It had been a wonderful day so far. We saw more horses this trip than I had since last summer. The weather was perfect.
There were a few horses that I really wanted to see this trip. Lakota, of course was one. I had seen him. Click Lakota to read that post. The other horse I was hoping to find was the little foal Missoula. He was the one that I discovered when I was here in April. You can read that post by clicking Missoula.
I had one more chance to find him. I was not really hopeful though. We had been all over the mountain and seen many horses, so I thought maybe my luck may be running out!
We had gone several miles down and had not spotted any horses. When we came to an open area I saw three horses. It was Chino and the Toppers. They were several miles higher up the mountain than when I had seen them the day before. You can click HERE to read that post. I could almost hear the Toppers saying in unison: “Great, here they are again”. They started to move off before I could even get my camera out. Then Bill said “Sandy, who is that? ” He was pointing to the left from where Chino was. I knew right away who it was! It was Phoenix (she will be 20 this year). Teton’s band…Missoula!!!
I looked around. I did not see Half Moon or Missoula. I also knew that they were missing one member since I had last seen them in March. It was Kiowa. She is in Jackson’s band now. I did see the beautiful Kayenta. She was giving me that look that she had given me in October of 2010. I really like her. I can’t imagine what it will be like if she is not there anymore.
I saw Teton looking towards the trees between Chino and his band. I thought maybe Half Moon was there.
By the way, once the Toppers realized that I was not wanting to photograph them, they stayed in place and napped by Chino. I find each horses personality so interesting. It is so good to get to know each one.
After a several minutes, Teton went into the trees and brought out Half Moon and Missoula.
Baja’s band was there too. Most of the band was below the hill. I thought about going over to look, but I had seen them the day before. I wanted to spend time with Teton’s band.
We settled in and watch the interactions of this band. It was interesting how the color of Missoula’s coat could change in the different lights. Shade, sunny, cloudy, they all seemed to produce a different hue.
The band decided to move into the shade of the woods.
When they had gone completely into the woods, we decided to continue down the road.
As we headed down Burnt Timber road we saw the bachelor boys again. This time Gringo had joined Hernando, Hamlet, Inali and Knight. They were grazing on both sides of the road.
Further down the road, I saw Grijala and his band. Quelle Colour, her daugher Kohl, Kachina and Katrina. They were missing one member. Kindra. They were licking the minerals just by the road.
I remember the first time I saw Kohl, in October 2010. She was only a couple of weeks old. She had grown into a beauty.
We saw 120 horse on this trip. It was amazing and overwhelming. It has taken me a week of looking through my photos and thoughts to throughly soak it all in.
I am planning my next trip and will be there in just a few weeks!