Day Three, Mountain Top (Morning and Afternoon)

Kohl, Quelle Colour and Garay, June 17, 2013
Kohl, Quelle Colour and Garay, June 17, 2013

This morning I slept in.  I did not leave the truck until 5:15 a.m.  I had woke a bit earlier and seeing no horses yet, decided to sleep in a bit more.  Linda is an early riser too.

When I did get out, I saw Garay with his new band.  Quelle Colour and Kohl.  Kohl seemed a little more settled today.  Maybe she was just tired, or maybe she had settled  in to being with Garay.  I wasn’t sure which it was.   She must have been tired, because she would keep Garay moving just a little while later!  I will be looking forward to seeing how she is in two weeks when I return to the mountain.

The bachelors Jupiter and Hernando were by us again this morning.  I was beginning to think that this was a regular pattern for them to come down to this side of the range at night.  It was good to see them again.

Jupiter
Jupiter
Jupiter
Jupiter
Hernando
Hernando

I do love the light in the morning for photos.  But my priority for my photos are for documentation of the herd.  There are some that come to the mountain that only take photos in the early morning and late afternoon.  That is fine, but for me it is more about a visual recording of the happenings on the mountain.  I enjoy taking photos all day long.

I spotted a few horses not too far down the road.  I looked through the binoculars and saw a dark bay horse.  Was it Grijala again?  I could not see the face front one, but I knew it was not Grijala.  I would recognize that roman nose anywhere!  It was Jasper!!  Another horse that had not been seen for a while.  I could not remember when someone last saw him.  It was really great to see him and boy had he filled out.  He was gorgeous!

He was with Irial.  It did not take long for Jupiter and Hernando to go over and join them.  More boy play and it was only 6:30 am!

Jasper, Hernando and Irial
Jasper, Hernando and Irial
Jasper and Jupiter
Jasper and Jupiter

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Jasper and Irial
Jasper and Irial

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Irial and Jasper
Irial and Jasper
Irial and Jasper
Irial and Jasper
Irial and Jasper
Irial and Jasper
Jupiter, Jasper, Hernando and Irial, June 17, 2013
Jupiter, Jasper, Hernando and Irial, June 17, 2013

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Jasper
Jasper
Teton comes over to talk with the boys
Teton comes over to talk with the boys
Teton and Jupiter
Teton and Jupiter
Jupiter and Teton
Jupiter and Teton
Teton and Hernando
Teton and Hernando

It was great to watch these boys.  After a brief discussion with Teton, they were on their way to see what other trouble they could stir up.

I looked up and saw Gringo’s band standing peacefully.  Never once this trip did I see Gringo tear into Tecumseh.  I sure hope Tecumseh has some time to let his wounds heal.

Gringo and Band with Tecumseh, June 17, 2013
Gringo and Band with Tecumseh, June 17, 2013
Tecumseh, Gringo and Galadrial
Tecumseh, Gringo and Galadrial

I wanted to go check on Gracianna from Duke’s band.  She looked so close to foaling, so I headed down towards Penns.

There are some mud holes on the way that have a lot of water in them right now.  I was hoping to be able to catch some horses drinking from them in this great morning light.  I was lucky this time.  There were several bands using them this morning and there was a lot of action to witness as well.  Blue Moon Breeding Isadora, Tecumseh stirring it up with Blue Moon. Santa Fe action.  Horizon and Fiesta action.  It was fun to watch.

