Amber and I just got back from spending 10 consecutive days in the Pryors. Two of those were in the Dryhead, the first and the last. I really enjoyed being able to watch the horses on such a regular basis. There were a few things that changed, but for the most part everything is the same.
Probably the biggest changes I saw were:
1. Corona and his band are up on top of the mountain (they are Dryhead Horses). Topper seems to be adjusting well with this band (she is Chino’s former mare). She absolutely adores Norte and the feeling seems to be mutual. I watched them play several times together.
I really loved getting to know this band better. I had only seen them a couple of times before (before the addition of Norte and Topper). They really took a piece of my heart this April when I discovered them while coming down Sykes Ridge, about a month after Norte was born. It was a special gift to see them on top of the mountain.
I am sure it was Topper who lead them up there. Taking them to better forage and a beautiful view.
After a few days, they were starting to work they way down further and were interacting with the other bands quite well. There were a few spars, but for the most part it was peaceful. Topper and her daughter Topper Too came within feet of each other, but never interacted. They did not even seem to care. I think they are both were they need to be. I am seeing a side to Topper that I never saw while she was with Chino and her daughter. Her personality is much more relaxed. Yes, she still occasionally gave me the famous “over the shoulder Topper look”, but not nearly as much.
2. Lariat left her family band and joined up with Garay, Quelle Colour and Kohl for one day. Duke made no attempt to stop her or confront Garay. I am sure she was in heat, and I saw Garay trying to breed her. Kohl seemed to enjoy having a “sister” to hang out with. The next day Lariat was back with her family band.
3. Another Dryhead horse Seattle was on top of the mountain. It was really great to see him. I saw him everyday, mostly off by himself. But one afternoon he was mixing it up with the boys for a while. I never noticed how much smaller he is until I saw him next to Hernando.
The foals are getting big and I was able to witness several times where they were playing with other foals from other bands. I never get tired of watching them.
The bachelor boys always bring a smile to my face. Another group I could watch all day.
The following photos are highlights of my 8 days on the mountain top. The last few days I switched from my bigger lens (100-400) to a smaller wider lens (70-200). My new favorite shots are more landscapes. It was fun to try and capture the way the land really looks. I hope you enjoy them. I plan on using that lens for most of my next trip!
A big thank you to my good friend Ross (and Marge) for helping me conquer Burnt Timber Road in my truck. Ross, I don’t think there will ever be a time that I drive that road and don’t hear your voice telling me what to do! HA! Thanks so much.
Burnt Timber Road is now my road of choice for getting to the mountain top.