Wild in the Pryors

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Lakota’s Gift, 2015

Lakota, July, 2011

Lakota, July, 2011

Last year was the first year that I award a free camping trip with me to a young person who could carry on their passion of the wild horses and share it with others their age.  I named it “Lakota’s Gift” to honor my favorite wild horse who died in the summer of 2012.  Lakota gave so much to me in such a short time, that I felt I needed to give back to another person who had never seen these horses before. You can read about who those who were chosen last year by clicking on GIFT 1.

This year the free camping trip goes to Abbie Branchflower.  I asked Abbie to write a bit about herself so below is her story.

I am looking forward to meeting you Abbie, and congratulations.   If anyone is interested in apply for the summer of 2016, please send me you application (about why I should choose you), to wildinthepryors@aol.com.

Sandy

Abbie

Abbie

“Hi, my name is Abbie and I’m ecstatic to have been given the opportunity to see the Pryor Mustangs in person this summer! I graduated magna cum laude from Delaware Valley College in May 2014 with a major in Equine Science and a minor in English Literature. I currently work at a local animal hospital and will be pursuing a Masters or PhD in the field of Equine Health.

I was born in the U.K. across from Ascot Racecourse so my parents have always said that horses were probably the first thing I smelled! My family moved first to Canada (where I became bilingual in French), and then ten years later, to Connecticut. I have always had a passion for horses in every form and have experience working at stables, volunteering at riding for the disabled organizations and foaling out mares. At age sixteen I got my own horse and love caring for him! In high school I co-founded and ran C.A.N.T.E.R. (Charitable Acts in Newtown Towards Equine Rescue) and was honored to receive the Humane Society’s Shaw-Worth Scholarship in my senior year.  Naturally, I went to college to pursue my passion for horses. In my junior year I was selected as 1 of 2 Equine Science students to attend a semester at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, England where I interned at the Equine Therapy Centre. In my senior year of college I was presented with the Equine Science Award.

I am a big believer in protecting and preserving America’s mustangs and am interested in research into preserving bloodlines for the long-term health of the herds, especially a herd as unique as the Pryors. I have engaged in many campaigns to protect the mustangs, including writing letters, making presentations and designing shirts for sale to benefit the Pryor Mustangs. As an Equine Science major I focused on the effects of PZP on isolated populations of mustangs and spent hours reading all the information I could get my hands on.

I love photography and am very excited to try my hand at photographing the gorgeous Pryor mustangs. I follow any and all information on the herd, and though I haven’t seem them (yet!) in person, I feel deeply connected to these horses. Some of the mustangs I have felt particularly drawn to through following the herd (not including this year’s foals!) include: Firestorm, Feldspar, Jupiter, Demure, Hailstorm, Mica, Fool’s Gold, Medicine Bow, Fiesta, Horizon and Juniper.”

Abbie

Lakota, May 2012.

Lakota, May 2012.

 

Jackson Update, February, 2015

From Left to Right:  Firestorm and Okomi with Hertiage and Jackson on the right.  Photo taken by Jack Sterling on February 7, 2015

From Left to Right: Firestorm and Okomi with Hertiage and Jackson on the right. Photo taken by Jack Sterling on February 7, 2015

Jackson was spotted with a few of his former mares this past weekend.  Jack Sterling, a frequent visitor to the range spotted them about 3 miles up Burnt Timber road.  Thank you Jack for sharing your photo.

Firestorm looks thin, but for the last several years, she seems to look this way this time of year.  Obviously pregnant, it takes a lot of her during the winter.  I am hoping Heritage is pregnant this year.  Depending on when and if she foals, will give us a good idea whether it is Doc’s foal or Jackson’s.  Jackson lost his band to Doc in May last year.  His weight looks really good compared to last year at this time.

This report makes me really happy.  Jackson is an amazing and caring stallion, I am so happy that he has some of his mares back.  The one question that remains:  Will his very devoted mare Brumby be joining him soon?  I look forward to finding out the answer.

Sandy

Jackson, February 2014

Jackson, February 2014

Jackson:  February 18, 2014

Jackson: February 18, 2014

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

PZP UPDATE, January, 2015

Gracianna and her 2014 foal, Odakota.  July, 2014.

Gracianna and her 2014 foal, Odakota. July, 2014.

Below is information pertaining to a revised PZP program.  You can go to the BLM/Billings website to view it there as well.  Click on BLM to go there.

I am going to throughly read and think through this proposal before I send in my comment.  I encourage everyone to do the same.

We can use this post as a discussion forum if you have any questions, I will do my best to find the answers for you.

Thank you,

Sandy

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Odakota, July 2014

Odakota, July 2014

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The above document is available for you to view and download at the BLM website.

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

2015, The Name Game

Odakota, Nickle and Outlawlass, July 2014.

Odakota, Nickle and Outlawlass, July 2014.

It is time for the Third Annual Wild In The Pryors, “Name Game”!  This is the post where any of you can suggest names for the 2015 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.

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the P 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!

Sandy

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

2015, Who Will Have Foals This Year?

Outlawlass, June 2014

Outlawlass, June 2014

This year has gone by so fast, it is already time for Wild In The Pryors  4th annual “Who Will Have Foals” post.  This is based off of the current PZP (birth control) program and include those mares who should not have been given the drug.  Of course, not all of these mares may foal and then, like every year, there will most likely be a few surprises.

