Day Two, New Years Visit: Report from Shawn Ivie

Looking across the flats
Looking across the flats

 

January 2nd 2013
Monday the 31st I checked the dryhead 1 last time, and saw the greeters near Ranger’s Delight.

The Greeters
The Greeters

I decided to run over to Cody to see the rams, and swung by McCullough on the way. After a New Year’s night of listening to owls and coyotes while watching the stars and having a little 14 hands cabernet sauvignon by a rare fire, I spent the 1st day of 2013 watching rams up the North Fork before heading back to Lovell.

I stopped in to see Liesl, Kaibab and Exhilharation at the center, and was fortunate that Lori stopped to feed them about 3 minutes after I got there.
Tuesday morning I woke up and decided to drive up to above Sykes Coulee to see if I could see any one either across it, and to look down on the lower sykes area. I did see 3 horses across the coulee, but decided I wasn’t going to hike over for just 3. While coming back down, I could see that there were more horses out on Turkey Flat than before and snapped a long distance shot.

I was determined to go up Burnt Timber and hoped I could tell who was on the flat by zooming in on the shot and looking at colors.
Another fruitless trip through the park and I was heading to BT. From the road, I looked out to get another view of the flat, but could not see them from this side today. I scanned the lower BT area while I was stopped, and was surprised to see some to the right of the entrance. While I may have been able to get up BT, since the snow was a little wetter and more slippery, I decided to hike and see who was down near the fence before deciding if I should go up.
I had never hiked in this area, so I wasn’t sure exactly how far it would be until I found the horses I had seen from the road. I had a landmark I was looking for, and as I got closer to it I started to notice more tracks in the snow. When I finally reached them, I was a little surprised to see Kitalpha first, because I knew there were at least 3 horses from the road.

Kitalpha
Kitalpha

 

Almost as surprised to see me was Greta. She led the group a little further up a hill before stopping and going back to grazing. I grabbed some shots of her, Garcia, Millicent and Kitalpha before leaving this secretive group alone. I did see them from a hill later, heading to an even more remote area to hide from everyone.

Greta and Millicent
Greta and Millicent
Garcia
Garcia
Greta
Greta
Millicent
Millicent

 

 
I decided since I was already in the right direction, I would continue at an angle to Turkey Flats . Not only is this way a little longer to get there in distance, but the walk along the flat plateau is replaced by some ridges and a badlands area that has steep washes and knobs. It was a lot more work, and I regretted my choice at times, but I did learn a lot about a new area. When I got to the flats, I didn’t see any at first and thought I had made the long hike for nothing. I knew there were some dips and I wasn’t going to leave without looking around really well.
As I came over a small rise, I first ran across Rosarita. Her, Mescalero and Polaris were eating their way toward the junipers.

Rosarita
Rosarita

 

Mescalero
Mescalero
Polaris
Polaris
Rosarita
Rosarita

I looked to the junipers and was surprised to see quite a few horses in them. Galaxy was there with his group. Since I saw them on Sunday, I went toward the group slightly to the left of him. There was a near black horse sleeping, but it was really the dark winter blue roan.

Blue Sioux
Blue Sioux

 

A horse came through the sage and first I thought Kalahari, but knowing that wasn’t possible I realized it was La Brava with Coronado right behind.

Labrava
Labrava
LaBrava and Coronado
LaBrava and Coronado
Dove
Dove
Manuelita
Manuelita
Fools Gold
Fools Gold
Adona
Adona

I moved around the juniper and saw all of his harem before heading back to the flat. I saw Irial, Jupiter and London again, but they did not have Bristol with them.
By the time we got back to the FJ, Malakai and I decided it was time to head home and have a warm bed to sleep in.

It may be a while before I can get back over, but I know Sandy will let us know what is going on when she gets over in a month.

Shawn

Mule Bucks

Thanks Shawn for another great update. I really appreciate it so much!

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Day Two, New Years Visit: Report from Shawn Ivie

  1. That was a wonderful read and they all look so good…What a great way to spend the New Year….Thank you so much for the update and the most wonderul pictures Shawn Ivie….Happy New Year and I hope all the horses stay healthy and safe..

  2. Poor Bristol, Garcia keeps taking all his girls! Everyone looks good though. Red Raven’s band looks great. Can’t wait to see how Maneulita looks this summer. And I’m hoping Autum’s belly continues to grow! It’s amazing how much the roans change over the winter. Thanks again!

    1. Garcia is a very smart stallion for someone so young. It took me a while to be able to see him up close.(or at all) It seems Shawn always sees him!! He always seems to come out in the evenings (on the mountain top) to go to drink. Less conflict then. And I find it really interesting how he waits until this time of year to get more mares.

      1. He is very smart. It’s also interesting that he prefers to come down to the dryhead to win mares. I don’t think I’ve even heard of him confronting other stallions on the mountain. Like you said he seems to avoid conflict. I wonder if he remembers taking Greta, Katrina, and Liesl from Bristol and went to see if Bristol had anyone else now. I’m assuming he was able to take them fairly easily since Bristol has that knee injury and is also smaller. I feel like Bristol’s best defense strategy is staying hidden. I just wonder if Garcia has realized that and somewhat went looking for him again this winter.

  3. Shawn, we appreciate your efforts to hike across (and up and down and up and down 🙂 ) the range to find the horses! Your pics really help show the diverse landscape.Great pics as always and love the detailed description of your trip (14 Hands by the fire with owls & coyotes-so cool)! I could sit here all day and just look at photos instead of working! Sandy-I also just saw the links to the Flicker photos too, thank you!

  4. As always Shawn…thanks so much for all of your hard work (hiking all over the range) to bring us so many great pictures of the horses!
    Now I know where Kitalpha is…hm..Garcia sure has some way of taking Bristol’s mares!
    You are right Sandy..he is a very intelligent stallion and I have not seen him too much either. Shawn is lucky!
    thanks again Sandy and Shawn!!

  5. Thank you Shawn for both posts. I agree with the others who said your new puppy is darling AND appreciate your braving the elements – – including camping out in those conditions – – to bring us news from lower Sykes!

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