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New Life And A Guardian Angel

Chino, Jacinta and Patriot, July 4, 2015

Chino, Jacinta and Patriot, July 4, 2015

It was the evening of July 4,  just yesterday, that I witnessed a new life come to the Pryor Mountains.  And along with that new life came a guardian angel in the form of the oldest stallion on the mountain, Chino.  Chino was born in 1992, the son of Hightail and Hercules and he arrived on this day, just in time.

I was busy taking photos of little Pegasus, who I saw shortly after her birth the previous week.  When I looked up and saw my friend and assistant for this trip, Jeanne (who had gone to the truck), waving her hand at me to come over.  I immediately walked over, and that is when she told me a foal was being born.  No one there knew who it was, but when someone told me she had a blaze, I knew it was Jacinta.  I hurried over towards where they pointed.

Meriweather watches over Jacinta and Patriot

Meriweather watches over Jacinta and Patriot

For those of you that have been on the range, it was in the “tiered” field to your right just as you enter the range from the Sage Creek Road.  There were over 100 horses around near that, and the first thought had been:

1.  how odd that she was foaling at 6 pm with so many horses around and

2.  I hope nothing happens to the foal with so many horses around.

It was just 2 years ago that I witnessed a similar birth at my campsite with LaBrava and it did not end well.  Please read my Nacer post if you want to learn more about that.   Since then, I admit, I have tried to look at the horses with more of a “watching a National Geographic special” sort of state of mind, when it comes to these intense happenings on the range, but so far my love and emotions have won out and I can’t quite capture the “don’t feel the pain” emotion.  I guess that is who I am, and I guess it is how I will always be, and I am not ashamed to say, I cry a lot on the range.

It wasn’t long after I arrived and spotted them, when “all hell broke loose”.  I am not  sure what set the horses off, but while Jacinta tried to encourage her filly to stand for the first time, 75-100 horses decided to race above them.  I do apologize for the quality of these shots.  The sun was setting and unfortunately in the wrong place for good photos.

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And as if a giant hand swooped down to pick them up, the next thing I knew was the other members of Garay’s band (where Jacinta belong), disappeared in the mist along with them.  This set Garay into a blind frenzy.  He wanted his other band members (Kohl, Peite Colur and Meriweather), but also wanted to be there for Jacinta and Patriot.

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His desire for his other band members won out and he gallop off towards where they had run.  I wondered how he would sort them out of 100 horses and get them back.  It seemed liked an impossible task, and I doubted he would be able to do it.

And it was then, that I looked at Jacinta and watched her standing alone, with a new-born foal.  I found myself a bit angry that Garay had chosen to run away when she needed him the most.

Jacinta and Patriot

Jacinta and Patriot

Then, I looked to the left and saw Chino, trotting right towards them.  I wasn’t sure this was a good thing, or if it would end well, but I barely had those thoughts when Jacinta took charge.

Chino makes his move towards Jacinta and Patriot

Chino makes his move towards Jacinta and Patriot

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I held my breath as they danced dangerously close to the newborn foal.  But it was then that I looked in the opposite direction and saw 4 bachelors, (yes one was Jackson, and yes, he had the filly Nirvana for 24 hours but then lost  her)  running directly towards them.  I knew in my heart that this story would have a painful ending if a miracle did not happen.

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London, Jacinta and Patriot

And that is when little Patriot’s guardian angel appeared in the form of the oldest stallion on the range.

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This old stallion has been through a lot in his life, the only stallion or horse for that matter that has ever lived on every part of the range.  He is a legend just by being himself to this point in his long wild life, but what I witnessed next, placed him even higher in my heart and soul.

I am sure he did not think about what could happen to his old self, all he cared about was saving Jacinta and Patriot, and watched it unfold before my eyes.

He charged at London like a stallion 1/3 his age and he never backed down.

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Jacinta also did her best to keep him away.  I have had two children, and I can’t imagine getting up and doing kick boxing minutes after their birth.  How do these horses do it?  The will to survive and protect what is theirs clearly wins out whatever pain she was feeling after the birth of her daughter.  And all the while that she was fighting London off, she was frantically trying to get her little one to stand for the first time.

Chino, London and Jacinta

Chino, London and Jacinta

Chino decided that he needed to be even more aggressive to fight off London, and he gave it his all.

