Summer 2015, Part One

First camping trip of the year, June 20-24, 2015
First camping trip of the year, June 20-24, 2015

I apologize for not getting a post out sooner.  But, I have to admit, I was having a difficult time looking at my photos after the removal.   After spending the entire summer with these horses and then being there for the removal of the mountain top horses, I had a lot of emotions that weren’t ready to surface.

All of the horses removed, I had seen as little foals, watched some of them leave their family bands and become bachelors, and watched others get to know their home on the mountain.  I knew I had hundreds of photos of the horses that were removed, and I just was not ready to see them.

It was this week, that I realized I was ready, and actually looking forward to reviewing the thousands of photos from the summer.  I have been very blessed to have been able to spend so much time on the mountain with these horses.

This first post is only of my very first trip up there.  After several months away from the horses, I find that my first trip, I take a lot of photos, then with each following trip, I begin to take less shots, and put down my camera to watch the horses and my guests through my own eyes.

June sunset.
June sunset.

June is one of my favorite months on the mountain top.  The mountain is just awaking after a long winter, and the horses are much more active with each other.  The mountain top brings them all in closer proximity to each other then what they are in the winter months, so there is more action between the stallions on a regular basis.  If you don’t mind the cool nights and want a lot of action shots, this is the month for you.

I’m not sure how much longer I will be be doing guided tours, so I cherish each moment I had there with my guests and the horses. I will be doing two guided camping trips in June this year.  They are starting to book, so if you are interested, contact me soon.  Go to 2016 Camping, to find out more information, with available dates for June, July and August.

So, below are some of the photos I took during this first trip.

Bolder's band visited our camp on a regular basis, with Killian and Lobo denting my truck during a sparing match.
Bolder’s band visited our camp on a regular basis, with Killian and Lobo denting my truck during a sparing match.
Bachelor Boys near our camp
Bachelor Boys near our camp
Nahwa and McKeanhie
Nahwa and McKeanhie

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Bachelors
Bachelors
Hamlets
Hamlets
A very pregnant Jacinta
A very pregnant Jacinta

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Petite Colour
Petite Colour
Kohl and Petite Colour
Kohl and Petite Colour
Garay
Garay
Merriweather
Merriweather
One of the many views from the mountain top
One of the many views from the mountain top
Tecumseh and band
Tecumseh and band
Grijala and band
Grijala and band
Little Miss Noble
Little Miss Noble
Cappucinno's run to the Mystic Pond
Cappucinno’s run to the Mystic Pond
The Cappucinno's
The Cappucinno’s
Cappucinno's
Cappucinno’s
Custers
Custers
Nye, Firestorm, Brumby and Okomi
Nye, Firestorm, Brumby and Okomi
Brumby
Brumby
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Nye
Nye

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Irial
Irial
Oceana
Oceana
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Nye
Nye
Aurora
Aurora
Baja's
Baja’s
Baja's
Baja’s
Ojai
Ojai
Washakie
Washakie
Ojai
Ojai

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Baja's
Baja’s
Odakota
Odakota

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Noble and Naolin
Noble and Naolin
Pococeno and Galaxy
Pococeno and Galaxy
Limerick
Limerick
Penny
Penny
Manelita with Dove in the background
Manelita with Dove in the background
Naolin and Odakata
Naolin and Odakata
Naolin and Odakota
Naolin and Odakota
Baja and London
Baja and London
London
London
Naolin and Nickel
Naolin and Nickel
Nickel and Naolin
Nickel and Naolin
Petra
Petra

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Doc and London
Doc and London
London and Doc
London and Doc
Petra and Galena
Petra and Galena
Cloud
Cloud
Cloud
Cloud
Boys with Mandan and Moorcroft in front
Boys with Mandan and Moorcroft in front
Mandan and Moorecroft
Mandan and Moorecroft
Galaxy
Galaxy
Irial
Irial

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Pride and Feldspar
Pride and Feldspar

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Jasper
Jasper
Ketchikan and Okiotak
Ketchikan and Okiotak
Medicine Bow, Pride and Rosarita
Medicine Bow, Pride and Rosarita

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Mescalero
Mescalero
Mescalero
Mescalero

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Hera
Hera
Kreguer Pond
Kreguer Pond
Grijala and Noble
Grijala and Noble
Chino
Chino
Hamlet and Niyaha
Hamlet and Niyaha
Hamlet
Hamlet
Niyaha and Hamlet
Niyaha and Hamlet
Niyaha and Audobon
Niyaha and Audobon
Gabriele and Patterson
Gabriele and Patterson
Cappuccino's
Cappuccino’s
Naara
Naara
Patterson and Blanca
Patterson and Blanca
View from Campsite
View from Campsite
Gringo and Tecumseh bands
Gringo and Tecumseh bands
Bolder
Bolder
Lobo
Lobo

I’ll be publishing “Part Two of Summer 2015” soon!

Sandy

14 thoughts on “Summer 2015, Part One

  1. Love all the beautiful pics! A couple of things I jotted down while enjoying them all:
    horse dents…cool! haha or not!
    Is Noble missing the tips of her ears? Or is it just the way they’re turned?
    London has turned into quite the hunk of a horse.
    Love Galaxy’s forelock…wowsers!

    1. Thanks Lola!! Yes, horse dents. Not too bad, just a truck “bruise” don’t plan on getting it fixed! 🙂 Yes, Noble is missing the tips of her ears. You probably remember that she was born in the early spring, it was cold enough to freeze her ears off then! Yes, London is really filling out, just wish he could control his emotions a bit more. That will come with age hopefully! Jasper is beginning to take over Galaxy in looks, believe it or not. 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos, Sandy! I’m slowly starting to be able to recognise a lot of them now! The mountain looks so lovely in June–I wish school finished earlier so I could get out earlier, not that August wasn’t still amazing 😉

  3. Beautiful post Sandy! I love all the pictures and I’m glad they have turned into a source of happiness and comfort instead of sadness. I absolutely LOVED my time on the mountain with you, I consider myself very blessed to have had the opportunity to spend part of the summer with you and the horses. I will certainly cherish my memories and pictures forever!!

  4. Great pics, Sandy! I especially enjoy the ones of Naolin, and Jasper. Thanks for sharing, as always. Sorry to hear you may not be spending as much time on the Range as before, but you have all your pics, and the memories… I will certainly try to plan my next visit to coincide with one of your trips.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous pictures Sandy! I have to admit, I was a bit emotional with the removal of Nye and McKennie. If I was a broke college student my pony would have gotten a buddy. I would have snatched Nye up in a heartbeat were circumstances better. I fell in love with her from day one and my heart broke a little to see her removed and in BLMs online adoption.
    Thank you so much for all you’ve done. You’re photos are inspiring and continue to remind me why I want to visit these guys in person someday.

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