This year the window of “Non-PZP” are the mares born from 2004-2009.  I will be including those from 2010 as well.  The 2010mares are a maybe.

Last year gave us many surprises.  This year the list is long, with a possible 28 mares falling into this group (including the 2010 mares).

So here we go:

DRYHEAD

1.  Kitalpha, born in 2010, daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  She was with Hidatsa for part of last summer, so I am hoping if she is pregnant, it will be a Kitalpha/Hidatsa foal.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect match.  She has been seen with a few other Dryhead stallions since then.

Kitalpha, July 2014

Kitalpha, July 2014

Kitalpha with Hidatsa, July, 2014

Kitalpha with Hidatsa, July, 2014

2.  Jewel, born in 2009, daughter of Waif and Corona.  Jewel was with Hawk in April, then several other stallions throughout the rest of the year.

Jewel with Hawk and Mercuria, April, 2014

Jewel with Hawk and Mercuria, April, 2014

3.  Icara, born in 2008, daughter of Waif and Corona.  She was with Fools Crow last spring and summer.

Icara, August 2013

Icara, August 2013

4.  Halo, born in 2009, daughter of Waif and Corona.  She was with Hawk and Fools Crow last spring, then with Hidatsa in July.

Halo, April, 2014

Halo, April, 2014

5.  Fresia, born in 2005, daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  Fresia was with Hidalgo last spring and summer.

Fresia, August 2013

Fresia, August 2013

Mountain Top

1.  Halcyon, born in 2007, daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado.  Currently in Blue Moon’s Band.

Halcyon and Olivia, July 2014.

Halcyon and Olivia, July 2014.

2.  Isadora, born in 2008, daughter of Rosarita and Starman.  Currently in Blue Moon’s band. Isadora, had a foal in 2011, Lemhi.  Lemhi died in the winter of 2011-12.  I would love to see her have another one.

Isadora with her mom, Rosarita and her last known living foal, Lemhi, born in 2011.  This photo is from July 2011.

Isadora with her mom, Rosarita and her last known living foal, Lemhi, born in 2011. This photo is from July 2011.

3. Gabrielle, born in 2006, daughter of Brumby and Jackson.  Currently in Cappuccino’s band.  Her known foal was born in 2013.

Cappucino and Gabrielle, July 2011

Cappucino and Gabrielle, July 2011

4.  Fiasco, born in 2005, daughter of Topper Too and Chino.  Fiasco is currently in Custer’s band.  She did not have a foal last year.  I am hoping she has one this year.

Fiasco, July 2014

Fiasco, July 2014

5.  Fools Gold, born in 2005, daughter of Amethyst and Shaman.   Fools Gold did not have a foal last year.  She was with the Coronado, until Irial stole the band in mid-July, 2014.

Fools Gold, July 2014

Fools Gold, July 2014

6.  Graciana, born in 2006, daughter of Bacardi and Baja.  Graciana is currently in Duke’s band.

Gracianna and her 2014 foal, Odakota.  July, 2014.

Gracianna and her 2014 foal, Odakota. July, 2014.

7.  Helenium, born in 2007, daughter of Rosebud and Sandman.  Helenium is currently in Duke’s band.

Helenium and Outlawlass, August 2014.

Helenium and Outlawlass, August 2014.

8. Hera, born in 2007, daughter of Audobon and Morning Star.  Hera is currently in Galaxy’s band.  Hera has not had a foal since she has been with Galaxy.  I would love to see a Galaxy, Hera foal this year.

Hera (on the right), with her daughter Maia and Maia's foal, Odyssey.  July 2014

Hera (on the right), with her daughter Maia and Maia’s foal, Odyssey. July 2014

9.  Greta, born in 2006, daughter of Belle Starr and Chino.  Greta is currently in Garcia’s band.

Greta, August, 2013

Greta, August, 2013

10. Jacinta, born in 2009, daughter of Rosebud and possibly Tecumseh.  She has been with Garay since the spring of 2014.

Jacinta, August 2014

Jacinta, August 2014

11. Galadrial, born in 2006, daughter of Atlantis and Duke.  Galadrial is currently in Gringo/Tecumseh band. (although she and Tecumseh were missing from the band a short while ago).

Galadrial, August 2014

Galadrial, August 2014

12.  Ketchikan, born in 2010, daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots.  She had a late foal in October, 2014.

Ketchikan, August 2014

Ketchikan, August 2014

13.  Kohl, born in 2010, daughter of Quelle Colour and Lakota.  Yes, I am hoping for this one.  She has been with Garay since, June of 2013.

Kohl, August 2014

Kohl, August 2014

14.  Juniper, born in 2009, daughter of Sapo and Bolder.  Juniper is currently in Horizon/Fiesta’s band.

Juniper, July 2014

Juniper, July 2014

15.  Jasmine, born in 2009, she has been with the band stallion Doc, since spring of 2014.

Jasmine, August, 2014

Jasmine, August, 2014

16.  Firestorm, born in 2005, daughter of Scarlett and Cloud.  She is currently in Doc’s band.

Firestorm, July, 2014

Firestorm, July, 2014

17.  Heritage, born in 2007, daughter of Lakota and Warbonnet.  She is currently in Doc’s band.  Yes, I am hoping for this one too.  It should be noted, that I witnessed Heritage have a 24 hour fling with Custer, in late August, so if she has a July foal, it could be Custer’s.

