Missing Horses (Updated!)

Cloud, April 28, 2014
Cloud, April 28, 2014

While the discovery on Sunday of one missing horse (Cloud) was very much celebrated by all (including myself), there are still some horses that are missing or have been”relocated” to other bands or stallions. I am equally as concerned about these horses.

When I started this blog in February 2012, my goal was to focus on every horse on the range, not just the very famous ones, and I will continue to do that.  Hopefully, giving each horse a chance to shine.

Below is a list of the current horses that have not been seen for a while.  I included several photos of each horse and also listed their markings.  If anyone sees any of these horses, please let me know.  I will then report it to the Center and BLM.  Thank you.

Demure, April 25, 2014
Demure, April 25, 2014

1. Demure (mare) Although she has not been missing for very long, I am still very concerned for her.  At the time of the above photo she was very pregnant and with the band stallion Doc.  She has not been seen since the end of April.

Demure, born in 2003.   Color:  Grulla.  Markings: left white front pastern, right front inside pastern (white), left hind coronet (white), right hind inside pastern (white).

UPDATE: 5-21-2014.  Spotted today by TCF and with her is a new colt!  So happy about this.  Demure lost her foal last year so happy to hear she has another one.  This is Foal # 9 for this year.  I will post a photo as soon as I can.

Demure, August 2013
Demure, August 2013

 

Doc's Band, July 31, 2012
Doc’s Band, July 31, 2012

2. Mandan/Malpais (colt)

Mandan is Demure’s (and Santa Fe’s) son.  Born in 2012.  I saw him in February.  I contacted the BLM and the last time they saw him was the end of March.  At that time he was with the bachelor stallion, Jasper.

Mandan, born in 2012.  Color:  Black.  Markings:  small star, right front pastern (white), left hind sock (white).

UPDATE:  Confirmed sighting of Mandan/Malpais this past Sunday!!  More great news!  Thank you PMWMC for posting photos taken by some local Lovell folks!

Mandan, May 2014
Mandan, June 2013
Mandan and Demure, September 2013
Mandan and Demure, September 2013
Mandan, July 2013
Mandan, July 2013
Mandan/Malpais.  Photo by BLM, end of March 2014
Mandan/Malpais. Photo by BLM, end of March 2014

3. Teton (stallion)   Teton lost his band to Hernando in February, 2014.  I saw him in mid-February when I was there.  He was seen a few weeks later, but not since then.

Teton, born in 1994.  Color:  Blue Roan.  Markings:  star and small snip.  Left hind sock.

Teton, August, 2013
Teton, August, 2013
Teton with his band, August 2013
Teton with his band, August 2013
Teton and band, September 2013
Teton and band, September 2013
Teton (Diamond), March 2012
Teton (Diamond), March 2012

4.  Jacinta (mare)  Jacninta was in Gringo’s band when I last saw her in September. I contacted the BLM and the last time they saw Jacinta was the end of November.

My friend Anh was on the mountain after I was in September.  I knew she had taken some beautiful photos of her and asked if I could use them for this post.

Jacinta, born in 2009.  Color: red/bay.  Markings: Blaze, Left hind sock, right hind coronet.

UPDATE:  May 28th.  Found by Scott P. from Powell, Wy.  With Meriweather and most likely Grijala (not 100% sure on Grijala).  Photo below.  Thank you Scott. Update on May 31!   Things change quickly, so it will interesting to see who they end up with.  Another update (5-31-14)  Confirmed sighting of Jacinta with the band stallion Garary, mares, Kohl and Meriweather.  Thanks Shawn.

Jacinta with her band (Gringo/Tecumseh), September 2013.
Jacinta with her band (Gringo/Tecumseh), September 2013.
Jacinta.  Photo by Anh.
Jacinta. Photo by Anh.
Jacinta, photo by Anh
Jacinta, photo by Anh
Photo by Scott P.  5-28-14
Photo by Scott P. 5-28-14

5.  Madonna (mare)  I am not sure when the last time someone saw Madonna.  I do know that it has been several months.  A few weeks ago when Ginger was there looking for Cloud, she mentioned in her post that she saw (through her scope) Duke’s band way out.  At that time she did not see Madonna or her two daughters, Meriweather and Lariat.  I have included photos of both of them here as well.

Madonna, born in 1989. Color:  Sorrel.  Markings: Blaze.

6. Lariat (filly), born in 2011.  Color: Bay.  Markings: solid.  (May be with Horizon and band.)

7. Meriweather (filly), born in 2012.  Color: Bay.  Markings: star with connected stripe.  Hernia.  FOUND!  May 29, 2014. Found with Jacinta and most likely Grijala (can’t quite tell).  Photo below.  Thank you Scott P.  Confirmed sighting (May 31, 2014) Meriweather along with Jacinta and Kohl are now with the band stallion Garay.  Thanks Shawn.

