It always amazing me how certain horses always seem to find me. The first time I visited the Dryhead I saw 30 horses. Since then I have not seen that many. I guess I don’t spend enough time there, but I do drive the area very slowly scanning the landscape. Maybe I don’t know where to find them. But I do try.
The Dryhead has a paved road going through the horse range. For many people, that is the way they see the Pryor Horses. You do not need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to see horses here. There are approximately 40 horses that call the Dryhead home year around.
My Pryor Horse Valerosa is from the Dryhead. She still has her father, mother and two full brothers living free in the area(Sacajawea, Merlin, Fiero and Hidasta). So I always try to see them.
One of those horses that always seems to find me is her full brother Fiero. On my last trip there (earlier this month), Fiero found me. He was the only horse I would see in the Dryhead this time. We drove through one other time, not seeing a single horse.
Last September when I last saw Fiero he had a band of 4 including himself. Fiero will be 7 this year. His band last summer consisted of Strawberry, Kokopelli and Jemez.
This time when I saw him he was alone. I had heard he had lost his band. I have not heard where they are or who they are with. Fiero is a young enough stallion that I am sure he will have another band soon. It will be interesting to see who that will be.
One of the things that I noticed about him was that he did not have as thick of a winter coat as some of the horses I had seen on Burnt Timber. (See my post Mountain Update, Burnt Timber, Day One.) Even though it is not that far away, the climate in the area can be very different. It stays warmer in the Dryhead, more desert like, and so the horses do not need as thick a coat.
I enjoyed spending some time with him. He was grazing quietly and enjoy the protection away from the wind, that the small hill provided him.
He seemed unconcerned that I was standing up the hill watching him. I wonder why you always find me, I thought. I was glad he did though, it is always nice seeing him.
See you next time Fiero. Until then work on getting another band. I would like to suggest that he looks for the beautiful grulla mare Jenny. She is the daughter of Brumby and Jackson. She will be three this year. She lives on the mountain top in the summer, but in the winter she is down much lower. Alex thinks that he should consider July, three-year old daughter of Madonna and Duke. July also lives on top of the mountain in the summer.
So Fiero, you still have a few months to look for these mares before they move up high. It will be interesting to see who he has with him when I return.