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I am normally a quiet observer on the range, and ask that my guests do the same, but I found myself crying out ” Please, don’t let this little one get hurt or die, please…”

Patriot was up now, and Jacinta was using her body to push her further away from the stallions.

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Finally London decided he had met his match, and he trotted away.  I wondered how Jacinta would react to Chino now.  She had fought him off earlier, would she do it again?  My answer was granted in just a few seconds, as I watched her gratefully accept what Chino had done for her and her new foal.

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Chino stood guard while the bachelors continued to circle, but never had the courage to come closer have his with Chino’s incredible show of courage and strength.

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But Chino’s guardian Angel role was short-lived, as Garay returned with the rest of his band.  (How did he do that,  gained his band members back among 100 horses??  That is story no human witnessed and can never be answered).

But with his return, Chino exited the scene as quickly has he had entered it.  With tearful eyes, I watched this amazing stallion gracefully conceded and walk away without a fight.  He had done the job he was asked to do and excepted it as if he did it everyday of his life.  I wondered how many more times he had stepped up and done the same without a human to witness and write about it.

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I found myself feeling sad for Chino, as he turned and looked over his shoulder towards Jacinta and her filly.  But he did not stay there long, he turned and walked towards me, and I told him out loud how wonderful I thought he was.

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He stopped and yawned, and continued on his way, because for Chino, it was  just a day in the life of a legend stallion.

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Sandy

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

2015, Pryor Foal # 12

Chino, Jacinta and Patriot, July 4, 2015

Chino, Jacinta and Patriot, July 4, 2015

Right in front of our eyes, a new life was born.  There were several of us witnessing the exciting entrance into the world.  We all agreed this new colt should be called Patriot.  Born on the 4th of July.

Patriot was born to Jacinta, the 2009 daughter of Rosebud and Tecumseh (maybe) and Garary, the 2006 son of Mariposa and Conquistador.

There is a story surrounding this birth that I will share soon.  But I will say that the stallion Chino ( age 22 this year) is this little ones guardian angel.

I more than ever love this wise old stallion.  He is my hero for this day.

Sandy

Chino, July 4, 2015

Chino, July 4, 2015

June 2015: First Trip

Nye have some fun in the mud.  June 22, 2015

Nye having some fun in the mud. June 22, 2015

Here are some photos from the first June trip up the mountain.  Due to a cancellation, I have one opening in August.  Click on 2015 for the dates.

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Oceana

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Heritage

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Docs: Petra, Galena, Nye, Jasmine and Heritage

Docs: Petra, Galena, Nye, Jasmine and Heritage

Nye

Nye

Tecumseh

Ireland

Baja and Bacardi

Baja and Bacardi

Washakie

Washakie

Ojai

Ojai

Grijala's new band

Grijala’s new band

Nye

Nye

Outlawlass and Helenium

Outlawlass and Helenium

Outlawlass

Outlawlass

Pele

Pele

Galaxy, Baja in the background

Galaxy, Baja in the background

Petite Colour

Petite Colour

Fools Gold and Pele

Fools Gold and Pele

Noble, June 2015

Noble, June 2015

Pride and Broken Bow, with Missoula in the background.

Pride and Broken Bow, with Missoula in the background.

Pride

Pride

Pride

Pride

Pride

Pride

Mescalero

Mescalero

Pride and Feldspar

Pride and Feldspar

Hernando

Hamlet

Tecumseh

Tecumseh

Cloud and Lobo

Cloud and Lobo

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Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

Olivia

Olivia

Halcyon

Halcyon

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Nimbus and McKeanhnie

Nimbus and McKeanhnie

London breeding LaBrava

London breeding LaBrava

LaBrava goes over to the bachelors

LaBrava goes over to the bachelors

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Japsers

Japsers

Jasper

Jasper

Jasper and his band

Jasper and his band

Jasper

Jasper

Kohl and Petite Colour

Kohl and Petite Colour

Cloud and London

Cloud and London

London, Moorcroft and Jupiter

London, Moorcroft and Jupiter

Cloud, London and Jupiter

Cloud, London and Jupiter

London and Jupiter

London and Jupiter

Cloud, London and Moorcroft

Cloud, London and Moorcroft

Docs

Docs

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Hernando and Niobrara

Hernando and Niobrara

Phoenix  with Niabrara and Hernado in the background

Phoenix with Niabrara and Hernado in the background

Warbonnet and Phoenix

Warbonnet and Phoenix

Horizon, Demure and Juniper

Horizon, Demure and Juniper

Juniper

Juniper

Fiesta

Fiesta

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2015 Pryor Foal # 10

Nova with her new little filly, Prima.  Photo by Kassi Renner

Nova with her new little filly, Prima. Photo by Kassi Renner

The 10th known foal born this year was born to the mare Nova.  The foal is a filly and has been named Prima.