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From left to right: Galadrial, Beulah and Gringo
From left to right: Galadrial, Beulah and Gringo

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Gringo
Gringo
Gringo
Gringo
Halcyon and filly, June 17, 2013
Halcyon and filly, June 17, 2013
Amethyst and Halcyon's filly.
Amethyst and Halcyon’s filly.
Halcyon's filly and Sequoyah
Halcyon’s filly and Sequoyah

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Blue Moon and Isadora
Blue Moon and Isadora

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Tecumseh and Blue Moon
Tecumseh and Blue Moon
Tecumseh and Blue Moon
Tecumseh and Blue Moon

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Blue Moon and filly
Blue Moon and filly
Amethyst
Amethyst
Halcyon
Halcyon
Isadora
Isadora
Isadora and Blue Moon
Isadora and Blue Moon
Fools Gold and Dove
Fools Gold and Dove
Fools Gold and Dove
Fools Gold and Dove
Adona and Dove with LaBrava behind
Adona and Dove with LaBrava behind
Coronado
Coronado
Manuelita
Manuelita
Manuelita and Coronado
Manuelita and Coronado
Manuelita and Coronado
Manuelita and Coronado
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Juniper, Horizon and Fiesta
Juniper, Horizon and Fiesta
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper
Juniper and Fiesta
Juniper and Fiesta

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Horizon
Horizon
Horizon and Fiesta
Horizon and Fiesta
Horizon and Fiesta
Horizon and Fiesta

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Horizon and Fiesta
Horizon and Fiesta
Horizon
Horizon
Fiesta
Fiesta

We continued heading down the road.  I saw Jackson’s band in the trees and Duke’s band up the meadow.  No new foal yet.  We stayed there for several hours watching the interaction between the many bands that were heading down towards us.  Some of the photos are a bit blurry, but I decided to post them anyway, so you can see the interaction.

Jacksons band
Jacksons band
Cloud's band
Cloud’s band
Blue Moon, Gringo and Baja Bands
Blue Moon, Gringo and Baja Bands
Cloud's band
Cloud’s band
Garay running after Kohl
Garay running after Kohl
Garay snaking Kohl.  She is still running away!
Garay snaking Kohl. She is still running away!
Heading back
Heading back
Horizon flirting with Quelle Colour
Horizon flirting with Quelle Colour
Horizon and Garay fight
Horizon and Garay fight

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Fiesta takes over
Fiesta takes over
Fiesta and Garay
Fiesta and Garay
Galaxy and Fiesta
Galaxy and Fiesta
Galaxy and Band
Galaxy and Band

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Horizon, Fiesta and Tecumseh
Horizon, Fiesta and Tecumseh

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Garay and Galaxy again
Garay and Galaxy again
Garay and Galaxy
Garay and Galaxy
Chasing after Kohl again
Chasing after Kohl again
Clouds
Clouds
Gringo's band and part of Dukes in the back
Gringo’s band and part of Dukes in the back
Limerick and Ireland
Limerick and Ireland
Galaxy and Maia
Galaxy and Maia
Pococinno and Ireland
Pococinno and Ireland
Hera and Maia
Hera and Maia
Galaxy
Galaxy
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Garay moving his band.  Again.
Garay moving his band. Again.
Galaxy
Galaxy
Galaxy
Galaxy
Nimbus plays with Noble
Nimbus plays with Noble
Nimbus and Noble
Nimbus and Noble

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Chino joins up with some boys.
Chino joins up with some boys.
Mica trys to move his sister back to the band and away from Noble
Mica trys to move his sister back to the band and away from Noble
Noble and Nimbus bug Inocentes.
Noble and Nimbus bug Inocentes.

We made our way back up the road to see what was going on elsewhere.  By now I had seen all mountain top bands except Garcia’s and Cappuccino’s.  Cappuccino usually seems to keep his band down lower on Burnt Timber for longer.  I wasn’t worried.  He did the same thing last year.  Likewise, Garcia seems to keep his band down lower on the Turkey Flats area for longer.  I still had not seen Prince, Starman, Two Boots or Kindra.  I would not see them this trip.  I hope someone else does.  Or there is always next time.

We sat up above Mystic for a while watching the horses nap and interact.