Thanks again to Anh for providing some of the most beautiful photos I have seen of Madonna.

Madonna.  Photo by Anh.
Madonna. Photo by Anh.
Madonna with her band, September 2013.
Madonna with her band, September 2013.
Madonna and Meriweather.  Photo by Anh
Madonna and Meriweather. Photo by Anh
Madonna and Meriwether, September 2013
Madonna and Meriwether, September 2013
Lariat, August 2013
Lariat, August 2013 (may be with Horizon and Band)
Meriweather, August 2013
Meriweather, August 2013
Photo by Scott P.  5-28-14
Photo by Scott P. 5-28-14
Madonna, August 2013
Madonna, August 2013

8.  Topper (mare)  Topper was last with the band stallion Corona.  It has been several months since she has been seen.

Topper, born in 1991.  Color:  Dun.  Markings: solid with fishboning.

Topper (on far right) with Corona and band, July 2013.
Topper (on far right) with Corona and band, July 2013.
Topper Too and Topper, August 31, 2012
Topper Too and Topper, August 31, 2012
Chino and Topper and Topper Too.  May 2012.
Chino and Topper and Topper Too. May 2012.

9.  Tonapah (mare)  Tonapah was last seen with Horizon and band.  The last time this band was seen (in early winter), she was not with them.  However, this band has not been seen for several months, so I have included them here as well.  It should be noted that this band (except Tonapah who was formally with Dukes band) spends the winter on the Sykes side.  Which has limited access for sights in the winter months.

Tonapah, born in 1986.  Color:  Grulla.  Markings: solid with highlights in mane.

10.  Juniper (mare)(Jewel), born in 2009.  Color:  Buckskin.  Markings: left hind sock.

11.  Horizon (stallion), born in 2007.  Color: dun.  Markings: small star and snip.  Left hind pastern.

12.  Fiesta (stallion), born in 2005.  Color: Bay Roan.  Markings:  Star and connected stripe.  Four socks.

UPDATE!! (5-20-2014)  Thanks to an email from BLM, I recieved word that this band has been sighted on Burnt Timber Road recently!  They have an additional horse with them.  Not 100% sure, but it may be Lariat!

Tonapah, August 2011,
Tonapah, August 2011,
Tonapah, August 2013.
Tonapah, August 2013.
Juniper, August 2012
Juniper, August 2012
Juniper, August 2013
Juniper, August 2013
Horizon, July 7, 2012
Horizon, July 7, 2012
Fiesta and Horizon, 2012
Fiesta and Horizon, 2012
Horizon and Fiesta, August, 2013
Horizon and Fiesta, August, 2013
Fiesta and Horizon, July 2012
Fiesta and Horizon, July 2012
Fiesta, April, 2013
Fiesta, April, 2013

13.  Garay (stallion)  Garay and his band consisting of Lakota’s former lead mare, Quelle Colour and her daughter Kohl, has not been seen for a while.  I can not recall when the last time I heard they had been sighted.

Garay, born in 2006.  Color: Grullo.  Markings:  small star, missing left ear tip.

14.  Quelle Colour (mare).  Born in 1992.  Color:  Chestnut.  Markings: Blaze, left front sock, right hind sock, left hind sock.

15.  Kohl (filly).  Born in 2010.  Color:  Black.  Markings: small star.

UPDATE!! (5-20-2014)  Thanks to an email from BLM, I recieved word that this band has been sighted on Burnt Timber Road recently!

Garay, August 2012
Garay, August 2012
Quelle Colour and Garay, August 2013.
Quelle Colour and Garay, August 2013.
Quelle Colour and Kohl, August 2013
Quelle Colour and Kohl, August 2013
Quelle Colour and Kohl, October, 2010
Quelle Colour and Kohl, October, 2010
Kohl, May 20, 2012
Kohl, May 20, 2012

Hopefully some if not all of these horses will be sighted in the next several weeks.  Once the horses are on the mountain top, they will be easier to spot and there will be more people watching for them.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

62 thoughts on “Missing Horses (Updated!)

    1. Not really. No chips or colars on these horses. The range is very large and vast, especially in the winter/spring months when the horses are spread out over the entire range.

  1. I also am concerned for the other horses that have not been seen for awhile. Thanks for the update and hopefully someone sees each and every one of them.

