On May 20, when we reached the top of the mountain, it was warm and sunny. Windy, but not bad. Since then the weather has changed up there. I heard that they now have well over a foot of snow on top. The storm came in on Thursday and continued Friday. It will be good for the mountain to have more moisture. Hopefully it will fill the water guzzlers too. I am a bit worried about the really young foals. But in just a few days the temperatures will be back up and the snow will probably melt quickly.
When we got to the top, just below Penns cabin and in the trees I saw Demure, Broken Bow and Demure’s new colt, Mandan.
They are part of Doc’s band now. Jenny is the 5th member of that band. She was napping in the sun close by.
I could see Madonna through the trees just beyond Demure and Broken Bow. I had learned from Shawn that Madonna was looking close to foaling. I wondered if I would see a new foal with her.
I am waiting for official confirmation, but I learned yesterday that Madonna had her foal a couple days ago. I am worried about her. She will be 23 this year. I hope she will be okay and able to survive the birth of another foal.
Below are some photos I took of Doc’s and Dukes’s bands. Duke’s band was pretty leery of us being there and quickly moved on. Doc’s band stayed. You can see more photos of these foals by reading my post about the last 4 foals born. Click FOALS to read that post.
The other band that we saw in this area was Custer. I had seen Custer’s band from a distance when I was here in April. It was good to see them up close. Everyone looked good. Kaibab still looked small. Leo had really changed since I saw him close up in October, 2011.
When I first saw them Winnemucca (who will be 25 this year!) and Leo were grooming each other.
The band did not want to raise their heads up from grazing. It was pretty hard to get a good photo of them.
We decided to continue on. We stopped at Penn’s Cabin to eat lunch. While we were eating, I saw a lone horse moving down towards Mystic Pond. I knew as soon as I saw the white blazed face who it was. It was Starman! I also saw two other horses on the other side of the pond. It was Judith and Santa Fe.
Santa Fe’s former band, including his new son Mandan, (Demure, Broken Bow and Jenny) were just down over the next hill. I wondered if Santa Fe knew they were there. I was pretty sure he did. How could he not? Santa Fe will be 17 this year.
Mystic Pond looked cold and chilly that day. The snow was deep on the side of the hill above it.
Starman made his way down towards the pond. I was not sure if he knew that Santa Fe and Judith were close by. He seemed to be just walking by, heading down past the pond and towards Penn’s. He was just minding his own business and enjoying the day. Starman is going to be 23 this year. He is another one of my favorite horses. I was so happy to see him. I had not seen him since last July. He looked like he was putting on a little more weight since the last photo I saw of him. He had a cut above his nose, but other wise looked good.
Starman turned and looked up the hill towards Judith and Santa Fe. That was all Santa Fe needed. He charged down the hill and headed towards Starman. I was worried about Starman. But, he held his own.
After a few minutes of sparing, Santa Fe headed back to Judith almost as fast has he headed towards Starman.
That wasn’t so bad, I thought. Starman seemed fine. Just move on Starman..But Starman just stood and stared back at Judith and Santa Fe.
Then, Judith started running towards Starman, but veered off towards the pond. Santa Fe ran for Starman, again. This time he seemed more angry.
Starman decided he had enough and started running away. Santa Fe chased him out of sight, beyond Penn’s and then came charging back to find Judith.
Santa Fe ran towards the pond and a second later, Judith popped up running full speed.
It seems like every time I hear about Judith and Santa Fe, it involves Judith running. I think Santa Fe has his work cut out for him. I also think that we will soon see him with some more mares. I don’t think he ready to retire. I think maybe Starman was rethinking his retirement that day as well.
Judith disappeared over a hill with Santa Fe close behind. It was the last we would see of them that day.
We started to head down Burnt Timber. I will share what I saw there in my next post.