Bolders, Docs and Morning Stars.
Bolders, Docs and Morning Stars.
Tetons and Morning Stars
Tetons and Morning Stars

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Docs
Docs
Chino with some boys
Chino with some boys
Bolders
Bolders
Chino with the Boys.
Chino with the Boys.
Irial, Chino, Hamlet and Hernando
Irial, Chino, Hamlet and Hernando
Coronado's Band and Santa Fe
Coronado’s Band and Santa Fe
Gringo's.
Gringo’s.
Tecumseh
Tecumseh
Chino and Boys
Chino and Boys
Clouds
Clouds
Cloud's band and Santa Fe
Cloud’s band and Santa Fe

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Coronado with Santa Fe dogging.
Coronado with Santa Fe dogging.
Coronado's
Coronado’s
Clouds
Clouds
Custers
Custers
Cloud and Custers
Cloud and Custers

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Coronado chasing Santa Fe away from Manuelita
Coronado chasing Santa Fe away from Manuelita
Coronado and Santa Fe
Coronado and Santa Fe
Coronado and Santa Fe
Coronado and Santa Fe
Manuelita slowly heads back to the rest of the band.
Manuelita slowly heads back to the rest of the band.

Heading back to our campsite, I encountered Jackson and some other bands.  I just got my camera out fast enough to catch Niabra trying to engage Nodin in play.  Fiesta did not care for that and sent her running back to her band!

Niabra
Niabra

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Nodin and Fiesta
Nodin and Fiesta

As a yearling, Moorcroft is seeming a little too intersted in the bands mares.  Jackson seems to be very patient with him.

Moorcroft with Hertiage
Moorcroft with Hertiage
Jackson and Moorcroft
Jackson and Moorcroft
Nye
Nye
Nye
Nye

Missoula from Teton’s band and Lobo from Bolder’s have a little fun play fighting.

Missoula and Lobo
Missoula and Lobo

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Mesa, Killian and Lobo
Mesa, Killian and Lobo

It was late afternoon by now, and time for a little break at the campsite.  We sat in the chairs and watched the horses working their way down towards us.  It looked like tonight they would all be surrounding us.  One of the best things I like about camping on top is hearing the whinnies and the thundering of hoofs on the ground running by us.   I knew it would be a good evening for watching and a good night for hearing.  It was also great to be able to share it with my daughter and some really good friends.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

15 thoughts on “Day Three, Mountain Top (Morning and Afternoon)

  1. Love seeing all the bands and the way they interact with each other. Always very interesting. And I don’t think we mind seeing some “blurry” images. Most of us just want to experience what you saw. Thanks again Sandy! Beautiful pics, as always.

  2. Thank you Sandy for your beautiful photos and your interesting stories of the Wild Ones.
    They all are looking good. It seems there’re a lot of actions.
    The babies start interact with each other and playing together. They are so cute.
    Reading your reports and looking at your amazing photos, I feel so connected with the beautiful Pryors. Thank you so much.

  3. I love the pictures of the boys sparring! You had the perfect backdrop too! I was hoping Chance and Gringo would develop a Lt. stallion relationship like Horizon and Fiddle. Where Chance still gets to interact with the band, because like you said I also think he would rather die than not be with his band in some way. I noticed Gringo actually allows him to intermingle now. I love the shot of Chance and Flint fighting too. And the picture of Texas grazing besides Halcyon’s filly and the one of Texas, Sequoyah, and the filly standing together. And the single shot of Texas too. Those are both mares I would enjoy seeing a surprise from one of these years. Love the pictures and reflections of the Jewel-Horizon-Fiesta group. Looking forward to both Autumn and LaBrava’s foals. And potential guesses at the who could be LaBrava’s baby daddy. Haha maybe it’s Santa Fe and that’s why he’s come back around! 🙂 I’m sure Garay just wanted to kill Kohl for running away in such close proximity with all those stallions! Jackson, Cloud, Baja, Duke, Gringo, Flint, Galaxy, Horizon/Fiddle, Red Raven, Santa Fe all right there. It’s cute to see Mica watching out for his little sister. And I had to laugh at Encore and Noble bugging Ingrid because it seems the foals always love to try to get her to play with them! I’m glad to see Chino hanging out with the boys. All the foals look great and it’s fun to see Missoula and Lobo playing with each other.

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