Probably one of the most important things that I noticed on this September trip was seeing 4 bachelor stallions in the upper Skyline Meadow. I wrote a post about this meadow in February 2012. You can click MEADOW, to go there and learn more about this meadow.
On my August trip, I hike up there and did not see any recent signs of horses. The BLM installed a water guzzler up here in 2010 to try to encourage the horses to use this area. This is where BigFoot lived and died and it seemed no other horses wanted to use this area. This is very exciting to see horses up there again. Especially seeing these young bachelors, who will soon have bands of their own and hopefully take them up to this area.
I was more than a mile away when I took these photos. I believe it is Knight, London, Inali and either Hamlet, Grijala or Jasper. I just can not make out the fourth horse very well in any of the photos. I kept an eye on them from below. They stayed there from morning until early afternoon.
As I watched these boys in the upper meadow, I was also watching 59 other horses near me. It was a beautiful day. I had not seen the horses come out and use this mountain top area since my July trip. All of my August days (I spent 7 days on top) the horses were hiding in the trees and would only come out to drink morning and night (for the most part).
Now with the weather cooler, (the nights were in the lower 40’s, the days were in the low 60’s) the horses were not on a regular drinking schedule. There had been a big rain the night before I came up and every morning there was a very thick dew on the grass. It seemed it was eliminating the need for a morning drink. I almost felt they were only drinking once a day now, and at different times.
The bachelor encounters with the other bands are getting increasingly violent. Tecumseh is still following Gringo, but Gringo is not as tolerant as he was a month ago. One evening I saw Gringo take Tecumseh to the ground, something I rarely see with any of the stallions fights.
I did not see Bajas or Cappuccinos. I did see every other band and every other bachelor. Of course I was hoping to see Washakie (Baja’s mare) with a new foal, and check on how McKeahnie’s (Cappuccinos son) wound was doing, but it would not happen this trip.
Below are some of photos that I took from my days on the mountain. If you have an questions, please ask! I fell in love with a certain young filly this trip. She just would not leave me a lone. That started in August. She is now bringing her little brother to see me too. Can you guess who it is?