2019 Name Game, The “T” Year

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A young Mandan. Born in 2012, this photo was taken in early 2013.

This will be the 7th year that I have made this post. This is a “fun” only post where any of you can suggest names for the 2019 foals born in the Pryors.  Of course, like on all the previous years, I can not guarantee that they will be used, but it will be fun to list them, and I do know that whenever a foal is born, I come to this post to look at all of the suggestions.  And if you can, please include the meaning for the name, it would be very helpful to know that.

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Petra, daughter of Galena and Doc. June 2015

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the T year.  So please feel free to list your ideas in the comment section of this post.  To read more about this system and why we use names, please refer to my Name Game post that I did last in 2013.  Click on Name Game to go there.

I am looking forward to reading all of your suggestions.  If someone else has already posted your name idea, please list it again anyway.  It will be fun to see what the most popular name suggestions are!

I’ll be posting my annual “Who Will Have Foals This Year” post soon.  But in the mean time, let’s have some fun coming up with names!

Sandy

A Tribute To The Horses That Have passed in 2018

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The year of 2018 is very quickly coming to a close, and like the past several years, I am doing this post to honor the horses that have died in 2018.  The list is shorter then it was last year, but no less painful.  Even though several of those that passed in 2018 were very young, their memory will not be forgotten.

We didn’t get the chance to watch them grow and develop a strong presence on the mountain, but the lucky few that saw them and recorded their existence can remind us all of who they were.  Thank you to those that allowed me to use their photos.

Below are the horses that have died (or are missing) in 2018.

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Blue Moon, 2012

1.  Blue Moon (Flint).   2001 son of Shaman and Sitka.   While Blue Moon has not been gone the official length of time to be declared deceased, all of that witnessed his deteriorated condition this past summer, can recognize that he most likely is gone.  He not only lost his band last winter/spring, but he somehow got injured.  He seemed to have a back/spinal injury that appeared to be very painful.  Not only the physical injury, but it was also very clear that his spirit to live had greatly compromised.  He was one of those stallions that just couldn’t settle into bachelorhood again.  His heart was broken at the loss of his band.

I have many, many fond memories of Blue Moon.  He and his band were frequent early morning/late evening visitors to my campsite.  They seemed to recognize my truck, Abbie and myself.   Blue Moon was the type of horse that if he could, he would have pulled up a chair and asked for a cup of coffee, and talked to us for hours about life.  And his life was full of stories, he struggled as a young bachelor to devote full attention to his band.  That lead for some painful memories for him, but in the more recent years, he became a devoted caring band stallion that gave his every minute to the care of his band.

He will be deeply missed.

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Blue Moon and his brother Custer, 2015
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Morning Star 2012

2.  Morning Star.  1996 son of  Washakie and Plenty Coups. Morning Star lost his band one final time in the fall of 2017. (After losing them and winning them back in the spring of 2017).   I don’t believe he was seen after that.  He was looking quite thin in the summer of 2017, so without his band and his strength, he was not able to make it.  Morning Star was a strong band stallion, who kept his band together.  His death lead to the separation of his band, and as current as last week, it has been reported that they are still in  constant turmoil.   Morning Star was a strong presence on the mountain and will be greatly missed.

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Morning Star, summer of 2017
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Kemmerer (2010 Sacajawea X Blizzard), and Sacajewea, spring 2012.

3.  Sacajawea.  1996 daughter of Three Bars and Calamity.  Sacajeawea has not been seen since June 2018.  She has always been a strong independent mare, often setting out on her own and changing bands.  She was by far one of the oldest and strongest bloodlines that the Pryors had.   Her beautiful primative markings and gorgous Grulla color always took my breath away.

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Photo by Laura Curtis
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Kemmerer, Sacajewa and Seattle. Spring 2012.