  2. I’m actually glad to hear that BLM saw Mandan as a bachelor with Jasper in March. I feel like he is ok and is just out of sight like the bachelors can often be this time of year. And Jasper is often hard to find in the winter. I think it was June last year before he popped up on the mountain. Grijala might be with them too, I know you saw him and Jasper together in February. Hopefully Demure was taken by another stallion when she went off to foal. The last time she was seen she was looking like she would foal any day. Maybe she’s even with Jackson now and that’s how Doc ended up with Brumby and Moorcroft. Hopefully Jacinta is the same situation. Just taken by another stallion when she went off to foal. There seems to be so much exchange this year. NPS saw Meriwether and Lariat with Duke in February. That made me more worried for Madonna, because I didn’t think she would leave her daughters behind. But then since Ginger didn’t think they were there recently gives me hope that maybe Madonna did make it through the winter and they are with her wherever she is. I was worried about her not looking her best for a lot of the summer. But she did put a good amount of weight in the fall. I’m hoping that maybe since Tonopah was used to wintering in another area of the range and is set in her ways that maybe she just refused to follow young Horizon and his band to Sykes. If Garay did not have Quelle Color I would be worried because of his track record, especially through the winter. But I’m confident in Quelle Colors lead mare capabilities and I know she will take care of Kohl. I hope Diamond is just healing and putting on weight. Nancy reminded us on the Mustang Center’s facebook page that when he was hurt and lost his band around the time of the 2006 bait trap, he disappeared for almost a year before popping up again. Hopefully these missing horses will pop up soon. Some of the more recent missings I’m going to try not to worry about until everyone is up on the mountain and more visible. Although it would be great for them to show themselves before then!

    And I am happy that I have come to know every horse’s story through your blog 🙂

    1. Maybe some of the recently missing mares will pop up with a bachelor that hasn’t been seen in awhile. Maybe even Grijala. He definitely likes the young ladies too, maybe he swept in and gotten Meriwether and Lariat. I feel like if he came across one of the mares that went off to foal he would definitely plan to keep her.

    2. I agree Sarah. Just getting their faces out there for everyone to be more aware and report sightings. The sooner we know (just like Cloud), the better.

      Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

  3. Hopefully they’ll come trotting up the mountain real soon! Just look at Chino.. I think a lot of people figured he had passed away this winter, but suddenly there he was – fighting for mares even:) All of these horses are so special. I think the ones I’m the most worried about are Tonopah, Madonna and Teton.
    It’s hard to imagine the pryors without Tonopah. But if she didn’t make it, at least she had one heck of a last year with handsome Horizon;)

    1. Hi Anne! I am probably the most worried about those 3 as well. Even though it has been an extremely hard and long winter, I am still hoping that all 15 show their faces. I did not make this post for everyone to be sad, but wanted to raise awareness so that hopefully they will be sighted and reported about.

      1. That’s fantastic!! 😀 Can’t wait to see a new photo of the old lady;) Do you know if there has been older horses on the range??

      2. Tonapah is going to be 28 years young this year!! WOW!! I don’t believe that there has been another horse live longer on the range, but I am not sure.

        What an incredible horse she is. Last year she looked so good and I am so happy to hear that I will be able to see her again this year.

        She amazes me, not just because she is Lakota’s mom :), but just who she is as a mare. She made such a difference in the lives of the Odd Couple band. They matured and became a well mannered band instead of a bunch of teenagers running around with no agenda. I hope Tonapah is able to stay with them for a while longer, they can only benefit more from it.

      3. And Tonopah has quite the legacy on the range! One of the most prolific mares for sure!

      4. She’s spesial, no doubt!:) Who are her other offsprings on the range now? Try as I might, it’s hard to keep track:/ I only remembered Lakota, who definitly showed her good genes. It will be great to see how the odd couple has developed and matured over the winter together with her:)

  4. Lol! You have successfully replaced my apparently foolish worry for Doc with more pressing concerns! 😀 Some of the mares are very old and you all must be concerned how they fared the winter until someone lays eyes on them. For all the good it does, I will do some long distance fretting and hope to see good news soon.

    Nanina

  5. Sandy,
    Thanks for this post. As far as I am concerned, all the Pryor Horses are famous and important. From reading many of your posts it appears that you have issues with Cloud and Ginger. While Cloud is well know because of Ginger and the foundation he’s not aware of his fame – he’s just a mustang trying to survive and keep his family together. As for Ginger, she has worked to save mustangs from the Pryors and other Western herds. In her posts, she may focus on Cloud, but she also writes about others as well. I’m guessing that you have a favorite Pryor horse. I know I do and it’s Brumby. It’s because of the Cloud stories that I became aware of the plight of the American Mustang and have become an advocate. My life has changed because of Cloud and Ginger but I advocate for all Mustangs.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Ginger and I have had our differences over the years. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t. But even though we have our differences, I emailed her and expressed my concern about Cloud and wished her luck in finding him.

      I certainly don’t have any issues with Cloud, I was just as concerned about his disappearances as many others. What I do have concerns about is the obsession that surrounds Cloud, because I feel that all the other horses in the Pryors are just as important as he.