Hertiage, February, 2013

Hertiage, February, 2013

18.  Galena, born in 2006, daughter of Blanca and Lakota.  Galena is currently in Doc’s band.

Galena, July 2014

Galena, July 2014

19.  Half Moon, born in 2007, daughter of Rosarita and Starman.  Half Moon is currently in Mescalero’s band.

Half Moon, July 2014

Half Moon, July 2014

20.  Hataalii, born in 2007, daughter of Sapo and Shaman.  Hataalii is currently in Morning Star’s band.

Hataalii and Foal, May 4, 2014

Hataalii and Foal, May 4, 2014

21.  Hailstorm, born in 2007, daughter of Aztec and Cloud.  She is currently in Morning Star’s band.

Hailstorm, September 2013

Hailstorm, September 2013

22. Gaelic Princess, born in 2006, daughter of Ireland and Prince.  She is currently in Morning Star’s band.

Gaelic Princess , August, 2012

Gaelic Princess , August, 2012

23.  Feldspar, born in 2005, daughter of Rosarita and Starman.  Feldspar is currently in Cloud’s band.

Feldspar and Ohanzee, August, 2014

Feldspar and Ohanzee, August, 2014

24.  Inocentes, born in 2008, daughter of Fiasco and Baja.  Inocentes is currently in Cloud’s band.

Inocentes (foreground)  with Cloud and Feldspar, July 2014

Inocentes (foreground) with Cloud and Feldspar, July 2014

 

My next post will be “The Name Game”, giving everyone an opportunity to suggest names for these new foals.  Remember, it is a “P” year and please try to suggest names fitting to the mare and/or stallion.  Some past names have very apparent themes, so we try to stick with those.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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.

Grijala

Grijala, August, 2012

Grijala, August, 2012

When I started this blog in February, 2012, I was planning, every once in a while, to post a blog on just one horse.  Touch base with their history and share what experiences I have had with them.

Somehow, besides just a few, I have not followed through with that.  2015 is a new year, and I vowed I would once more highlight a horse.  I won’t be able to do this in the summer months (as I will be camping for most all of it on the top of the mountain), but I will give you these stories during the winter months.

I am going to start with a horse, that in 2011, took the band from my favorite wild horse, Lakota.  I never thought I would want to highlight this horse or turn a focus on him, he was after all the one that I felt contribuated to the death of Lakota.  But as all things in life, time heals wounds, and I find myself thinking a lot about Grijala, I even felt a pull towards him this last summer.  I can’t explain why, but each and every time I saw him, I felt a smile come to my face.  For whatever reason, he has been especially on my mind this winter, and so I decided to share with you Grijala’s story like I know it.

Grijala, October 2010

Grijala, October 2010, near the Big Ice Cave

I first came to know Grijala in 2010.  I had heard about him during the 2009 roundup, but never saw him then, which was good, because every horse that called the Custer National Forest their home, was rounded up and taken off their land.  There were a few that escaped that gather.   Grijala was one of those.

Born in 2006 to Conquistador and Cavalitta (both removed in 2009), Grijalla lived and thrived in the Custer Forest.  He is bigger than many of the other stallions, and part of me wonders if this is due to the fact that he did reside in the National Forest, where there is an abundance of forage.

The first time I saw Grijala, he was with his brother Hernando, just about 1/4 mile from the Big Ice Cave.  It was in October.  I remember that day well, it was the day that they finished the new fence that would lock out the horses from the Custer Forest.  But as I headed down the mountain that day with tears in my eyes, I saw these two still on the land that they were ban from.

Grijala and Hernando, October 2010.  Just above the Big Ice Cave.

Grijala and Hernando, October 2010. Just above the Big Ice Cave.

I am not quite sure how they got them back on the range, but the next time I saw Grijala, was in July 2011, and he very much on the existing horse range, right by my tent in fact, fighting with Lakota to claim his band.

Grijala and Lakota with part of Lakota's band in the early morning light of late July, 2011.

Grijala and Lakota with part of Lakota’s band in the early morning light of late July, 2011.

Kohl, Knight, Jenny and Grijala, July 2011

Kohl, Knight, Jenny and Grijala, July 2011

Lakota, Knight, Grijala and Kohl, July 2011

Lakota, Knight, Grijala and Kohl, July 2011

I watched this story unfold for several days while I was there.  I was concerned for the wounds that both these horses had (I later learned this is where Garay lost part of his ear, he was one of the horses that was challenging Lakota).  These fights weren’t for fun, their wounds were deep and oozing.

Lakota and Grijala

Lakota and Grijala

Kohl, Knight, Grijala and Lakota

Kohl, Knight, Grijala and Lakota

Grijala, 2011

Grijala, 2011

Knight, July 2011

Knight, July 2011

Lakota

Lakota

Grijala and Jenny, 2011

Grijala and Jenny, 2011

Grijala and Kohl, 2011

Grijala and Kohl, 2011

Grijala started to collect several mares, when I saw him in March 2012, he had one more with him,  Kachina.  But, Jenny was now gone, with the stallion Doc, I believe.  Knight, the young orphaned colt, was still with him as well, but shortly after this, Grijala kicked him out.

 

Here is a video I did with footage from 2010-2011.  Grijala is in it with Lakota, filmed in 2011.

