Jackson. The Passing of a Legend

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February 2013

I woke up this morning with a message from Sarah and Abbie.  Jackson had died.  While this was not unexpected, it was still very shocking.  I can’t imagine the mountain without Jackson.

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Moorcroft licks Jacksons wound, February 2013.

Jackson was born to the mare Broken Bow and stallion Two Boots in 1998.  This beautiful coyote dun stallion was a giant force on the mountain.  He claimed the largest bands up until he lost his status of a band stallion in May of 2014.  While he claimed a mare from time to time for a short while, his days of being a prominent band stallion were over.

For some stallions, they give up the will to live after the loss of their band.  But Jackson choose to embrace his next role:  caretaker of those in need.  He was often spotted with young bachelors teaching them the “ropes”.   But perhaps his most important role was that of a caring bachelor stallion. It seemed if any horse on the mountain was alone or need a friend, Jackson was there.  Either briefly or for a longer period of time, he stood by those in need.   The most significant one was when he spent an entire summer watching over a wounded Mandan.  I believe Mandan is a live today because of Jackson.

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An injured Mandan appeared at our camp during dinner with a caring Jackson keeping watch over him.

Caring was not new to Jackson, when he was still a band stallion, I witnessed many touching moments of closeness with his family.  This behavior never ended, as he continued to carry out that role as an older bachelor.

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Jackson and Brumby. As Matt Dillion called them: The Brad and Angelina of the mountain. I wish they had been allowed to keep more of their offspring.
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Jackson’s Band, 2-17-13 Protecting his band from a snowstorm.

Perhaps one of the funnest moments I shared on the mountain with Jackson, was in July 2014.  A few cattle from a nearby ranch, happened to wander on the range.  While I am sure this wasn’t the first time he saw cattle, it was amusing to watch his reaction to them.  The rancher removed them later that day.

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In the winter of 2016-17, he somehow injured his left eye.  It appeared that he had lost sight in that eye.  Many of us worried he would not make it without vision in both eyes.  But once again, he showed us how amazing and strong he was.

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I could continue to tell many stories of this amazing stallion.  But somehow the words are not coming very easily to me this morning.

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Jackson and Brumby with Hayden, 2007. Thank you Terry for your photo.
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Jackson and his son Maelstrom, February, 2013

To me, Jackson was the most caring and nurturing stallion on the mountain.  There will be a giant empty space where this amazing stallion was.  He left this earth on his own terms, wild and free.  Rest easy Jackson.  You changed my life, and I know you changed the life of may others.  Thank you.

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Jackson, October, 2011.

2019 Pryor Foal # 16

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The Sixteenth 2019 Pryor foal was born sometime around November 1 to Jasmine and Doc.  Jasmine is the 2009 daughter of Aztec and Cloud.  Doc is the 2003 son of Winnemucca and Little Foot.

The foal is a filly and the name that has been chosen is Talulah.

I found that there are three meaning to this name.  The first one that came up was:  An Online Australian Woman’s Boutique.  Surprised by this, I googled it again.  This time from Wikipedia:Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn[1] (born 26 September 1985), known professionally as Talulah Riley, is an English actress.  Still thinking that there had to be more, I googled it again and found this:  The name Talulah means Leaping Water and is of Native American origin. Talulah is a name that’s been used by parents who are considering baby names for girls. Choctaw.

Okay, I think the last meaning is the one I will think of when I say this name, since the announcement of the name did not include what meaning it was intended for.

Welcome to the Pryors beautiful little filly!  These photos were taken by Jack Sterling on December 3 (Thank you Jack for the use of your photos).  As you can see, she seems to be doing quite well.  Looking forward to seeing this little one!

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A Tribute To The Horses That Have Passed in 2019

IMG_5341The 2019 year is coming to a close soon.  For the past several years, I have been publishing this post to honor and remember the horses that died during the year, this year is no exception.

A part of me just wanted to let it slide by, this post is never an easy one to make, but in the end, I realized that I needed to continue this tradition and give these wonderful wild horses one last post of love.  The mountain is a special and spiritual place, even though these horses are gone, their spirit continues to touch anyone who visits and takes the time to listen.

The horses below are listed in alphabetical order.

