage others their age to become aware of not only the Pryor Horses, but all the other wild horses in the US.

Lakota, May 2012

Lakota, May 2012

I am calling this award, “Lakota’s gift” and I think he would approve.  It is hard to believe that it has been two years since his death.

If you are interested in being the recipient of next summers gift, contact me on why and how your feel this way.  Here is the deal:  you must pay for your own transportation to Lovell, Wyoming.  After that, your mountain top trip will be a gift.  It may be a 3 or 4 day trip and includes camping gear if needed and all your food and mountain top transport with me.  (value: $800- $1,100 ).  I of course can provide references if needed.  You can email me at: wildinthepryors@aol.com.

Sandy

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Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

 

Mountain Update From Ginger

Blue Moon and Tecumseh/Gringo band, June 17, 2012

Blue Moon and Tecumseh/Gringo band, June 17, 2012

As I check and double check my lists for my upcoming trip to the Pryors, I took a little time out to read Ginger’s (TCF) great report from the mountain.  I almost felt as if I was there after reading it. I can not wait to see all the horses for myself.  I leave on Saturday.

Click on TCF to go to Ginger’s report.  Thank you Ginger for the updates.

Sandy

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Nimbus…A New Life

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Let’s hope it is as good as it sounds. She is a sweet and beautiful girl.

Nimbus, August 2013

Nimbus, August 2013

Nimbus, May 28, 2014.  Photo by Scott P.

Nimbus, May 28, 2014. Photo by Scott P.

Originally posted on Pryor Wild:

Many people have been asking about Nimbus after her separation from her family of Cloud and Feldspar. Just a note that Nimbus is one of the horses with two names. She is also known as Encore.  This new situation might not be an ideal situation, but she had found companionship with a young stallion, Knight.

Nimbus

Nimbus

After first leaving her family, Nimbus did have some dark staining on her rear end. On May 25, 2014 she was back to her light palomino color with just her tail showing the dark stain. Nimbus and Knight  were standing on a ridge with London and Inali right near them. The two other bachelors seemed to keep their distance.

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Nimbus, Knight, and London

Hamlet

Inali

Nimbus seemed content enough to lie down and take a short nap with Knight close beside her.

Nimbus wakes up from nap.

Nimbus wakes up from nap.

There was not pressure on young Knight or…

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Dryhead Photos

I met Laura Curtis and her husband John last summer.  They both were guests of mine on a day tour.  This year I will no longer be giving day tours (only camping), but I made an exception for Laura, and probably always will.

Laura (and John) make the trip from Colorado several times a year, driving up the Dryhead to see the horses.  They were just here just last week and I asked if she would mind sharing some of her beautiful photos.  Here are the ones she sent.  Thank you so much Laura!

Merlin

Merlin

Seattle

Seattle

Johnston

Johnston

Nina

Nina

Nina

Nina

Nina

Nina

Sacajewa and Oregon

Sacajewa and Oregon

Oregon

Oregon

Oregon

Oregon

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Pryor Foal # 11, 2014. Update, Photo!!

Firestorm and her new foal Okomi.  Taken this morning ( 5-31-14)  Photo by Shawn Ivie

Firestorm and her new foal Okomi. Taken this morning ( 5-31-14) Photo by Shawn Ivie

I received an email from Shawn Ivie, this morning at 7:30 am.  He had spotted Firestorm and her new foal and wanted me to see them.  Thank you so much Shawn!! I will also add, that this was taken with Shawn’s cellphone.  Shawn’s photos are amazing, the link to his website is on the side of this post if you would like to see more of his work. (Wyoman Photography)

Firstorm, February, 2013

Firestorm, February, 2013

Pryor Foal # 11, born to Firestorm and Jackson.  Discovered by TCF.  Colt.  Name: Okomi.  No photos at this time.  I will update with photos when I can.

Firestorm is the 2005 daughter of Scarlett and Cloud.  Jackson is the 1998 son of Broken Bow and Two Boots.

Thank you Shawn (Wyoman Photography) for providing the photo!

Sandy

Jackson and Doc, June 2013

Jackson and Doc, June 2013

Firestorm and Niabrara, June 2013

Firestorm and Niabrara, June 2013

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