Although Nova is just two, she looks healthy, and I am confident with the help of the other experienced mares (Hightail, Seneca and her mom, Kitalpha), this little star will have a bright future!

I personally would have a hard time finding a better bloodline combination as great as this.  The father of this foal is most likely Hidatsa, I saw him Kitalpha and Nova in mid-July last year.

Nova is the daughter of Kitalpha and Bristol.  Hidatsa is the son of Merlin and Sacajewa.

Thank you to Kassi Renner for the use of her photos!!

Hickok with his band.  Photo by Kassi Renner.

Hickok with his band. Photo by Kassi Renner.

Hidatsa, April 2012

Hidatsa, April 2012

Nova, September 7, 2013

Nova, September 7, 2013

Kitalpha, March, 2012

Kitalpha, March, 2012

March, 2012

Bristol and Kitalpha, March, 2012

Merlin, May 18, 2012

Merlin, May 18, 2012

Sacajewa

Sacajewa.  Photo by Laura Curtis.

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Mares from back to front: Hightail, Seneca, Kitalpha, Nova and Prima. Photo by Kassi Renner.

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

2015 Pryor Foal # 9

Petite Colour, Photo by Jack Sterling>

Petite Colour, Photo by Jack Sterling>

Wow,  words can not describe how happy I am about this foal.  I saw Kohl when she was just a few days old, with her mom, Quelle Colour and her father Lakota.  Kohl is Lakota’s last offspring.  The sire of this foal is Garay.   Many thanks to Jack Sterling for sending me these photos.  I can’t wait to see her in person.  She has been named Petite Colour, which I think is perfect!

Kohl is the 2010 daughter of Quelle Colour and Lakota.  Garay is the 2006 son of Mariposa and Conquistador.

Quelle Colour and Kohl, October, 2010

Quelle Colour and Kohl, October, 2010

Grijala and Kohl, July 2011.

Grijala and Kohl, July 2011.

Garay, September 2012

Garay, September 2012

Lakota at my campsite, July 2011

Lakota at my campsite, July 2011

Petite Colour and Kohl, Photo by Jack Sterling

Petite Colour and Kohl, Photo by Jack Sterling

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

2015 Pryor Foal # 8

Jackson, Gabrielle and Patterson.  Photo by Liz L.

Jackson, Gabrielle and Patterson. Photo by Liz L.

Photo by Jack Sterling

Photo by Jack Sterling

Patterson and Gabrielle.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Patterson and Gabrielle. Photo by Jack Sterling

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

The 8th known Pryor foal born this year is Patterson.  Patterson is the son of Gabrielle and Cappuncino. Thank you Liz L. and Jack Sterling for the photos!

Gabrielle is the 2006 daughter of Brumby and Jackson.  Cappucino is the 2002 son of Rosarita and Starbuck.

Gabrielle is currently with Jackson.

It seems that the personal politics of the mountain is raring its ugly head this year.  I try to stay out of it and simply go for the love of the horses and to share them with those that choose to go with me.   I’ve witnessed some things on the mountain and experienced first hand some unkind things done that I will not make public, those people know who they are, and if it involves a horse, I will go public and report them, but if it is something done to myself or my belongings, I will not be publicly naming the names of those involved.  I forgive the first incident, but I will be watching.

The horses have helped me through many hard times over the last several years, and I owe it to them to stay in a peaceful and loving state when I am with them, and also to try to transfer that to my life when I am off the mountain.

Since 2009, everyone who has been fortunate to see these horses in person, have freely shared them with everyone.  Most of us have our watermarks on them, some don’t.  I for one, do not care if some wants to use my photos, as long as they do not crop the watermark off.  But I have had a few cases of that, and I decided it was that the of image I post would not be big enough for anyone to reproduce for profit. After all, it is for the horses and sharing photos only gets the word out about this special herd, which is good, especially when we need to comment on their management.

