Moving On

Cabaret and Duchess, October 2010
Cabaret, October 2010


Duchess and Cabaret, October, 2010

The deaths of Cabaret and his band is a tragic and sad event.  Cabaret and Duchess have no offspring left on the range.  Duchess has no more related horses to pass on her genes.

In the wild, the horses do not have time to dwell on death.  They have to move on and concentrate on the present and future.  Cabaret and his band will always hold a special place in my heart.   We have to remember that they remained free and lived on the range their whole lives, even though their lives were cut short,  they were free.

So today  I am going to talk about Cabarets full sister, who is very much alive and well on the Pryor Mountain Range.  She is the daughter of Looking Glass and Sequoyah.

Sequoyah and Kane (Uno) September 2010
Sequoyah, September 2011
Looking Glass in 2003
Looking Glass, 2003

Her name is Gold Rush.  She is a beautiful dun with a white star, connected snip and stripe and a white right hind pastern.

Gold Rush, July 2011

Gold Rush was born in 2006 and stayed with her father, Looking Glass, until he lost his entire band to two different stallions.  Two Boots and Duke.

Two Boots, July 2011
Two Boots and Sequoyah, July 2010
Duke, August, 2011

Half of Looking Glass’s band went with Duke and the other half went with Two Boots.  Sequoyah and her daughters Gold Rush and yearling Hanta Yo (she died as a 2-year-old) went with Two Boots.

Two Boots was almost Twenty years old at that time, but he still managed to keep his family of duns. In 2008 Sequoyah had a  foal, a dun filly with a round star, named Inian Kara.  Then in 2009 Gold Rush had her first  foal, a sooty dun filly named Juneau.

Juneau, August 2010

The only horse that was removed from Two Boots band in the 2009 round-up was  Sequoyah’s yearling filly, Inian Kara.  She was with Flint’s (Blue Moon) band at that time.  I hope that they will not take any of these young horses this year.  They are exceptionally beautiful and it would be good if their bloodline could continue.

During the winter of 2009-2010 Gold Rush and Juneau were stolen by a dark bay stallion named Doc.

Doc, August 2011

That spring Gold Rush had her second  foal, a beautiful dun filly with a very faint star, named Ketchikan (Two Boots is the father).  She is a beautiful filly.  She was so sweet and curious when I saw her in August (2011).

Ketchikan, August 2011

In August of 2010 Doc lost his mares to the very dominant stallion Baja (he is Cabarets half-brother!). You can see Baja in action in several of my videos (see links below).  Watch for him, he is the very impressive dun stallion with the two toned mane.

Baja with his band on the upper ridge, July 2010

August 2010 was a very active month.  I was there for a few days that August and I got to witness first hand the unrest that seemed to be going on.  That was the month that Ferdinand took Flint’s (Blue Moon) band from him.  We will talk more about the handsome grullo stallion, Ferdinand in another post.  I think the horses knew that the winter of 2010-2011 was going to be a hard one and it seemed like they were trying to make their bands as big as they could.

In the early spring of 2011 Doc recovered Gold Rush.  Later that spring Gold Rush gave birth to her third  foal (Doc is the father).  He is a bay colt with a big star and a white right inside coronet.  His name is London.

I was excited to see London when my daughter Amber and I were on our way to the pond one stormy evening, late in August (2011).  Doc and his little band were grazing in a small  meadow along the road.  I had last seen Doc in October of 2010, he was alone then, now he had his band back, and a new son

We stopped the truck and got out.  London saw us immediately and came over to investigate.  Doc stayed pretty close watching his son carefully, but letting him explore on his own.  We were there for a while, enjoying the interactions of his band.  As Doc’s family moved on, he stayed for what seemed like too long, still eating.  His band was almost out of site when he finally trotted off to join them.  I hope he can hold on to his family this time.  I think he needs to be a little more attentive.

London, August 2011
London, Ketchikan and Gold Rush. August, 2011
Doc and Gold Rush, August 2011
Doc and London, August 2011

So I am telling myself today to move on.  I think that some days will probably be easier than others, but I am looking forward to watching this next generation grow old on the mountain.

Looking Glass with his band in 2003. That is Cabaret as a yearling in the background.

A special thank you to my blog partner, Alex for providing me with the detailed history of Gold Rush, and also to Tony Wengert for the use of his photos of Looking Glass!

27 thoughts on “Moving On

  • Wow Sandy…great photos!! Thanks for putting ” Wild Caballo” up!! Looks great!

    Randy Nagel

  • Great stuff Sandy!

    Had a great encounter with Doc, Gold Rush, London and Ketchikan when I was out there in 9/11. They were lounging in the shade of some trees. London is gorgeous. He laid down for a little nap right by his mom while we watched.

    Looking forward to more…

  • I’ve only been to Dryhead on two trips and the Mountaintop once, but I know exactly what you mean. I may not know the horses well, but with my own experience and the experiences of others like you, Ginger Kathrens, the people at the Mustang Center, ect. I get to know the horses more. I had a similar experience with Admiral and Kapitan/Climbs High that you did with Cabaret and his band. I first saw them multiple times while visiting the Dryhead in my 2010 June visit. I also saw them last summer in June. The only problem is the band was too far away to get a good picture. The question I have to ask myself is why didn’t I get closer to them when I had a chance?

  • For some reason.. I just cannot watch as these wild and beautiful examples die out and will someday be just a painting on a wall somewhere…it saddens me to my very being that this will be no longer.. and WHY because of the greed and the present idiots we now have taking the very land that belongs to them…so they can beat their chest and say.. look what I am doing for the people…..God help us All.

    • Hi Carlene and thank you for reading my blog. That is one of the reasons I am doing this. Just for people to learn more about the wild horses, but with a focus on the Pryor Horses.
      Don’t just watch, I hope no one will “just watch”! Do something, get involved, write your letters. Keep track of a herd (if you are close enough to do that). Just do something!
      I can’t believe how many people in Montana do not even know this herd is here! Lets spread the word. The more people that know about them, the louder our voice will become.
      Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you will share this blog with someone that may not know about the wild horses.

    • Hi Gayle, Cabaret and his band died last winter. The winter of 2010-2011 was an especially long and hard one. I helped identify them. They were found up on the top of the mountain, not to far from the new fence. Sandy

  • I don’t know if you are interested or not, or maybe you have already seen them, but I found these photos on Flickr today as I was browsing for further news on the horses (when no one posts to their blogs, I sometimes feel as if I am going through withdrawal, especially now, with mares being pregnant!). Cabaret and Fortunatas, etc. from 2010. This was the only way I knew to reach you…

  • Did Madonna used to be with Looking Glass? I think I saw her in the 1st Cloud flim with Looking Glass along with the lead mare of Looking Glass’s band, Sabrina and her foal and a black horse. Was Sabrina a white or a sabino and was Madonna the daughter of Looking Glass and his lead mare?

  • I really hope you can find Gold Rush, Lemhi and Longshot. Im very worried about them and I hope they’re ok. Is Ketchikan with a different stallion now?

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