The Dryhead, Day Two, March 18, 2013

We still had some light left in the day, so once we loaded the ATV back up in the truck we decided to take a trip up the Dryhead.  This time of year seems to be really hard to spot horses in the Dryhead.  I can count the many times I have gone up there in February and March and only see a few horses.  I do believe they will be showing up down there again soon, but right now, it is very hard to see them.  I saw a few today, way up on Sykes from my view on Burnt Timber.

Of course, it seems the ever faithful Greeters are always in the same area.  I wondered if they ever moved much.  They all looked really good, so they must be getting plenty of forage in the areas that they visit.

Today they were right by the road and I was finally able to get a good photo of Jesse James.  It always seemed that he would move off and never really wanted to look at me.  But today, he seemed confident and at ease with our presents.  I thought perhaps it was his age now.  He will be 4 this year.

Jesse James, March 18, 2013
Jesse James, March 18, 2013

Hightail was in the brush and too busy eating to even turn our way.

Hightower, March 18. 2013
Hightail, March 18. 2013

Seneca and Hickok had moved on the other side of the trees, so we were able to get a few photos of them.

Seneca, March 18, 2013
Seneca, March 18, 2013
Hickok, March 18, 2013
Hickok, March 18, 2013
Seneca
Seneca
Hickok
Hickok

We stayed for a few minutes and then slowy drove the length of the Dryhead paved road without seeing another horse.

When we returned to the entrance of the range,  the Greeters were still there.  I said goodbye and we left the range.

We decided to stop by the Center and see how Kiabab and Liesl were doing.  Liesl immediately came up to the fence and stuck her head through for me to pet her.  She took her sweet little nose and rubbed it in my hand.  I really think she remembered me.  She loved the attention.  Kiabab was a bit more reserved and came up, but not close.  I should have changed lens, but did not and was just able to get a couple good photos.  They both look great.

Kiabab, March 18, 2013
Kiabab, March 18, 2013
Liesl, March 18, 2013
Liesl, March 18, 2013

They were both interested in watching the horses across the road.  There were people riding them and a new foal too.  So after a few minutes we said goodbye.

I also will add that I drove by Jalisco and Jumping Badger everyday.  They both look great.  They are out in a big pasture now with a few other horses.  It was good to be able to see them both, especially Jalisco.

I will be back again next month.  By then I am hoping to see some of the first foals on the range!

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

14 thoughts on “The Dryhead, Day Two, March 18, 2013

  1. Hickok looks a bit scraped up. I wonder if he’s been sparring with someone. Liesl is so sweet! I’m sure Kaibab will come around and soon be friendly with everyone. I didn’t realize Jalisco and Jumping Badger lived so close to the range. I’m sure they’re enjoying being out in the big pasture now! And I hope you see foals on your next trip!!! I can’t wait! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah! Hickok doesn’t look too bad. I think some of that may be his coat starting to turn before he sheds out. My horses get those little marks just from goofing around with each other. So maybe it is from him and JJ messing around.

  2. Thanks so much for your effort, Sandy! I sure enjoy reading your posts sitting in the comfort of my home (and truly, I would love to be with you on the range!)! The horses look so good – for the most part. Coming from Maine where grass is lush in the summer and non-existant in the winter, I have a hard time imagining horses surviving on their own in the winter. And that landscape is beautiful – but barren! The Pryor Mustangs are hardy souls! Thanks again – enjoying my education!

    1. You are welcome Ruby! Yes, the Pryor Mustangs are very hardy souls. I look around and see what they have to eat and I am amazed that they look so good. I don’t think a domestic horse would be able to survive out there, but these wild horses know what they need to eat to survive.

  3. Jesse James, Seneca, Hightail and Hickok are looking good. Mostly we do not miss them. They are faithfully greeting us at the gate.I love them.
    I am glad Liesl and Kiabab are doing fine. Liesl has big pretty eyes with long lashes. She is a cutie.
    I always enjoy your photos and report. Thank you.

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