Fortunately for all of us, there are still people out there that are willing to share for us all to see.  Thank you to those people.   I will be very glad when I am up there and can get photos myself, it won’t be long.

Sandy

Santa Fe and Cappuccino, July 2012

Santa Fe and Cappuccino, July 2012

Jasmine and Brumby, February 2013

Jasmine and Brumby, February 2013

Jackson, February, 2013

Jackson, February, 2013

Mescalero and Rosarita, July 2012

Mescalero and Rosarita, July 2012

2015 Pryor Foal # 7

Pride and Feldspar, May 31, 2015.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Pride and Feldspar, May 31, 2015. Photo by Jack Sterling

Feldspar and Pride, June 6, 2015

Feldspar and Pride, June 6, 2015

The 7th in reported order born this year is Pride.  Pride was born on May the 20th to the mare Feldspar and Cloud, and appears to be a colt.

Feldspar is the 2005 daughter of Rosarita and Starman.  Cloud is the 1995 son of Raven and Phoenix.  Feldspar is currently in Mescalero’s band.

Thank you Jack Sterling for sharing your photo with us, we all really appreciate your generosity in sharing your photos!  Jack has also given me some updated photos of the other foals born this year.  Click on those posts to see them!  Also thank you to 45 North Photography for the use of their photo!

I’ll be up there in 3 weeks for the summer to give you all updated photos and in person reports.

Sandy

Cloud, October, 2011

Cloud, October, 2011

Feldspar, July, 2012

Feldspar, July, 2011

Starman and Rosarita, October, 2010

Starman and Rosarita, October, 2010

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

2015 Pryor Foal # 6

Galena and Petra.  Photo by Jack Sterling.

Galena and Petra. Photo by Jack Sterling.

The sixth known foal to be born this year is Petra, a filly born to the mare Galena.  I am going to say this is a Doc foal, since he had this band since May of 2014.

Galena is the 2006 daughter of Blanca and Lakota.  Doc is the 2003 son of Winnemucca and Littlefoot.

Thank you Jack Sterling for sharing your photos, we all really appreciate it!

 

Galena, February 2013

Galena, February 2013

Broken Bow and Doc, June 17, 2012

Broken Bow and Doc, June 17, 2012

Petra.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Petra. Photo by Jack Sterling

2015 Pryor Foals, # 4 and 5.

Pele.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Pele. Photo by Jack Sterling

The fourth known Pryor foal born this year was discovered by Ginger of TCF.  This little filly was born to Fools Gold.  The sire could be Irial or Coronado, I’m leaning towards it being Coronado.  Coronado did have his family back in mid-June and kept them through mid-July of last year, when Irial claimed them again.  Currently they are in Irial’s band.

Fools Gold is the 2005 daughter of Amethyst and Shaman.  Coronado is the 1996 son of Isabella and Raven.  Irial is the 2008 so of Ireland and Prince.

The name of this new little one is, Pele.

Thank you Jack Sterling and 45 Degrees North for providing the photos for us to see.

Pele.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Pele. Photo by Jack Sterling

Pele, June 6, 2015.  Photo by 45 Degrees North

Pele, June 6, 2015. Photo by 45 Degrees North

Fools Gold and Pele.  Photo by Jack Sterling

Fools Gold and Pele. Photo by Jack Sterling

Fools Gold and Kiva, August 1, 2012

Fools Gold and Kiva, August 1, 2012

Coronado

Coronado

Irial and London, 2012

Irial and London, 2012

Perry, Photo by Kristen Collett

Parry, Photo by Kristen Collett

The fifth known Pryor Foal born has been born to Fresia and most likely Hidalgo.  Also discovered by TCF, this little colt has been named Parry.

Fresia is the 2005 daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  Hidalgo is the 2007 son of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  Umm..looks like there has been some inbreeding with this one.  Hope he remains healthy, or perhaps it is not Hidalgos, which would be even better.

Fresia and Perry.  Photo by Kristen Collett

Fresia and Parry. Photo by Kristen Collett

Hidalgo, July 30, 2012

Hidalgo, July 30, 2012

Looking forward to watching these little ones grow.  Thank you to Jack Sterling for providing the photos!!