Grijala, March 2012

Grijala, March 2012

 

Grijala and his band, March, 2012

Grijala and his band, March, 2012

By May 2012, Grijala had added several more to his band.  Oddly enough, the mares had names that all began with the letter “K”.  I labeled his band members, “The Special K’s”.  With him now, were:  Kachina, Katrina, Kohl and Quelle Colour (which sounds like it begins with “K”.)

Quelle Colour and Grijala, May 2012

Quelle Colour and Grijala, May 2012

Kohl and Kachina, May 2012

Kohl and Kachina, May 2012

Katrina, May 2012

Katrina, May 2012

Kachina, May 2012

Kachina, May 2012

Katrina, Kohl and Kachina, May 2012

Katrina, Kohl and Kachina, May 2012

Just before I arrived in June for my first camping trip of the year, I learned that Lakota was dogging and challenging Grijala for his band.  By the time I arrived, Lakota had broken his front right leg, and Grijala had acquired a few more “K”s.  Now, not only did Grijala have the other K’s I saw in May, but he had added a couple more, Kindra and Kalahari.    Now his band consisted of:  Kindra, Kalahari, Kohl, Kachina, Katrina and Quelle Colour.

Part of the "Special K" band, June 2012

Part of the “Special K” band, June 2012

Lakota watches them from above, June 2012

Lakota watches them from above, June 2012

Lakota watching Grijala, June 2012.

Lakota watching Grijala, June 2012.

Grijala and Katrina, June 2012

Grijala and Katrina, June 2012

Garay and Grijala, June 2012

Garay and Grijala, June 2012

Grijala, June 2012

Grijala, June 2012

Life went on for Grijala and his band, in July 2012, but life ended for Lakota in this month.  Grijala did not know it, but in the following month, his life would change too.

Kalahari, Grijala and Kachina, June 2012

Kalahari, Grijala and Kachina, July 2012

The last removal operated by the BLM in Billings, MT was in the summer of 2012.  It started on the mountain top in late July.   I watched in the last few days of July and the first few in August, the removal of several horses.  It was a painful thing to watch, family bands being stripped apart.

Grijala’s band would be one that would take a hard hit, with the removal of several of his “Special K’s”.  He would lose Kachina, Katrina and Kalahari.

The removal was handled well, I respected Jared and Ryan with how they handled the horses.  One of the things they did was to quietly capture each band at a time.  This was a bait trap removal, which meant that several pens were set up and the horses were captured by placing “bait” or treats of hay and mineral blocks in the pens.  From there, the horses were taken according to a well thought out removal process, based on history and lineage, which horses would be removed.

However, Grijala was in a panic as he watched his band members captured.  He was unaware that he would be getting some back.  But at this minute in time, he thought he was losing them all.  I watched him go from calmly standing guard by the pen they were in, to frantically racing around as they loaded some in the trailers.

Grijala keeps watch over his mares, August 2012

Grijala keeps watch over his mares, August 2012

Grijala, August 2012, calling for his mares that are being loaded.

Grijala, August 2012, calling for his mares that are being loaded.

Grijala

Grijala

Grijala in a panic.

Grijala in a panic.

Grijala

Grijala

At the end of that day, he would be left with Kohl, Quelle Colour, and Kalahari.  But Kalahari would be removed the next day.  Kindra had been stolen by Garay in all the confusion.  His band of Special K’s were now down to just Kohl and Quelle Colour.

One more day with Kalahari before she was removed.  August 2012.  Quelle Colour, Kohl, Kalahari and Grijala

One more day with Kalahari before she was removed. August 2012. Quelle Colour, Kohl, Kalahari and Grijala

A Wildfire influenced sunset at the end of that day, August 2012.

A Wild Fire influenced sunset at the end of that day, August 2012.

The horses all adapted to the changes of the removal.  When I came back in September, I was surprised at how life just seemed to go on.  It was so odd to see Grijala and his now very small band of just mother and daughter (Quelle Colour and Kohl).

But, I was even more surprised when I saw Grijala in June 2013, back to being a bachelor.  Quelle Colour and Kohl were now with Garay, but in the winter of 2012-13, Kindra had somehow disappeared.   Most members of the Special K mares were now gone.  (Kalahari lives in Virginia with the other Pryor 8, Katrina and Kachina, both giving birth to Grijala offspring in the spring of 2013, live in Montana).

Katrina and her new foal, April 2013.

Katrina and her new foal, April 2013.

Kachina and her foal, April 2013

Kachina and her foal, May, 2013

Kachina, Grijala colt, General.

Kachina, Grijala colt, General.

General today, Grijala and Kachina's colt.  Photo by Trisha Hagen

General today, Grijala and Kachina’s colt. Photo by Trisha Hagen

I didn’t expect Grijala to remain a bachelor for long.  He had worked so hard at being a band stallion.  But he seemed content to just “hang with the boys”.   Maybe the responsibility of being a band stallion was just to much for him, I don’t know the answer, but I was sure it would not continue for long.

Hamlet, Grijala and Inali, June 2013

Hamlet, Grijala and Inali, June 2013

Grijala and Inali

Grijala and Inali

Grijala with Inali with Knight, London and Hamlet.  June 2013

Grijala with Inali with Knight, London and Hamlet. June 2013

Grijala and Knight

Grijala and Knight

Grijala with the boys, June 2013

Grijala with the boys, June 2013

The summer of 2013 moved on, but still, Grijala was on his own, most often spotted with some other bachelors.  He seemed content.