4.  Sparrow.  2018 son of Pele (Penny) and Irial.  Born the week of May 14, missing May 20, 2018.  No photo available.

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Stargazer and Quartz. Photo by Dennis McCollough

5.  Stargazer.  2018 son of Quartz, father unknown.  Born week of June 3.  Died June 6.

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Stargazer. Photo by Dennis McCollough
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Shamrock. Photo by Dennis McCollugh

6.  Shamrock.  2018 son of Pegasus, father unknown.  Born the week of May 20.  Discovered missing by Abbie and Sandy, June 21, 2018.

Abbie and I were both so excited to look for Shamrock and so shocked and disappointed when we discovered her missing.  Shamrock was a beautiful foal and seemed strong.   But Pegasus (whom I discovered and named!) was with an unexperienced new band stallion (Missoula, whom I discovered and named!).

I am uncertain about what happened to the Sparrow and Stargazer, but I am quite certain that Shamrock was taken by a mountain lion.  A few days after we discovered her missing, Abbie and I came across a large blood patch and drag marks with blood.  While we can’t be certain, we concluded that it was most likely that of Shamrock.

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Shamrock and Pegasus.
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Labrava and Santiago, July 15, 2018

7.  Santiago.  Son of Labrava and Irial.  A beautiful strong colt, Santiago should have survived. Abbie, I and my last guests of the season discovered this little beauty early on the morning of our last day.

We can only speculate what happened to this beautiful foal, born to a large strong and stable band.  There was and is a lot of young bachelors pushing for a band of their own.  Abbie and I witnessed several very dangerous pursuits involving several bands at a time.  There were also several people on the mountain at the time.  Did Santiago get separated and injured from a bachelor confrontation?  Did he get separated from people approaching too close ( like a foal from 2017?)  There were conflicting reports of what happened. Only the mountain knows for sure, either way, this colts life ended way too soon.   His death haunts me.

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Rest in Peace wild ones.  Your spirit still runs free on the mountain.

Sandy

 

2018 Pryor Foal # 10 Deceased.

IMG_8895In all the years I have been going to the Pryors, I have grown to believe that the mountain gives you gifts according to what your energy or attitude is while you are walking on the horses’ ground.  You just need to be aware of what and when they happen and be thankful for the gift.  This morning was one of those times, and I will hold it in my heart.

On July 9, 2013, my guest Jeanne (who has become a very dear friend) and her two young grandchildren, along with my daughter Amber, witnessed a birth of a foal to a young two-year old filly named Labrava.  I won’t go into the details here, but if you would like to read that post you can click on NACER.

Today, just a few days long of the July 2013 birth,  Labrava gave birth again.  And myself and Abbie were the first to witness this miracle.

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We had 3 wonderful photographer guests that wanted to get first light in the morning.  I actually love the early morning, and was eager take them out and find horses.  After a few minutes of shooting Tecumseh/ Gringo band and Doc’s band, we decided to move down the road a bit.  I parked the car and just took in the beautiful landscape while I sipped my first cup of coffee for the day.  After spending several weeks on the mountain, I have often just enjoyed leaving my camera down and taking in the horses and landscape with my eyes.  As I did this, I noticed Irial’s band to my left.  I counted the horses, including Irial.  Irial has the biggest band on the mountain at 11.  He was one short.  Abbie and I had been watching Labrava closely, and we thought she was very near to foaling.  We saw them the night before and she was walking as if she was uncomfortable.  In a perfect world, we hoped that she would foal that night, but we weren’t sure, because sometimes they can actually go on for days looking that way.

I looked through my binoculars past the other members of Irial’s band.  Just below the hill, I could see LaBrava.  I immediately thought she looked thinner.  Could she have had her foal??  I turned to Abbie and said.  Let’s go take a look.  We took a very wide berth around her (more than 200 feet or more), we walked slowly over.  There on the ground was a tiny dark foal!  LaBrava was comfortable sharing her new life as we watched.  As soon as he stood, it was obvious he was a colt that was going to look just like his father!