Sandy

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

May 2015 on Burnt Timber, Grateful.

Galaxy, May 10, 2015

Galaxy, May 10, 2015

It has been many months since I have been to the mountain.  Many of you have been contacting me and asking if I was okay.  I have gone through some major changes in my life over the last 10 months, but I am great, very happy and looking forward to watching a new chapter in my life unfold.

Sunset at the Monster Lake Ranch, May 9, 2015

Sunset at the Monster Lake Ranch, May 9, 2015

As I watched the sunset out my window at the Monster Lake Ranch, I found myself becoming impatient for the next day to come.  I would be heading up Burnt Timber early the next morning.  Even though I had been away from the mountain since late August, 2014, I still felt very connected to the mountain and the horses.  They are deep in my heart and soul, and all I need to do is think of them and I am on the mountain.  They have helped me through many things in life, and I am grateful to them.

The next morning, my friend Meg and I would be there with them.  I know I have said this in previous posts for this time of year, but I never head up the mountain hoping to see any particular horse or band.  I don’t spend my days searching for one horse, I simply let the day unfold how it was meant to be, and take in the beauty of each and every horse that decides to show themselves to me.

Galadrial and Oceana in snow flakes, May 10, 2015

Galadrial and Oceana in snow flakes, May 10, 2015

We were about 3.5 miles up Burnt Timber around 8 am that morning.  We had not seen any horses yet.  Something caught my eye to the left.  There were several horses quite aways away.  I looked through my binoculars and realize it was Jackson’s band.  But I could not spot Jackson.  Then my heart sunk as I spotted the stallion Doc with them.

Doc had taken Jackson band last spring at this time, but I had learned that Jackson had gotten them back again, over the winter.  But it was now obvious, that Doc had once again taken his band, and I felt sad once again, for Jackson, and hoped he was doing okay.

Doc and Band, May, 2015

Doc and Band, May, 2015

We continued heading up the mountain.  Just as we entered into what is known as “Cheyenne Flats”, we were presented with Galaxy and his band.  I quickly noticed that Maia and her colt Odyssey were not with them.  I emailed Ryan at the BLM and he informed me that they are with Jupiter over on Sykes Ridge.  Odyssey is Galaxy’s first and only foal, and I hope they are able to stay safe away from this magnificent stallions careful watch.  Galaxy has had this band since he took them from Prince in the spring of 2012.  Since that time, I have watched with admiration and amazement at how great of a band stallion he has become.  But not too surprised, as he is the son of Lakota, who was one of the best on the mountain.  He has inherited Lakota’s caring and strong characteristics.

I am going to apologize right now, but I did not get many photos of the band members that were still with him: Hera, Ireland, Limerick and Pococeno.  For I was so taken with Galaxy’s incredible beauty and the striking poses he gave to us.  The light was incredible and the surrounding beauty that surrounded us only made these photos more beautiful.

Hera and Ireland

Hera and Ireland

Galaxy

Galaxy

Limerick

Limerick looking a bit round?

Limerick

Limerick

Galaxy’s focus became intent past us and to the left.  I have been watching these horses for several years, and immediately recognized that he was probably looking at some other horse or horses nearby.  I turned in the direction of his gaze and saw Jackson walk out of the trees.  He was thinner than he looked a month or so ago when I saw him in a photo with his band.  He also had a nasty looking wound on his upper left leg.  It will most likely heal fine, I have seen worse then have.  There are no flies to bother it this time of year, which should make healing easier.  It looked to me like Doc had taken a nasty bite out of his leg.  He did not seem to be limping. That night I emailed both Ryan and Jared about his wound so they could keep an eye on him.

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Jackson

Jackson

Galaxy hurried over to greet Jackson, but there was no kicking or biting, only a greeting of respect, for this band stallion icon.  Similar to what I witnessed several years ago with Jackson and Lakota.

Galaxy heads over to greet Jackson

Galaxy heads over to greet Jackson

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Lakota's son, Galaxy greets Jackson

Lakota’s son, Galaxy greets Jackson

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Jacksons wound

Jacksons wound

Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the PryorsAfter a few brief minutes, Jackson turned and continued walking and Galaxy returned to his band.Wild in the Pryors

Hundreds of Galaxy pictures later, we decided to continue up the mountain.  Our next group was the band who I named Fleetwood Mac.  This band consisted of one mare, Nimbus and two to three stallions: Knight, Inali and sometimes London.  London was not with the group, but today they had added yet another band member, Malstrom.  He was clearly part of the group, very much accepted.  It will be interesting to see how long this lasts.