Grijala on far right, part of the "Boys of Summer".  July 2013.

Grijala on far right, part of the “Boys of Summer”. July 2013.

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Grijala with Jasper, July 2013

Grijala with Jasper, July 2013

Chino, Grijala, Jasper and Custer, July 2013

Chino, Grijala, Jasper and Custer, July 2013

July 2013

July 2013

Grijala was still with the bachelors, when I spotted him in late October.  Although he looked a bit different now.  He was heavier than I had seen him since 2010.  Bachelorhood was agreeing with him.

Grijala, October 2013

Grijala, October 2013

Grijala with his look alike brother, Hernando, October 2013.

Grijala with his look alike brother, Hernando, October 2013.

Grijala, October 2013

Grijala, October 2013

I returned to the mountain in Mid-February, 2014.  As I was heading down the dirt road towards Burnt Timber, I looked towards the mountain.  I thought I saw movement, so I stopped the truck and glassed towards the mountain.  I could see two horses trotting at a steady pace right along the fence line of the range.  I hurried to Burnt Timber and unload Ophelia (my UTV) and headed up the snow-covered road.  My timing was perfect, just as I reached the entry to the range, I saw the two horses, still going at a pretty steady pace.  It was Jasper and Grijala.  They both looked like healthy fuzzy ponies.

They seemed to be on a mission, and I immediately thought perhaps they were planning on working together to gain some mares from another band stallion.

Grijala, February, 2014

Grijala, February, 2014

Grijala

Grijala

Jasper and Grijala, February 2014

Jasper and Grijala, February 2014

I would see them often on this trip, watching  Cappuccino’s band.  I was sure that when I returned in April that I would see Grijala with some mares again.

Sunset on Burnt Timber Road, February 2014

Sunset on Burnt Timber Road, February 2014

When I got to the mountain top in June 2014,  I expected to find Grijala with some mares, but again, I was surprised to still see him without any.  He was still with the bachelors.  It appeared he was taking the time to train some new ones.

It impressed me that he was taking the time to take these recently “kicked out” two-year olds under his careful guidance.  Even though Grijala is only 8, he has a lot to teach and share with these young stallions.

Grijala and Mica, June 2014

Grijala and Mica, June 2014

Grijala

Grijala

Grijala, Mandan and Mica

Grijala, Mandan and Mica

Grijala and Mandan, June 2014

Grijala and Mandan, June 2014

Grijala, Mandan, Mica and London, June 2014

Grijala, Mandan, Mica and London, June 2014

I continued to see Grijala stay with the boys, I don’t believe I ever saw him alone.  It seemed like he really enjoyed harassing the other band stallions.  I often saw him just running through and around a band with his “gang” of boys.  It humored me to watch him do this simply for the thrill of it, as if to see how far he could push the band stallions, very much like a teenage boy pushing the boundaries with his parents.

Pushing Doc's buttons

Pushing Doc’s buttons

Moorcroft, Grijala, London and Jasper, August, 2014

Moorcroft, Grijala, London and Jasper, August, 2014

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Grijala, Mandan and Moorcroft

Grijala, Mandan and Moorcroft

I spotted Grijala and some boys up on the Skyline meadow, one mid-August day.  I was hiking with a friend.  Coming out of a group of trees, we almost bumped into him as he stepped out of the dark woods.

This is the meadow that the BLM installed a water guzzler in 2010, (and also where the horse Big Foot lived for his last few years) with the intent to try to encourage the horses to go up there and graze this meadow.  I made a post about this meadow in February, 2012.  If you would like to read more about it, you can click on MEADOW to go there.

Needless to say, seeing him along with 3 other horses up there, was very encouraging.  Hopefully we can get a new generation of horses using this area again.

And so, the summer of 2014 came to a close and Grijala still continued to be a bachelor.  However, I did start to notice something interesting.  There are a few foals and young horses (under 2) that have that “Grijala Star”.  Two of them belong in Garcia’s band, and since I saw Garcia try to mount his yearling “daughter” several times this summer, it made me think, that perhaps she IS Grijala’s, not Garcia’s.  Just my own personal observation, I have no documentation to proof if I am right…. But it does explain Grijala’s contentment.  Does he have the best of both worlds?  A carefree bachelor life along with a few “flings” on the mountain to keep him happy?  It certainly is something to think about..and watch.

Grijala offspring?

Grijala offspring?  Orlando and Norma Jean from Garcia’s band.  Photo by Brianna Harvey

Regardless,  I am looking forward to seeing what happens with this amazing stallion in the upcoming year and years ahead.  He is a strong force on the mountain, that will no doubt have an impact on the future generations of Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.

Sandy

Grijala, August 2014

Grijala, August 2014

 

2014 Pryor Mountain, Year In Review

Sandy.  Photo by Meg Frederick

Sandy. Photo by Meg Frederick

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Nye, February 2014

2014 has flown by.  It is hard to believe that it is already time for my “year in review” post, another year on the mountain coming to a close.

This year, (as every year that I have spent in the Pryors) has been filled with both joy, excitement and tears.  Just part of life when you become closely involved with this magical herd of horses.  These horses have a way of showing me life in a way they thing I should see it,  I found that when I listened, my life changed, for the best.  There is not a day that goes by, that I am not grateful for all they give me.

