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2016, Name Game, The “Q” Year

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Ireland and Pegasus, July 4, 2015

It’s time for the Forth Annual Wild In The Pryors, “Name Game”!  This is the post where any of you can suggest names for the 2016 foals born in the Pryors.  Of course, like on all the previous years, I can not guarantee that they will be used, but it will be fun to list them, and I do know that every time I discovered a foal, I came to this post to look at all of the suggestions.  And if you can, please include the meaning for the name, it would be very helpful to know that when deciding which name should go with whatever mare/band had the foal.

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the Q year.  So please feel free to list your ideas in the comment section of this post.  To read more about this system and why we use names, please refer to my Name Game post that I did last in 2013.  Click on Name Game to go there.

I am looking forward to reading all of your suggestions!  If someone else has already posted your name idea, please list it again anyway.  It will be fun to see what the most popular name suggestions are!  Thank you!

Sandy

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Pegasus, July 4, 2015

First Pryor Foal of 2016

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Bella and Quiera, born on 2-2-2016

Earlier this week, I received an email from my friend Cedric.   Cedric was emailing to share the news of a new Pryor foal that was born.

Cedric and his family live in France.   He and his family joined me on the mountain for a camping trip in 2014, where we all became good friends.  Before that trip and after, we have kept in close contact, I hope they can join me again one day, or perhaps I can journey over to France to visit them and see these beautiful horses in person.

Cedric has his own little band of Pryor Horses in France.  In March of 2014 their mare Bella gave birth to the first Pryor foal born in Europe.  I published a post about that birth, you can read it by clicking on BELLA.  

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Targa and Bella in France

The stallion, Targa is the son of Starbuck, the mare Bella was born in captivity, and is the granddaughter of Shaman.  You can read more about their history by clicking on the above link.

So once again, a new little Pryor Horse is born in Europe, only the second one, and the first Pryor foal of 2016.  I find it so amazing how cherished these horses are, but have no doubt why they are.

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Bella and little Quiera

So welcome little girl.  Keeping with the 2016 theme of the letter Q for all Pryor foals born this year, Cedric has named this little one, Quiera.  In Spanish the meaning is, “to feel affection for, or to love”.  What a beautiful name, and I know she is very loved by her family.

Thank you Cedric for sharing this wonderful news!

Sandy

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Quiera

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Bella and Quiera

 

A December Foal Is Born

A new foal was born on the mountain to the mare Labrava and stallion Irial.

Labrava is the 2011 daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado.

This little one was discovered by Nancy from the Pryor Mountain Mustang Center and Kristen.  The foal appears to be a few weeks old, so sometime between the first and second week of December is most likely her birth.  The foal has been named Pilar, which is Spanish for Pillar.

Thank you Jack for emailing and allowing me to use these photos to share. Jack feels the foal is a filly, so welcome little girl!

Labrava has had two very unusual foal births. This late season foal, and the foal that was stolen in July 2013.

If you have been following my blog, you will remember the post I did about a birth of a foal right outside my tent on the morning of  July 9,2013.  That was LaBrava’s first foal, Nacer and due to circumstances beyond either ones control, little Nacer only lived for about 30 hours.  If you would like to read more about Nacer, you can click on LABRAVA to go to that post.

Although this is a very unusual time for a wild foal to be born, little Pilar looks to be a sturdy one, born into a band of strong mares, she has an excellent chance of growing old on the mountain.  I am keeping a positive stance, that she will survive and thrive.

Sandy

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Summer 2015, Part 2

View from the top of them mountain in June, 2015

View from the top of them mountain in June, 2015

I have had several people email me and ask if I was not going to be on the mountain doing tours all summer next year.  So I need to clarify that, and I apologize for the misunderstanding.

I will once again be on the mountain all summer next year giving tours.  My tours are all 4 day now, but if you have 4 people who would like to do a 3 day instead, contact me as soon as possible, and I may be able to work something out.  Click on Camping to find out more information.

The photos below are still of my first June Trip!

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Amethyst

Amethyst

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

Blue Moons

Blue Moons

Miocene

Miocene

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon

Halcyon

Halcyon and Olivia

Halcyon and Olivia

McKeahnie and Nimbus

McKeahnie and Nimbus

Jasper, Knight, McKeahnie and Nimbus

Jasper, Knight, McKeahnie and Nimbus

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Jasper

Jasper

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Nickel and London

Nickel and London

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Sequoyah

Jasper

Jasper

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Baja's

Baja’s

Baja's

Baja’s

Galaxy

Galaxy

Petite Colour and Kohl

Petite Colour and Kohl

Garay's

Garay’s

Meriweather

Meriweather

Garay's

Garay’s

Jupiter and Cloud

Jupiter and Cloud

Jupiter and Cloud

Jupiter and Cloud

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Cloud, Jupiter and Odessey

Cloud, Jupiter and Odessey

Jupiter, Odessey (Oro) and Maia

Jupiter, Odessey (Oro) and Maia

Inali

Inali

Cloud

Cloud

Cloud and London

Cloud and London

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London

London

London and Jupiter

London and Jupiter

Morning Star

Morning Star

London, Moorcroft and Cloud

London, Moorcroft and Cloud

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Phoenix and Warbonnet

Phoenix and Warbonnet

Hernando and Niobrara

Hernando and Niobrara

Hernando and Niobrara

Hernando and Niobrara

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Warbonnet

Warbonnet

Warbonnet

Warbonnet

Phoenix

Phoenix

Niobrara

Niobrara

Demure and Juniper

Demure and Juniper

Juniper

Juniper

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Demure

Horizon, Demure and Juniper

Horizon, Demure and Juniper

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.

IMG_8918 A small miracle did occur, 3 of the bachelors moved to the left, but London stayed behind.

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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

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

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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Sandy

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.

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

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

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

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

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