The one thing that I really noticed was how much Knight had matured.  He has grown into a handsome stallion, built very much like his father Cappuccino.  His story reminds us of how strong these wild ones are.  Orphaned at 6 months, survived and now is a band stallion.  I am at awe with his story, and so very proud of him.

Knight leads the way with Nimbus, Malstrom and Inali behind.

Knight leads the way with Nimbus, Malstrom and Inali behind.

Knight

Knight

Knight, Nimbus, Malstrom and Inali

Knight, Nimbus, Malstrom and Inali

My SD carded ran out of space (too many Galaxy photos??!), and I had to do a small hike back up the road to get another.  I was disappointed, but this crew had galloped into the woods, clearly just running because they could.  They had made it through the winter looking good and were simply enjoying life on the mountain.

As luck would have it, once I replaced my card, I caught a horse running in the trees to my right.  It was just a flash, but I was sure it was Tecumseh.  He was chasing Fleetwood Mac, and behind him were Galadrial and her foal Oceana.  I had not seen Oceana yet, she was born in late September.  It was so good to finally meet her!

Galadrial and Oceana, May 10, 2015

Galadrial and Oceana, May 10, 2015

I was really pleased to see how healthy Tecumseh looked.  He had no open wounds and his weight was good.  He looked better than I had seen him since Gringo took his band from him in June 2012.  He also was clearly a good band stallion again.  Very protective and watchful.

Tecumseh, Galadrial and Oceana, May 10, 2015

Tecumseh, Galadrial and Oceana, May 10, 2015

Gringo was down to just one mare now, Beulah.  He seemed content with this, and while he approached and grazed near and with Tecumseh and band, there was only one brief encounter.  It was Tecumseh who initiated the move.  The did some brief boxing and then returned to their grazing.  Little miss Oceana marched right up with her daddy and watched the boxing.  She is a very outgoing and fun little girl.  I look forward to watching her grow up on the mountain.

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Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Wild in the Pryors Continuing up the mountain just a short way was Mescalaro and his band, with a new member, Feldspar.  She was part of the band, which included her mother, Rosarita and sister Half Moon.  Half Moon looks to be pregnant, I hope I am right, she has only one offspring on the mountain right now, Missoula, it would be good for her to have another.

Half Moon and Broken Bow

Half Moon and Broken Bow

Feldspar

Feldspar

And just as fast as they exited a short way down the road, the Fleetwood Mac band barged into this area.  This band very much reminds me of how the Odd Couple (Horizon, Fiesta and Juniper) were when they first formed their band.  Then the wise and beautiful mare Tonapah joined them and showed them the way of the mountain, and peace and stability took over for them.  I wonder if an older mare will step in to help this band as well.

Nimbus does not look pregnant to me, but she is so tiny, she may be.  If she foaled, I am not sure how that would unfold.  She is a very young inexperience young mare with 3 stallions.  I hope I am right and she is not.

Nimbus watches Missoula

Nimbus watches Missoula

Missoula has grown into a confident young stallion, he is three this year, and as I watched him, I wondered why Mescalero had not kicked him out.  If Mescalero does not kick him out soon, he may have trouble doing so in another year.  Right now, Mescalero has easy authority over him, but give him another year, and he will have a hard time telling this young stallion what to do.

I watched Missoula go over to spar with the Fleetwood Mac boys, he was allowed to do this for a while, but then Mescalero stepped in and reminded him where his place was.

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Knight watches the boys play, but never joins in.

Knight watches the boys play, but never joins in.

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Nimbus, Knight and Malstrom

Nimbus, Knight and Malstrom

Malstom

Malstom

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Mescalero tells Missoula it is time to come home.

Mescalero tells Missoula it is time to come home.

Fleetwood Mac Band takes off on yet another adventure.

Fleetwood Mac Band takes off on yet another adventure.

