Mountain Update, July 7-10, 2012

It has only been three weeks since my last trip to the Pryors.  Not much has happened since then.  Kiva had a foal just a few days after I was last there.  Kiva’s foal has a sore back right leg.  It looks like it is swollen.  I hope he will be okay.   Starman is still on the wrong side of the fence up on top.  But I saw him, and he looks good.  Hopefully they can get him back on the range soon. When I saw Joviana last time, she was extremely thin.  She has gained weight and looks like she is going to be fine.  Her foal is small, but is a bundle of energy and mischief!

I spent a lot of time this trip taking video footage.  It is really hard to stop taking still shots and make myself do it, but I was glad I did.  I really do enjoy taking it.   So now I have several hours of video.  I look forward to putting something together with all that I captured.  If you look to the right of this post there is a link to my YouTube channel.  I have several videos of the Pryor horses there.

Below are some of the photos that I took.

Starman, July 10, 2012
Joviana and her colt, July 7, 2012
Joviana colt, July 9, 2012
Joviana, July 7, 2012
Juniper and Joviana colt, July 8, 2012
Joviana foal and Juniper, July 8, 2012
Juniper and Joviana colt
Fiesta and Horizon, July 2012
Horizon, July 7, 2012
Fiesta and Horizon
3 Generations: Kiva, her foal and Fools Gold, July 7, 2012
Coronado Band, July 7, 2012
Kiva’s foal
Fools Gold, Kiva and Kiva’s foal, July 7, 2012
Coronado band, July 7, 2012
Coronado chases Judith away. July 8, 2012
Coroando floats in the clouds back to his band after chasing Santa Fe and Judith.
Santa Fe, July 8, 2012
Bands at Mystic Pond.
Doc’s Band at Mystic
Morning Star band coming in for water. Hernando, Hamlet, Inali and Knight watch.
Morning Star and band, July 9, 2012
Morning Star Band
Galaxy and Hernando
London, Jupiter and Irial
Blanca, July 8, 2012
Three Way grooming, July 8, 2012
Gabrielle’s colt, July 8, 2012
What is that buzzing around my nose. Gabrielle’s foal, July 8, 2012
Cappuccino, July 8, 2012
Leo and Klamath
Kodiak, July 8, 2012

Kodiak decided to go over and greet Santa Fe and check Judith out.  That only lasted for a couple seconds and then Cappuccino came over and broke that up.

Santa Fe and Kodiak
Santa Fe, Cappuccino, Kodiak and Judith (in the background).
Cappucino and Santa Fe
Cappuccino and Santa Fe
Santa Fe and Cappuccino
Santa Fe and Cappuccino

There was a lot of unrest in the meadow that day.  Tecumseh was still following Gringo and a fight would break out often.

Tecumseh and Gringo, Custer’s band watch. July 8, 2012
Tecumseh and Gringo
Several Bands watch Gringo chase Tecumseh out of sight.
Halcyon and Blue Moon colt, July 8, 2012
Kachina, July 7, 2012
Grijala with Kachina and Kalahari
Sapo’s foal
Duke, July 7, 2012
Mescalero, July 10, 2012
Polaris, July 9, 2012
Mescalero and Rosarita
Polaris, July 9, 2012

I have heard that they have started removing some horses in the Dryhead.  The first to be removed is Kokopelli.  My heart is heavy, thinking about these removals.  You can click BLM for up to date daily reports of the gather.


Kokopelli, April, 2012
Sunrise on the top of the Mountain, July 8, 2012

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24 thoughts on “Mountain Update, July 7-10, 2012

  • Aww, just beautiful shots and have to say my favorite is “What is that buzzing around my nose”, Love that picture….

  • Thanks again for sharing your experience with all the great photos and your observations. It looks like Polaris had a bit of a reaction to the PZP, too, doesn’t it? At least there doesn’t seem to be anything life-threatening, and it’s darn sure better than having more foals that will HAVE TO be gathered. Sad to know the gather has begun, but what must be, must be. I sure do hope the adoptees go to good homes.

      • Oh crap!!! Wish I could come and bring them all home with me. Have you heard if Cecelia has a foal or not?