      When there is an issue involved with the Pryor Horses (range expansion, changes in the PZP program, gather proposals, etc.) I am not hesitate to express my concerns and opinion on that, even though I sometime do not agree with TCF conclusion. This is Wild in the Pryor blog, not a branch of TCF, or any other organization. So just because I don’t always agree with everything TCF wants, does not mean that I would not hesitate to stand with them on issues that I do agree with.

      No, actually, at the moment, I don’t have a favorite horse, my favorite horse, Lakota died of a broken leg in the summer of 2012. But even though he was my favorite horse, I still reported about all the others (in great detail with thousands of photos).

      Thank you for your comment.

      1. If anything, I was the one who was a bit mystified why people were obsessed with Cloud, not Sandy. People responded to my post saying there had been multiple documentaries about him and a foundation (dedicated to all Pryor horses, not just Cloud but Cloud is kind of the poster horse for it since it does use his name). I had never heard of Cloud despite him getting a lot of attention in documentaries so that’s why I asked about him. Hope that clears everything up!

      2. Sandy,
        Thanks for your response. I recognize that we all have our own opinions and do not agree on everything. I know that this is your blog and that you are not part of TCF. The important thing is the welfare of the Mustangs and I believe we all want what we think is best for them. As for the “obscession with Cloud”- if this is in reference to Ginger – I cannot speak to that. If this is in reference to the public’s interest we can look at it as a positive thing in that it has made lots of people (myself included) aware of the plight of the American Mustang and gotten lots of people to take up the cause. I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts here and do enjoy your updates on all the Pryor Mustangs 🙂

  6. I hope Horizon, Juniper, and Fiesta are still around. They were the Odd Couple band right? I always wanted to know what happened to their dynamic. Hopefully they surface sometime soon!

    1. Hi Diane,

      I am hoping that many if not all of these horses show up. Just getting their faces out there so the people (there are more now that the weather is good) can have a face to look at and maybe see while they are out seeing horses.

  7. I haven’t had time to read all the comments. But I am pretty sure Malpais/Mandan was with Mica on Sunday. I’ll get you a picture to see what you think.

  8. For those of you following comments, I have posted updates of horses that have been reported to me as being seen. Those bands are: Horizon’s band, consisting of Tonapah, Fiesta, Juniper and one extra (possible Lariat). And Garay’s band ,consisting of Quelle Colour and Kohl. Very good news and thank you Ryan for letting me know.

  9. This post did exactly what you wanted it to! Getting the info out there and people sharing their sightings! That is so great that Tonopah is still with Horizon’s band! So relieved! And great that Lariat may be with them now too. I’m sure Juniper will enjoy having another mare close to her age. I would LOVE for Juniper to have a foal this year!!! I have seriously been waiting for the time she would be in the pzp free window and we would finally (hopefully) get to see a foal from her and Horizon. I know it will be stunning! I’d love for her to have a mini-me buckskin 🙂 Glad to hear Garay’s band has been spotted too. Let’s keep the good news coming!

  10. Thanks for the updates!! I am so excited to hear that Juniper, Horizon, Fiesta and Tonopah (plus one) have been sighted! Demure has me worried though, and Mandan, but that would be awesome if he is with Mica now! Like others have said, I’m hoping the missing mares/foals are with the bachelors who haven’t been sighted. I can’t help but worry about them-even though I know they know what they are doing! Relieved to hear that Quelle Colour and Kohl are well-Garay’s dubious history had me kind of worried. Fingers crossed for everyone who hasn’t been sighted!

    I think this post was a great idea too 🙂

  11. Really good post Sandy – what a way to get the word out, and the answers back in (for us all to enjoy!)!! So glad for those that have been sighted, anxiously awaiting word on the others. Thanks for your efforts, Sandy!

  12. I wanted to mention too that Feldspar threw another stunning foal! 😀 hopefully Nimbus will find herself in a better situation soon too. Knight seems to be looking out for her!

    Sounds like Feldspar and Innocentes were pretty instrumental in returning themselves to Cloud-those girls know what they want 🙂

  13. Oh, and of course it’s fantastic that Cloud has turned up and is looking better 🙂 love to hear of any of the horses turning up safe and sound!!

      1. The chart on the News section of the Mustang Center website says Juniper, but since they’ve only listed band stallions I wasn’t sure if it was a typo or not.

  14. I was also just thinking that if Juniper/Jewel does foal this year, Tonopah would be a great mare to help her raise her first foal.

    1. So has Cloud been sighted?
      The message is very confusing because you are saying he has been sighted and then you mention him as deceased.

      1. Thanks for clearing that up.
        Such a sad loss – he is a legend and from his legacy he will live on in the many foals that have been born. Our brumbies in Australia are facing similar challenges as to what the wild horses are facing in the states…..

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