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Baja, 2015

1.  Baja.  Baja was the 1996 son of Tonapah and Looking Glass.  Baja was an incredably strong band stallion.   He held on to his band until the fall of 2017.  That year he was 21.  The average life of a wild stallion on the mountain is 19, and for him to not only out live that, but to continue to hold unto his band until he was 21, was an amazing accomplishment.  He was one of the most beautiful stallions on the mountain.  He is truly missed.  His legend lives on with his beautiful daughter Quahneah and her offspring.

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Baja, May 2012
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Duke, 2016

2.  Duke.  Duke was the 1996 son of Flicka and Bigfoot.  Duke was also a strong and consistent band stallion.  He too lived to the age of 23, losing his band the winter of 2017-18.  His legend lives on with 7 offspring left on the range.

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Duke, 2015
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Duke, 2016
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Fiero, 2012

3.  Fiero.  Fiero was the 2005 son of Sacajawea and Merlin.  A beautiful stallion with an amazing bloodline, Fiero died too soon.  Unfortunately, he has no known offspring on the range.

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Fiero, winter 2012
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Jemez with his bachelor buddies in 2012.  From left to right:  Jemez, Hidatsa, Hawk and Issaquah

4.  Jemez.  Jemez was the 2009 son of Strawberry and Blizzard.  Life is tough for these Dryhead stallions.  So few filly/mares for these amazing stallions, Jemez’s life was cut short due to an injury.  He also has no known offspring on the range.

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Jemez, 2012
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Killian and Lobo, summer of 2015

5.  Lobo was the 2011 son of Sapo and Bolder.  Lobo was an amazingly beautiful horse.  Just coming into his own, he disappeared the winter of 2018-19.  I have fond memories of him as a young colt, sparing with his 1/2 brother Killian.  He has no known offspring on the range.

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Lobo, 2015
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Lobo, 2015
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Lobo, July 2016
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Tiny with Waif and Kemmerer

6.  Tiny.  Tiny was the 2019 foal of Waif and Kemmerer.  He was first seen by Dennis McCollough in April 2019.  He was never seen again.  Thank you Dennis for the use of your photos.

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Waif and Tiny
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Warbonnet, July 2013

7.  Warbonnet.  Warbonnet was the 1993 daughter of Tonapah and Geranimo.  This beautiful mare was very close to Phoenix, you could often see the two of them grooming, napping or grazing together.  Her heritage lives on with her daughter Heritage and her son Tecumseh.

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Warbonnet and Phoenix, July 2015
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Warbonnet with her daughter Kayenta, March 2012
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Warbonnet, July 2016

Rest in Peace, Wild Horse Souls.  Your spirit lives on, and you will always be remembered.

Sandy

 

 

2019 Pryor Foal # 15

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Pryor foal # 15 was born to Maia and Hamlet.  Maia is the 2012 daughter of Hera and Prince.  Hamlet is the 2007 son of Delilah and Pierre. No name or gender has been announced.

Thank you Phyllis for the use of your beautiful photos!

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Hamlet and Maia surround their new foal

2019 Pryor Foal # 14

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2019 Pryor Foal # 14 was born to Greta and Garcia.  Greta is the 2006 daughter of Belle Star and Chino.  Garcia is the 2006 son of Topper and Tony.  The foal is a colt.  No name has been announced yet.

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Welcome to the mountain little one!  Thank you Dennis for the use your photos!

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2019 Pryor Foal # 13

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2019 Pryor Foal # 13 was born to Jewel and Fools Crow.

Jewel is the 2009 daughter of Waif and Corona.  Fools Crow is the 2005 son of Strawberry and Cortez.  The foal is a colt.  No name has been chosen yet.  Thank you Brittny Budde for the use of your beautiful photos!

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It’s a boy!

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2019 Pryor Foal # 12

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The much anticipated Pryor Foal # 12 was born to Nimbus and Knight.

Nimbus is the 2013 daughter of Feldspar and Cloud.  Knight is the 2010 son of Guinevere and Cappuccino.

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Nimbus, August 2013 Photo by Sandy/ Wild In The Pryors
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Knight, July 2011. Photo by Sandy/ Wild in the Pryors

The foal was first discovered by Phylis Wray (thank you for the use of your photos).

The foal is a colt and has been named Tor (pronounced Thor).

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2019 Pryor Foal # 11

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Labrava with her new colt Trooper

2019 Pryor Foal # 11 was born to LaBrava and Irial.  LaBrava is the 2011 daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado.  Irial is the 2008 son of Ireland and Prince.  The foal is a colt and has been named Trooper.