      • No, I have not heard. The only good thing about them having Jumping Bader is that Kokepelli has company. I can’t imagine what he went through last night all alone. I am trying to be strong, but it seems everything is building up and making it extra hard.. 🙁

  • As always I LOVED all of your pictures. I especially liked the three generations picture. Starman is looking so much better! Was there a break in the fence that allowed him to get on the wrong side? Jewel/Juniper is looking so gorgeous, I always love seeing pictures of her. Kalahari’s coloring is very interesting. She seems to change colors a lot. I’m assuming Lincoln and Lemhi are still unaccounted for… any ideas as to what happened? I’m sad for the horses about to be removed and, like Linda, I hope they all find good loving homes. While you were there did you watch any of the bands around the traps? I’m wondering if some of the bands who lost members in the last bait trap are more reluctant to enter the traps, as they’ve actually been shut in before opposed to the ones who were allowed to wander in and out.

    • There were several breaks in the fence. When I was there 3 weeks ago Starman and the Forest service boys would wander in and out of the fence. It was fixed once, I guess and then somehow got “broke” again. Maybe vandals, don’t know… Anyway they came to fix it again and somehow left Starman on the wrong side. He is used to being alone, seems he prefers it since he lost his band, so he will be fine. I do hope that they get him back on the range soon though.
      I did not go into the Dryhead this time, so I did not see any traps. They have not set them up on the top of the mountain yet.
      Yes, Goldrush, Lemi and Lincoln are still missing…

      • Thanks! It seems strange that the two foals went missing at the same time. I thought the worst was over for poor Lincoln when he made it through the worst part of the winter. Seeing the names of horses as they are removed is like a punch in the stomach. But like you said at least Kokopelli isn’t alone anymore. I was thinking about how scared and confused he must have been especially being alone.

  • Thanks again for sharing your experiences. So many things to notice — the foals all changing coat colors, Washakie STILL has not foaled (she must be miserable), determined Tecumseh, Kalahari — I have always loved her coloring… I hope she doesn’t have to go. I thought I was ready for the removals, but I am not.

    • Yes, poor Washakie. I actually saw the foal kick inside her when I was watching her one day. It should be very soon. I am not ready either Joy, it is very sad.

      • I echo Linda’s comment — oh, crap! I hope they can do this as quickly as possible. We are all going to be walking around with permanent stomach-aches.

  • Sandy, the nail you picked up was probably from when they “fixed” the fence right after we were there. What a deal. It is good to see Starman looking a little better. I sure hope they find a way to keep the fence up if they are going to be so concerned about the horses getting over there. Sooner or later, others will get over there if there are breaks in the fence, even if they relocate Starman and “the boys”.

  • Again, thanks for the updates! Love them everytime I read. Look at all the hair under the chin of Gabrielle’s foal…too cute! And I really like the picture of the horses playing in the water. They like to have fun too. And I was wondering who was captured already. Poor Kokopelli…at least he has company now. And I have to say, even though I don’t like them being rounded up, at least these horses are lucky enough to always be adopted out to good homes. There are plenty of others who aren’t so lucky and end up in holding pens. I wish I had the resources and time to come and adopt one. Maybe in a few years as I’m sure in the future there will be more gathers. Thanks again!

  • Didn’t Bristol or Durango have Lemhi? One of them had a bay filly with them earlier this year. Or was it Liesl?

    I hope Kalahari stays, there aren’t any bay roans other than her and La Brava.

    Thanks for the updates!! 😀

    • Never mind! It was Liesl with Bristol. When did Lincoln go missing?

      I really like the pictures of Cappuccino 🙂 He pretty buff!

      • Lincoln went missing sometime in the late winter. He and Lemhi seemed to disappear around the same time.
        Yes, Cappuccino and Baja are really built like tanks! Love them!

      • Duke is a tank too!!

        It seems like keeping up that fence is going to cost a lot of money; it wouldn’t surprise me if the whole fence fell over in a heavy snow. Just a thought…

    • Joy, I do not know for sure. I am waiting for someone to let me know when/if they see him. I did not see him after that fight, so I do not know. I will keep you posted if I learn anything. I will be going back again in a little over a week, so hopefully if I don’t hear from someone about him, I will see him.

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