I have watched this story unfolding now for several years. I saw Killian for the first time when he was about a month old. Beautiful and very much a shadow or “Echo” of his grandfather Cloud. His mother Celt watching over him closely and protecting him from all that challenged him. It was cute for the first few years, but now, here we are four years later and Killian continues to nurse his mother, but yet is now trying to breed his fathers mares. This started to happen last year when he was three, but now as a four-year old, it is becoming even more apparent. This kid needs to go.
But Bolder has seemed to be rather nonchalant about the whole story. I have shook my head more than once at this situation and I have said out loud, that I wondered if his mother Celt was grooming him to take his father’s band.
This time, it was very apparent that Killian wanted his fathers mare, Sapo. He constantly snaked her and tried to mount her. Finally on this evening, Bolder had enough of it.
I have seen Bolder and Killian have a few little “discussions”, but nothing like what we all witnessed a few evenings ago. This time the discussion took on a new level and strength about it and went on into the night. Some of it took place right outside our tents! I expected (and hoped) to see the problem solved in the morning, but instead, I saw the whole band intact and peacefully grazing nearby.
The light could not have been more perfect for these shots. I will let the photos speak for themselves. If you would like to see the image in a larger size, just click on the image.
I am looking forward to watching this story continue to unfold this summer. I hope it has a good ending for Bolder.