I am not sure how to start this post.  There are so many emotions coming up with the birth of this foal.   LaBrava has had some bad luck with the birth of two of her foals.  In 2013 right outside my tent, she gave birth to Nacer (click here to read that post)    Then in 2015 she gave birth to Pixie ( AKA Pilar) in December.  She was able to keep that little one alive and she has grown into a beautiful young filly.  Last year (2018) she gave birth on the last day of my tours.  Myself and my guests were the first one to witness him.  He was gorgeous, perfect.  LaBrava was a very attentive mother.  We left the mountain that morning, happy with the healthy birth and happy for LaBrava.  But within a few days, he was gone.  Unfortunately I am fairly sure that it was caused by human interference.  I had a number of people contact me about the apparent mix up of Silver Bow (who was very tiny at the time) and Santiago (LaBrava’s colt). You can read about his birth by clicking here Unfortunately, the outcome was not good.

I pray that LaBrava is able to raise this little one in peace.  I know that she is an excellent mother and a very strong mare, with a family band that would do anything to help protect their foals.  Please stay your distance.

Below is a photo of the new sign on the range.

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Sandy

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Labrava with her new colt Trooper

2019 Pryor Foal # 10, Oceana’s Story

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Oceana and her new colt Titan.

2019 Pryor Foal # 10 was born to Oceana and Grijala.  Oceana is the 2013 (born in October that year) daughter of  Tecumseh and Galadrial.  Grijala is the 2006 son of Cavelita and Conquistador.  The foal is a colt and has been named Titan.

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The powerful Grijala with bachelors: Knight, Gringo and Inali, June 2015

I remember the first time that I saw Oceana.  I was instantly in love with this special girl.  She was born late in the year ( late September) to a special couple, Tecumseh and Galadrial.  Their story is one that I have told many times on the mountain, and should write a blog post about it. Oceana was a great surprise to all of us that have followed this group, and after looking back at old photos and recalling their story, I guess it would be fair to say that Oceana is my favorite mare on the mountain.

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Oceana with her family, May 2015
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Oceana and Tecumseh, May 2015

I first saw Oceana in May of 2015.  She was a small, sturdy, fuzzy little girl, who idealized her father and and captured my heart.  Surrounded by not only Galadrial and Tecumseh, but also by Gringo and Beulah.  This unusual band of 4 would take great care of her.  Despite being born late and a little small, Oceana became very independent.

It was clear the spring of 2016, that Oceana had a big attraction to the powerful stallion Grijala.   She joined his band at a young age, and he was always seen as being kind and gentle to her.

In late June of 2017, Abbie, along with myself and a group of students, discovered a new born foal with Docs band.  This foal did not belong to this band.  Abbie and suspected that Oceana was pregnant, and that this may be her foal.  Somehow, this young foal got separated from its band.  Here is a photo of the foal that Abbie and I named Hope Ryden. ( Not to be confused with the foal that Jasmine had a few months later, also called Ryden) You be the judge.  We’ll never know for sure, but seeing her new foal made both feel we had been right.  You can read that post here:  Hope

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June 28, 2017 Oceana’s foal?
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Oceana and her new colt, Titan

Regardless of the past, I do know that we now have a beautiful little colt with fantastic parents.  I could not be happier for this amazing filly that has grown into a beautiful mare.

Sandy

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Oceana, May 2015

 

 

2019 Pryor Foals # 8 and # 9

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Quahneah and her new foal Taiga

Pryor Foal # 8, was born to Quahneah and London.  Quahneah is the 2016 daughter of Washakie and Baja.  London is the 2011 son of Gold Rush and Doc.  The foal is a filly and has been name Taiga.

Quahneah has always held a special place in my heart.  Abbie and I were blessed to have seen her a few hours after her birth.  The following year, Quahneah put on a special show just for us, making us laugh at a time really needed it.  She is a special horse.

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Quahneah shortly after she was born with mom Washakie, sister Bacardi and father Baja. July 2017

Pryor Foal # 9, was born to Jacinta and Garay.  Jacinta is the 2009 daughter of Rosebud and Tecumseh.  Garay is the is the 2006 son of Mariposa and Conquistador. The foal is a colt and has been name Tapadero.  Tapadero joints his other two full siblings on the range, Rue and Patriot.

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Jacinta and her new foal.