Lori’s Trip Up Burnt Timber With Shawn. Part One.

Lori’s report from yesterday!  Thanks so much Lori.

Sandy

View of the Pryors last week.
View of the Pryors last week.

When Shawn Ivie asked me if I wanted to go up Burnt Timber road on Friday, I jumped at the chance since
I don’t have a vehicle with high enough clearance to make it up that road! I was excited about this trip.

We met at 7:45 AM and headed up Burnt Timber road. It was a cloudy day for the most part, but there were a few times
that the sun did appear. Some of my photo’s did not come out too well because it was cloudy, and it was impossible to get in a position where the sun was behind me.

The first band we spotted was Cappuccino and his harem. He still has Gabrielle, Blanca and the two youngsters, Moenkopi & McKeahnie.

They all appeared to be in good shape and were grazing on some of the new forage. Blanca and the two young ones were down in a ravine, while Cappuccino and Gabrielle were up on top grazing. They did not mind that we were there.
I have to admire Blanca for taking care of the two youngsters, she is a good “sub” mother or Aunt whichever fits her best.

Gabrielle is definitely pregnant.  She probably will foal next month.

Gabriele, April 19, 2013
Gabriele, April 19, 2013

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Cappuccino and Gabriele
Cappuccino and Gabriele
Mckeahnie and Moenkopi
Mckeahnie and Moenkopi
Blanca
Blanca

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We spent some time with them and when Blanca whinnied to make sure that Cappuccino was still up on top, she gathered the two youngsters and joined the rest of the family! We decided to move on and let them all graze peacefully.

Further up the road we spotted some horses, way off in the distance down by the water guzzler. We saw that it was White Clouds band, but decided to hike all the way out to that on our way back down, so we continued up to Cheyenne Flats.

We could spot some horses near another water catchment way over on Sykes. It appeared to be Horizon Juniper and Fiesta. We could not see them very well as they were so far away, but we knew it was those three.

I did not even take a picture because you would not even be able to see the three horses at all. There was another two or three horses just down on the next ledge or finger of the mountain, but we could not tell who they were.

As we continued into the trees after Cheyenne Flats we came across Two Boots and Santa Fe. When they saw us, they continued on into the woods.

We quietly got out of the vehicle and hiked a little ways so that we could get a good sighting of them.  Two Boots will be  25 this year and Santa Fe is 18.   They were shy and I don’t think they wanted us there, so we left them alone after we took a few photo’s. They both look good, but Two Boots seems a bit on the thin side.

Santa Fe, April 19, 2013
Santa Fe, April 19, 2013
Two Boots, April 19, 2013
Two Boots, April 19, 2013

We climbed back into Shawn’s vehicle and drove up a little ways to eat our lunch.

Lori

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

12 thoughts on “Lori’s Trip Up Burnt Timber With Shawn. Part One.

  1. Gabrielle seems to have put on a little weight since the last photos I saw of her. I’m glad they have new forage coming in now. Mariah is such a good Mom! She’s definitely a very good Aunt/substitute Mommy. I’m glad Moenkopi has ended up with her. Can’t wait to see the whole band with their new foal soon. Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

  2. Thanks Sarah, and I am glad that Moenkopi is with this band too..it also gives Mckeahnie a “brother” or someone her own age to be around. I could have stayed there half the day Patiently waiting for the two to run and play!

    1. I’m sure they’ll do lots of playing once the weather warms up! I’m sure Mckeahnie is happy to have her in the band since he went from having Lily, Kootenai, and Kodiak to play to no other young horses in the band. It seems like in all the pictures I see of Moenkopi and Mckeahnie they’re always close by eachother 🙂

      1. You’re right Sarah! The do seem very bonded the more I see of them.
        that is so cool ..horses have feelings too and are very closely bonded and loyal to their family members. It is so obvious when you observe them in the wild, and domestic too. I could never separate my mare and gelding…they would be lost and probably depressed.

      2. It is definitely very obvious that they have feelings and bond with eachother! It would be neat to see these two end up together when Mckeanie is old enough to put together a band of his own 🙂

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