Burnt Timber Day 1

Anh and I were heading up the range with Lori and Brianna by 1:00 pm on our first day.  By now, I had driven Burnt Timber so many times, that I felt I could drive the truck up it without a problem.  So we all rode in my truck.   The goal was to hike from the road back to the first water catchment.

We were almost at the water catchment when I spotted some horses.  It was Doc and band: Broken Bow, Demure and Mandan.  I had no way of knowing at the time, but just 3 days later, Doc’s band would have some changes.

Doc and band, April 27, 2013
Doc and band, April 27, 2013 (Broken Bow just out of sight).

As we neared the catchment, I discovered another mineral lick.  It was an almost perfect circle.

Mineral Lick
Mineral Lick
Mineral Lick
Mineral Lick

Cloud and band were there in the meadow by the catchment.  They were all peacefully eating.  It seemed Aztec was in heat, because Cloud was showing her some extra attention.

Aztec and Cloud, April 27, 2013
Aztec and Cloud, April 27, 2013
Aztec, Cloud and Inocentes.
Aztec, Cloud and Inocentes.
Doc and Band
Doc and Band
Inocentes
Inocentes
Feldspar
Feldspar
Cloud and Inocentes
Cloud and Inocentes
Cloud and Aztec
Cloud and Aztec
Aztec, Cloud and Inocentes
Aztec, Cloud and Inocentes

Mica did not seem interested in anything that was happening around him.  He never lifted his head.  We continued watching these two bands for a while, then decided to hike to another near-by mineral lick.

Mica, April 27, 2013
Mica, April 27, 2013

On our way we saw some horses.  I quickly confirmed that is was four bachelors.  Knight, Inali, Hamlet and London.  I had not seen these boys for a while.

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We continued walking in the direction of where we thought the lick was.  By the time we got there, the bachelor boys were already busy eating the minerals.  Although it is called a “lick”, I have seen some horses take mouthfuls of  the minerals in their mouth and chew.

The three younger boys, Inali, London and Knight were down eating, while Hamlet stood above them.  Clearing missing was one stallion that I usually see with Hamlet and Inali, Hernando.  I wondered where he was and said out loud that I hoped he had Kindra.  No one that I know of  has seen Kindra for a while.

First look at the boys in the lick.
First look at the boys in the lick.
Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet
Inali, Hamlet, London and Knight
Inali, Hamlet, London and Knight
London
London
Inali, London and Knight
Inali, London and Knight
Hamlet
Hamlet
Inali taking a big bite of the mineral
Inali taking a big bite of the minerals
Inali, Hamlet, London and Knight
Inali, Hamlet, London and Knight
Knight and Hamlet
Knight and Hamlet
Knight
Knight
Hamlet
Hamlet
London, Inali and Knight
London, Inali and Knight
Inali, London and Knight
Inali, London and Knight

About an hour later, Hamlet decided it was time to go, so started up the trail.  The rest of the boys followed.

Hamlet
Hamlet

We decided to have another look at the Water Catchment area before heading back to the truck.  Along the way, Brianna spotted this little toad lizard thing.  I am not sure what it was, but decided to take a photo of it.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

Toad, Lizard thingy.
Toad, Lizard thingy.

Nothing was really going on there, so we started back.  Not too far ahead of us a dun horse raced by.  It was Cappuccino chasing the bachelors we had just seen.  The rest of Cappuccino’s band was to our right.  Wonderful Blanca was clearly concerned and was on high alert to protect the band if she needed to.  I would see a wonderful demonstration of this in a few days.

Cappuccino's Band, April 27, 2013
Cappuccino’s Band, April 27, 2013

We watched the drama unfold with Cappuccino and the boys.  It only lasted a couple minutes before the boys decided they were no match right now for Cappuccino.  Hamlet made a move, but it did not last long.  The younger ones made a rapid exit.

Cappuccino and Hamlet
Cappuccino and Hamlet

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Just as fast as Cappuccino rushed after the bachelors, he turned and rushed back to his band.  You could feel the intense testosterone level in his system as he races by us.  He did not even noticed us, as he was fixed on his band that I am sure he felt he had left to far behind him and for too long.

As he got closer  and could see that his band was still there and alright, he slowed to a walk.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

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He had almost reached them when he turned and looked at us.

Cappuccino, Apri 27, 2013
Cappuccino, Apri 27, 2013
Cappuccino reaches his band.
Cappuccino reaches his band.

The path Brianna chose, took us below a small ridge between this band.  Cappuccino, still worked up from his encounter with the bachelors, took anything that moved a possible threat.  So when just our heads were visible to him,  he came over to take a look at us and charge again if necessary.

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I called Brianna back to us and we gave him some time to realize we were no threat before we kept going.

It had been great first afternoon.  Brianna got to see 20 horses she had never seen before.  I was hoping she would be able to find a foal, but it was not to be that afternoon.  Next time Brianna!

After eating a late lunch/early dinner at the truck (thank you Lori!!), we headed back down the road.  My stomach was already thinking about the trip Anh and I would be doing the next day.  Sykes.  You can read about that Sykes day by clicking SYKES.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

12 thoughts on “Burnt Timber Day 1

  1. Now I’m anxious to hear about the changes with Doc’s band, and from the hints I’m thinkng it may have to do with Cappuccino’s band. I love the picture of Cappuccino looking back at you. Looks like Cloud was having some sweet moments with his ladies. I can’t wait to see how Mica looks this summer! Roans always look so different as they transition out of their winter coats. I’m sure he will also be thrilled since he should hopefully have two new siblings soon. I wonder where London’s other usual buddies are. I hope you’ll later post that you found Kindra with Hernando or with someone else safe. Glad Brianna got to see some new horses! Looking forward to the rest of your posts!

  2. Wonderful post Sandy! I will hold all of that day’s memories close to my heart. Being out there with those wild horses is just something that cannot be explained in words!
    Yes…I called that little critter a “horny toad”…ha ha, but the correct word is horned toad. I have a great picture of him too!!! Thanks so much!

  3. So they DO “eat” dirt—just like kids. 🙂

    What a fun day! 🙂 No flat tires on Burnt Timber? Maybe I’ll attempt it with my truck this time. MAYBE 🙂

    Cloud’s girls definitely are displaying “heat” behavior. I guess there’ll be a chance of a couple more foals for him if Inocentes and Feldspar “take”. But I guess it’s a bit early to be talking about next year’s foals. LOL!

    Great pics—great report. THANKS.

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