Thank you LaBrava for showing us this gift!

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The 10th Pryor Foal 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.  I’ll let you know when a name has been chosen!

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LaBrava with her new colt and her daughter Pilar (Pixie)

2018 Pryor Foal # 9

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Sunset on the Mountain, June 2018

Pryor Foal # 9 was born in the Dryhead while I was on the mountain top.  LaNina has given birth to a colt.  His name is Stillwater.  I do not have any photos to post, but when I do I will post.

LaNina is the 2013 daughter of Bakken.  The sire of this foal could be two horses.  Hidalgo or Hidatsa.

Out of the 9 foals born, there are currently 6 surviving.

 

 

2018 Pryor Foal # 7

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Quillan and her new filly. Photo taken by Dennis McCollough

The 7th 2018 foal has been discovered!  This foal was born to two year old, Quillan.  Quillan is the 2016 daughter of Ireland and Galaxy.  The father of this foal is unknown.  She has been named Silver Bow.

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Quillan, July 3, 2016
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Quillan and her filly. Photo by Dennis M.
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3 Generations! Ireland, Quillan and her filly. Photo by Dennis M.
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Quillan and her filly. Photo by Dennis M.

Thank you Dennis McCollough for the use of your photos!   Abbie and I will be on the mountain very soon!  I can’t wait to see this little one in person!

Sandy

2018 Pryor Foal # 4

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Paris (Penn) and her new colt. Photo by Nancy Cerroni

Each horse on the range has their own story, but the birth of this foal is a bit more special than most.  Not only does this foal represent rare blood lines, but also shows the success of a mountain horse relocating to the Dryhead, providing a genetically viable new bloodline among the Dryhead horses.

In 2009, almost the entire population of Pryor Horses living in the Forest Service part of the range were removed.  A few were able to escape this removal.  One of the horses was a young bachelor named Hamlet.  Hamlet was born in 2007 to Delilah and Pierre.  In 2014, Hamlet acquired his first mare.  A mare named Audobon.  Audobon, born in 2000 to Feather and Challenger was not only the only offspring of this pair, but the only offspring each would have.

In 2015, Audobon and Hamlet produce a beautiful filly named Penn (Abbie and I call her Paris).  This birth alone was a reason to celebrate.  The following year Audobon and Hamlet would have another foal, Quicksilver.  Quicksilver he would not live long and that following winter, Audobon disappeared as well.

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Hamlet and Audobon, 2015 before the birth of Paris (Penn)
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Hamlet with the young filly Paris (Penn), on the left.  July 2016.

During the disruption of Hamlet’s band, the young Paris ended up in the Dryhead, (the desert part of the lower mountain) with the stallion Jesse James, who claimed her for his own.

Jesse James also has a very special story.  He is the son of Seneca (part of the Greeters) and the late Admire (who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011, along with his son Kapitan).  Jesse James is the only remaining offspring of Admire and Seneca on the range.

Admire and his band were the first wild horses I ever saw when I drove up the Dryhead for the first time. Here is a link to my blog piece about the judgement against the person who killed them:  ADMIRE  Within that post is a video I made, where you will be able to see Admire with his band, including a young Jesse James.

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Admiral and his band, July 2010. (Jesse James, Kapitan, Seneca and Admiral)

Along with Paris, Jesse James has Cecelia, a very wise mare who was with the stallion Sitting Bull for many years. (he died in the winter of 2015-16).  Unlike Jesse James’s very visible years with the Greeters, he and his small band have been seen very little and mostly from a distance.  When Cecilia and Sitting Bull were together, they were rarely seen, often referred to as the “wildest of the horses on the range”.  I am sure this is the reason why Paris became pregnant at the age of 2, this band could not be found or approached close enough for the administration of the PZP vaccine.

Last summer Abbie and I were able to spot this elusive band from a distance.

