I drove out to the Dry Head yesterday morning and had no luck finding Merlin, or Sitting Bull, Cecelia & Mato.
I just keep on going out there hoping to find one or the other, or both.
I also have not seen Fiero or Seattle on my last two trips.
Let’s keep up hope that they are all ok.
The weather has been good, with very little rain or snow. That is all supposed to change later this week with the weather calling for very cold temperatures and rain/snow showers.
If that does happen, I doubt that I will be able to get out to the lower Sykes area of the range for quite some time. We will just have to wait and see how the weather is.
I did see Hidalgo with his harem. They were quite a ways off and I hiked out towards them just to get these photos.
I did not see Halo at first, but then she appeared from behind a bush. I was happy to see her. I think Montana was near Hidalgo, and the “girls” were together a short distance from them.
Hidalgo seems to be a very strong and devoted stallion, and I do hope he can keep them all together through the winter and into spring.
I am happy to see him taking such good care of his family. I have watched him a few times as he got right behind Montana to make sure he kept up with the rest. He will not leave Montana behind, and that is a significant quality for a stallion to have. It will be interesting to see if he will have his own offspring next year.
I found a new lookout spot along the Dry Head road and from there I saw the “Greeters” and two black stallions with a grullo.
I believe it was Hawk, Issaquah and maybe Hidatsa. Hickok had to run over to check them out and let them know that they were to stay away from his harem. I don’t think there was any serious fighting going on, but from where I was I could hear some horse noises. I believe he was giving them a warning. Jesse James stayed behind with Hightail and Seneca, although they were curious as to what was going on.
After that I drove out to lower Sykes and only found Inniq. He looks to be in good shape going into the winter and was just grazing alone. He does have some battle scars and I wondered who he had been fighting with.
I decided to leave him to his peacefulness and drove back to the Center to visit with Liesl and Kaibab.
They were happy to see me and I spent some time with them. As you can tell they both look real good, especially Liesl who has put on some much-needed weight.
I hope my next trip to the range will be just as good as this one, and maybe if Brianna joins me we will see more horses as she is my “good luck charm”, but I was happy to have seen some of the horses.
Thanks Lori for the update. You never know who you will see when you go. That is part of the beauty of it!
Liesl looks so good. I decided to post the photo of her from July so we could all see how amazing she looks now. Of course Kaibab looks great too, but Liesl has had the biggest changes! It is all because of your great care. (and Diane’s too!)
Yes, winter is scheduled to make a grand appearance in the next couple days. We have a winter storm warning out for 10- 14 inches in the mountains over here in Western Montana. We will probably see about half of that where I live at 4,500 feet. It will make for some great winter photos of the horses.
I am glad that it warmed up again in the Pryors, after the recent snow and rain. Hopefully it was enough to regenerate some forage for the upcoming winter months.
Thanks again Lori!