Lori’s report from yesterday! Thanks so much Lori.
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.
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.
We climbed back into Shawn’s vehicle and drove up a little ways to eat our lunch.