The mountain has not failed to show us all the horses, each and everyday so far, and last night the horses stayed to graze around our tents all night. The soft sound of their munching was a soothingly sound to sleep by.
This morning, the horses had moved on, but we were greeted by a special guest. 20 year old Cloud was in our camp.
It was good to see him, but I felt myself feeling sorry for him. After being a band stallion for more then 15 years, he was now alone.
He walked on after a few minutes, only to return a few hours later. We were treated to a front row seat to his interactions with some bachelors. For me, the one thing that stood out during this, was the amount of respect each of them gave him. “Treat your elders kindly ” has deep meaning in the wild horse world.
As I write this post, it is only 2:00pm, but we have seen every horse at our campsite, and even a show of about 50 horses thundering by at top speed. Not a minute goes by where I am not grateful for what the mountain gives to me With each “on the mountain post that I give you, I am going to try and pick out a “favorite horse of the day”.
Today, that horse Is Jasper. I am so impressed with him. He has only had his new band for a short time, but he shows the skills of a seasoned band stallion. He is Jackson’s son and Lakota’s grandson, and it shows.
So while it is painful to watch the older ones alone, some of that pain is eased by watching the new younger generation take over. We can all have some comfort in knowing that there will continue to be great stallions on this mountain