2014 was my 2nd year of camping tours.  This year exceeded my expectations with the bookings and the guests.  I made many new lifelong friends.  Next summer is almost completely booked, so if you are thinking of taking a trip, I suggest contact me as soon as possible.  Click on CAMPING
to see the available dates for 2015.

So let’s take a look at what happened on the mountain in 2014.

Jasper, February 16, 2014

Jasper, February 16, 2014


January:

  There were no reports from anyone on the mountain in January.  With the late birth of Nawah (Washakie and Baja) in late September 2013, many of us were thinking and hoping for some news.  Like everyday, I found myself checking the weather report for Lovell, constantly.  By checking on Lovell’s weather, it gives me a fairly good idea of what may be happening on the mountain.

One of the many views up Burnt Timber Road.  February 16, 2014

One of the many views up Burnt Timber Road. February 16, 2014

February:

Ginger (TCF) was there just a few days before I was ( February 8-12).  You can read about there trip by clicking on GINGER

I was glad that they were there.  The snow was deep on Burnt Timber road, their UTV tracks were a great help to me when I arrived with my friend Anh and the famous photographer Kimerlee Curyl, a few days later.

It was Kimerlee’s first time to the Pryors and we quickly became life long friends.  Her photography is amazing, please click on her name above and take a look at her amazing work.

For the next 4 days, we took Ophelia (my UTV) up and down the mountain in search of horses.  The snow was deep in spots, but despite that we were able to find several bands.

Sandy and Anh, February, 2014.  Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Sandy and Anh, February, 2014. Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Jackson and Galena, February, 2014

Jackson and Galena, February, 2014

This February trip would hold some “last” things for me.  The last time I would see the amazing stallion Teton and one of the last times that I would see the incredible stallion Jackson with his band.

Teton had recently lost his band to both Doc and Hernando, and I caught a glimpse of him on my last few minutes on the mountain.  He was high on a hill above the Mines, with his head turned over his shoulder to look at us.  My heart ached for him.  It was difficult to leave the mountain and his solitary sorrow.

Teton, February 2014

Teton, February 2014

On this trip, we also spent several hours with Jackson and his band, which continued to affirm my love for this stallion.  Not only is he beautiful, but he is a kind and very fair band stallion.

Maelstrom and Jackson, February 2014

Maelstrom and Jackson, February 2014

Jackson and Heritage

Jackson and Heritage

Heritage and Jackson.

Heritage and Jackson.

Jackson

Jackson

Maelstrom

Maelstrom

Jackson

Jackson

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2-18-14

Jackson, Niobrara and Firestorm, 2-18-14

Jackson, Niobrara and Firestorm, 2-18-14

Firestorm

Firestorm

Looking the other direction.

Looking the other direction.

Wide-angle shot of the surrounding beauty.

Wide-angle shot of the surrounding beauty.

Right now he seems content to be on his own, hanging with different young bachelors and teaching them all he can.  I hope they all are taking notes, and will use the knowledge they learn from him.

You can read more about my trip by clicking on FEBRUARY 1and2,

February 3 and February 4.

Kimerlee, February, 2014

Kimerlee, February, 2014

My favorite rock along BT Road, February, 2014

My favorite rock along BT Road, February, 2014

The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center, did a post last February too.  You can read that post by clicking on PMWMC

March:

Ginger was back up the mountain in March.  You can read about her trip by clicking on Ginger.

I did not go to the mountain in March, but there were a couple of note worthy posts that I published.

1.   The first Pryor Mountain Foal was born in Europe.  You can read Cedric’s post by clicking on PRYOR FOAL.

2. My post on Permits.  Read it, by clicking on PERMIT.

Burnt Timber road, February, 2013

Burnt Timber road, February, 2013

April:

April brought the first report of a new foal on the mountain.  Waif and Corona were there first to give birth to Orion, followed by the first of two more, Orlando and Oregon.

Norte and Orion, April, 2014

Norte and Orion, April, 2014

Returning to the mountain in late April, I was greeted by many changes.   Several of the stallions looked thin, and it would be the last time I would see Cloud’s band all together.   Mica and Nimbus would be taken from their family band, never to return.

I love this time of year on the mountain.  The quiet awakening of a winter mountain, with the promise of spring in the air.  Unfortunately, this month can be one of the most difficult for the horses.  With their deprived and stressed systems, the new green forage can proof to be deadly to those horses that are the weakest.   I have heard that April can be the most deadly month of the year for them.

Probably the most noteworthy happenings on the mountain this month, was the very thin Cloud, being dogged by not only Santa Fe, but the also the aging Chino.

You can read all of my April/May posts by clicking on the Archive link on the right and selecting April, 2014.

Ophelia on Cheyenne Flats

Ophelia on Cheyenne Flats, April, 2014

Nimbus, Mica and Innocentes, April 2014

Nimbus, Mica and Innocentes, April 2014

Cloud watches Santa Fe

Cloud watches Santa Fe

Johan had Audubon and Niyaha

Johan had Audubon and Niyaha

Blizzard, April 2014

Blizzard, April 2014

Medicine Bow, April 27, 2014

Medicine Bow, April 27, 2014

Icara, Mercuria and Hawk

Icara, Mercuria and Hawk

Morgana, she would give birth, about a week later.