It started to snow again, as we traveled further up the road.  I wasn’t sure if I would see another band up this high, we were past the old horse trap area and about 2 miles from the top.  I looked ahead and saw some fresh horse manure in the road, and at about the same time, I saw some horses to the right of me in the woods.  It was Jasper with his new band!

Jasper, May 10, 2015

Jasper, May 10, 2015

Last summer, I wrote that I watched Jasper “taking notes”.  I felt this young stallion would be trying for a band soon.  I was right, but his collection of mares was one he clearly worked on, and did it well.  He did not step in and take over just one band, he collected mares from 3 different bands.  They all seemed to be adjusting well with the change.  His band consisted of:  Millicent (Garcia’s band), Lariet and Oklahoma (last seen with Horizon’s band) and Ketchikan and her foal Okiotak (from Gringo’s band).

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Lariat looked extremely thin, but she has looked very thin for a year now.  While he seemed small, her little colt Oklahoma seemed to be doing just fine.  Another testament to the extreme will to survive with these wild horses.  Hope the summer is good to them both and they can put on some much-needed weight.

Milicent was the most watchful of the group.  Her father, Garcia is one of the wildest on the Pryors.  He taught her well to be cautious and observing of her surroundings.

Ketchikan and little Okiotak looked good.  Was Ketchikan pregnant again?  She is one that I am never sure of.  I hope she is not.  Okiotak was born  in October, and unless she was bred immediately, that means she would have another late foal.

Lariat

Lariat

Jasper and band

Jasper’s and band

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Jasper and band

Jasper and band

Oklahoma and Okiotak play

Oklahoma and Okiotak play

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Jasper with Okiotak and Oklahoma

Jasper with Okiotak and Oklahoma

Okiotak

Okiotak

Ketchikan and Okiotak

Ketchikan and Okiotak

Ketchikan and Okiotak

Ketchikan and Okiotak

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Jasper

Jasper

We left them to sleep in the sun that was now shinning.  I began to wonder if I would make it to the top of the mountain.  My answer was waiting just a short way up the road.  I was about 1/2 mile from the top when I ran into a huge drift in the road.  It would be the end of the road for this day.  I parked Ophelia and hiked around to take in the beauty that surrounded me.

I don’t usually bring a dog with me to the mountain, but this time I had to include my corgi, Dover.  He did well, and he was so small, it did not even seem to interest the horses one bit.  Dover is also used to being around horses, and he did not give them a second glance either.

Ophelia

Ophelia

Walking about 1/2 mile from mountain top

Walking about 1/2 mile from mountain top

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Sandy and Dover hiking through the snow

Sandy and Dover hiking through the snow

We turned around and started back down the mountain, passing a sleeping Jasper band along the way.

Stopping to have a look around, I spotted Hernando and his band.  He was down one member from last fall.  Malestrom was no longer with them.  But Phoenix, Warbonnet and Niobrara were still there.  They all seemed to be doing well.

Sandy and Dover looking for horses

Sandy and Dover looking for horses

Herando and band

Herando and band

Hernando and band

Hernando and band

Back down on Cheyenne Flats, I saw Doc with Jackson’s band.  They had traveled a few miles up the mountain since I had seen them in the early morning of this day.  It was nice to see them up closer.

Teceumseh and his band was there along with a much smaller Duke band.  Duke was now down to 4 members, he had with him, Aurora, Helenium and Outlawlass.  Outlawlass went over to visit with Oceana.  The stayed by each other grazing.  There was a peacefulness to this open area, I inhaled it deeply.  It was good to be back on the mountain.

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Docs

Docs

Jasmine

Jasmine

Nye

Nye

Docs

Docs

Dukes

Dukes

Dukes

Dukes

Dukes

Dukes

Outlawlass with Tecumseh band.

Outlawlass with Tecumseh band.

Outlawlass with Oceana

Outlawlass with Oceana

We left the horses and made our way back down the mountain.  Heading up the road early this morning, I had no idea what I would see, but we had seen over 50 horses (some spotted over on Sykes).  I felt grateful for those that had shown themselves to me.

I am looking forward to my summer here on the mountain.  Introducing people from all over the world to this special herd of horses.  I feel very fortunate to be able to do this.

I have 1 (maybe 2) spots left in my last trip of the summer.  Click 2015 to go to that post and see the dates.  I have also released my 2016 dates.  Click on 2016, to go to that post.

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