Morgana, she would give birth, about a week later.

Ophelia

Ophelia on Sykes Ridge Road

Hidatsa and Johnston

Hidatsa and Johnston

Wonder how they get some of those wounds?  Look at what they are running through!

Cloud and Santa Fe,  April, 2014

 

Moenkopi, she would give birth in July.

Moenkopi, she would give birth in July.

May:

May brought the birth of Oracle, Ogala, Morgan’s foal, (who was discovered by NPS, but then died shortly afer), and Oak, Omaha (deceased), Outlawlass, Ohanzee and Okomi.

May would bring a lot of trama and stress on the mountain top this year.  Cloud would lose his band and disappear for a short time.  Jackson would lose his band, with most of his harem going to the band stallion Doc.

Ginger made a post, click on TCF to view it.  The PMWMC made a few as well, you can go to their website to view those.

 

Cloud

Cloud, May 2014

June:

Ahh, June, one of most exciting and beautiful months to me on the mountain.  Not for the fair weathered, this month can be beautiful, but also cold and snowy.  But being one of the first people to witness the horses arriving on the mountain top for the summer months, can make up for a little inconvenient coldness.

June 2014, proofed to be one of the best.  The snow only allowed the bravest and most determined people to have access to it.  The only road open until just before the 4th of July was Burnt Timber Road, and it is not for street cars.  Even in my truck, I had a few difficult moments getting up the road the first time.  But the effort proofed to be worth it, giving myself and my guests, experiences and photos of a lifetime.

June would bring the birth of two more foals:  Odakota and Odessey (Oro), but the absence of four horses was painfully apparent.  The winter claimed: Quelle Colour, Topper, Teton and Madonna.  These horses will be missed, all very much matriarchs of their bands.

Hamlet would acquire a small band, consisting of Audubon and Niyaha.  Hernando was seen with part of Jackson’s band and Teton’s band.  His new band consisted of: Warbonnet, Phoenix, and the look a like sister and brother, Niobrara and Maelstrom.

Meriweather, Madonna, Maverick and July.  July 7, 2012

Meriweather, Madonna, Maverick and July. July 7, 2012

Chino and Topper and Topper Too.  May 2012.

Chino and Topper and Topper Too. May 2012.

Teton, 2012

Teton, 2012

Quelle Colour, October, 2011

Quelle Colour, October, 2011

Odakota and Graciana

Odakota and Graciana

Okomi

Okomi

Firestorm and Doc

Firestorm and Doc

Cloud and band in the Blue Hour light, June 24, 2014

Cloud and band in the Blue Hour light, June 24, 2014

Noble

Noble

Maia and her colt, June 22, 2014

Maia and Odyssey, June 22, 2014

July

The wildflowers this year were amazing, the best in years.  I saw them all summer long, but July was the peak, with them blanketing the mountain like a magical carpet of color.

July would bring the birth of Obsidian and Oklahoma, bringing the total foals born to 16.  Little Obsidian (born to Moenkopi and Cappuccino) would only live a little over a week, and with his death, took a small piece of my heart with him.  I knew the chances were against him from the start (born to a 2-year-old), but I had hoped he would make it.  I was there on the day of his birth and death.  I won’t dwell on this on this post,  you can read about it by going to my July 2014 archives.

Moenkopi and Obsidian, July 21, 2014

Moenkopi and Obsidian, July 21, 2014

Garay's, Mid-July.

Garay’s, Mid-July.

Baja and Dukes running from the helicopter

Baja and Dukes running from the helicopter

Lariat and Oklahoma

Lariat and Oklahoma

A positive note for this month, was the dedication to the new signs in the Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area.  Two of my photos, along with several of my friends were chosen to be permanent displays for thousands to see.

One of my signs, this one is displayed at Crooked Creek Bay

One of my signs, this one is displayed at Crooked Creek Bay

Many wonderful guests shared the mountain with me this month, and I was touched by each one.

Odakota, July 2014

Odakota, July 2014

August:

August would bring the birth of another Washakie, Baja foal, Ojai.  Washakie, although 20 years old, still gives birth to some of the most healthy foals on the mountain, and this year would be no exception to that.

The horses move into the trees on most days of this month, but with it, brings the challenge of finding them.  I know their hiding places, so it has become easier.  Being one of the few people camping on the mountain, I have many day trip people stop by and ask me where the horses may be.  I love to talk to all the visitors on the mountain, so always feel free to stop me and ask questions.  I am always more than willing to share what I know and help identify horses for you.

I love to hike this mountain, discovering new and hidden areas, and the early mornings of August, give me the chance to do this.

Washakie and her new filly.  August 10, 2014

Washakie and her new filly. August 10, 2014

Wild in the Pryors

Little Ice Cave, August 2014

Little Ice Cave, August 2014

hiking the mountain

hiking the mountain

Sandy

Sandy

The last part of August, I spent a week on the mountain with one of my assistants, Meg.  We hosted the University of Montana/Western for a few days, and then spent the rest of the days with the horses.  Most days it was just us with them, a great way to bring the summer to a close.

U of M Class

U of M Class

Photo by Meg F.

Photo by Meg F.

Photo by Meg F.

Photo by Meg F.

Photo by Meg F.

Photo by Meg F.

Watching and learning about wild horses

Watching and learning about wild horses

students

students

August sunset

August sunset

Galadrial

Galadrial

Please go to my August archives to read my posts on this month.

Inocentes

Inocentes

Sandy.  Photo by Meg F.

Sandy. Photo by Meg F.

September:

September brought the birth of another foal:  Galadrial, foal, Oceana.  Galadrial kept us all waiting, but gave birth to a healthy foal the end of this month.  The sire could either be Tecumseh or Gringo.

Although the end of August was snowy, the month of September was warm and sunny for the most part, giving the horses a chance to fatten up even more before the winter begins.

Galadrial and her new foal, taken on September 27, 2014.  Photo by Steve Cerroni.

Galadrial and her new foal, taken on September 27, 2014. Photo by Steve Cerroni.

October:

Two foals were born this month, very late in the year for them.  Orielle, born to Cloud and Innocentes. and Okiotak, born to Ketchikan and Tecumseh or Gringo.  I pray these little ones, born so late in the year, will survive the winter.

Innocentes and her new foal.  Photo by Steve Ceronni.

Innocentes and her new foal. Photo by Steve Ceronni.

 

Photo by Jack Sterling

Photo by Jack Sterling

November:

Ginger was on the mountain in this cold month.  You can read her post, by clicking on GINGER.

November, 2014.  Photo taken from the internet.

November, 2014. Photo taken from the internet.

It looks like (from this report and also from Ryan at the BLM), that Demure has once again changed bands.  I loved the combination of Demure and Jupiter, I was hoping that would stick.  Another example of the effects of PZP.  Demure, now permanently on PZP (birth control), lost her last two foals to unknown reasons, and seems to be seeking out a stallion that may breed her successfully.

December:

Phoenix, 2-18-14

Phoenix, winter of 2014

And here we are in December, the months passing quickly.  Death and Birth on the mountain, new people being touched by the mountain.  My heart, soul and life, once again touched with so much that words can not possibly do them justice.

Looking ahead to 2015 and the long summer months.  I will be camping on the mountain for more than 50 days this year.  I do have a limited amount space left for a few camping trips, it has amazed me how fast they have filled, as I write these last words, I booked two more guests.  Click on CAMPING to see what is still available.  It is a once in a lifetime experience, and it has been brought to my attention that I am one of the few people in the world to offer such an experience.  I feel very fortunate and very, very blessed.

Thank you all for following this blog, joining me on the mountain and being my friends.  I am looking forward to 2015, meeting new friends and sharing my experiences with these amazing horses, who have changed my life.

Happy New Year!

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.

 

Pryor Foal # 20, 2014

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Ketchikan with her new colt.

Tonight I checked my email and found an email from my friend Jack Sterling.  Jack is from Billings and was up on the mountain early this morning.  He discovered Ketchikan with her new colt just below my campsite.  This is a really special foal.  The bloodline of Ketchikan is very rare, with few horses to carry on his important line.  I pray that this beautiful and his mother can survive the winter.  He looks strong, and Ketchikan also looks great.  The fall weather has been mild and hopefully winter will hold off for a while.

Foal number 20, born to the mare Ketchikan, (born in 2010), daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots.  Father of this foal may be either the stallion Gringo or Tecumseh.  The foal is a colt.

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Ketchikan's new Colt!  10-26-14

Ketchikan’s new Colt! 10-26-14

Jack was the person who discovered Odakota also.  I look forward to finding out what he chooses for this one.

UPDATE:  Jack said he will not be naming this foal, but that there will be an Alaskan theme, named by a friend of Steve and Nancy Cerroni.

Thanks so much Jack!

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.

Dryhead Update From Laura Curtis

Johnston

Johnston

My friend and very devoted Pryor Mountain Wild horse observer, Laura Curtis, sent me a short report from her recent Dryhead trip (couple weeks ago) with her husband John.

Her are Laura’s photos and her summary.  Thank you so much Laura!

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph

We got to the Dryhead early Saturday morning.( 09-20-14)  We saw Fiero with Sacajawea, Oregon and Strawberry near the road, so we had a long time with them.

Fiero

Fiero

Oregon has matured so much from when we saw her in July. Sacajawea is very thin. I am concerned for her going into winter so thin needing to provide for nursing Oregon. I love her beautiful two-tone mane, looks like Oregon may have that mane also. Fiero, Oregon and Strawberry looked good.

Sacajewa

Sacajewa

Oregon and Sacajewa

Oregon and Sacajewa

Strawberry

Strawberry

Oregon

Oregon

Sacajewa

Sacajewa

The big surprise for me was that Hickok now has a harem. Saturday morning he had Kitalpha, her yearling filly Nova, Seneca and Hightail. They were up the sandy draw behind the high ridge where the “greeters” hang out, so my view of them was very distant even after climbing up the ridge.

Seneca, Kitaplha and Hickok

Seneca, Kitaplha and Hickok

Hickok's Band

Hickok’s Band

Sunday morning Hightail was off by herself with a good view in the area where the greeters are often seen even though she wasn’t close to the road. Considering her age each time I see her, I feel especially blessed.

Hightail

Hightail

We saw Hawk, Chief Joseph and Johnston each drive; they seemed happy together and healthy.

And I was overjoyed at the Center when they showed me a recent photo of Medicine Bow taken in the Dryhead and he looked great!! Such happy news!!

Thank you again for everything. Have a wonderful Fall. Laura

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.

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