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Cecelia, Paris( Penn) and Jesse James, June 2017. Can you spot them? Find the fence on the right and follow the ridge to the left.
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Sitting Bull, Cecelia and Mateo, February, 2013.

This 4th born foal of 2018 appears to be a colt.   He is the son of Paris (Penn) and Jesse James.  Paris is the 2015 daughter of Audobon and Hamlet.  Jesse James is the 2009 son of Seneca and Admiral.  He was discovered by Nancy Cerronni.   He has been named Sentinel.

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The Greeters, April 2012 with Jesse James lying in front.
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Paris (Penn) and her new colt, Sentinel.  Photo by Nancy Cerroni

Hopefully this summer Abbie and I will be blessed with a chance to see this family and continue to watch him grow wild and free on the range!

Thank you Nancy for the use of your photos!

Sandy

 

2018 Pryor Foal # 2

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Nova, September 7, 2013

The second known foal was born this week in the Dryhead part of the range.  Born to the “Greeters” of the BigHorn Canyon.

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Nova and her new foal. Photo taken by Jerry Anderson (BHCRA Ranger)
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Nova and her new foal. Photo taken by BHCRA Ranger, Jerry Anderson

As I started to write this post, it reminded me of how long I had been following this group.  Although in recent years, the elusive Kitalpha joined them bringing with her Nova, her daughter from Bristol ( this move was very surprising to me.  She was a horse that would not often be seen, but yet she decided to join the most visible band in the Dryhead)  I decided to look back at one of my posts from the spring of 2012.  Here is the link to that post if you would like to learn more about this band.  THE GREETERS  

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The Greeters, April 2012
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Hickok and Nova, June 2017
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Prima, Nova and Kitalpha, June 2015
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Kitalpha, Prima and Nova, June 2015

The second foal of 2018 was born to the mare Nova and Hickok.  Nova is the 2013 daughter of Kitalpha and Bristol.  Hickok is the 2007 son of Belle Starr and Starbuck.

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Nova and her new foal. Photo taken by BHCRA Ranger, Todd Johnson.
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Nova’s new foal.  Photo taken by BHCRA Ranger, Todd Johnson

It has been reported that the foal is a colt and has been named Sundance.  You can read more about this foal by clicking on this link.  BHCRA Facebook

Thank you Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area for the use of you photos!

Sandy

2018, Name Game, The “S” Year

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Penny (Pele), daughter of Fools Gold and Coronando. June 2015

This will be the 6th year that I have made this post. This is a “fun” only post where any of you can suggest names for the 2018 foals born in the Pryors.  Of course, like on all the previous years, I can not guarantee that they will be used, but it will be fun to list them, and I do know that whenever a foal is born, I come to this post to look at all of the suggestions.  And if you can, please include the meaning for the name, it would be very helpful to know that.

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the S year.  So please feel free to list your ideas in the comment section of this post.  To read more about this system and why we use names, please refer to my Name Game post that I did last in 2013.  Click on Name Game to go there. Or you can go to the Center’s latest post and read more about it as well.  Click on Center to go there.

I am looking forward to reading all of your suggestions.  If someone else has already posted your name idea, please list it again anyway.  It will be fun to see what the most popular name suggestions are!

If you haven’t already read my post about “who will foal in 2018”, click on FOALS 2018.  That way you can get an idea on who may foal.  Thank you!

Sandy

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Petra, daughter of Galena and Doc. June 2015

Who Will Have Foals in 2018?

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Moenkopi with Cappucinno and a young Patterson, July 2015

Mares within the Pryor Wild Horse Herd, are given PZP (birth control) every year. Each year there is a group of mares that are in the “window” of possibly being able to foal, meaning that they have not been given PZP.  And every year, there will be some surprises from some, despite being vaccinated, and even though the below horses have not been vaccinated, it is not a guarantee that they will foal. Some have never conceived.

Because some of the horses were vaccinated later than normal last spring/summer, it is possible that they may have already been pregnant, (before given their vaccination), but will not be “officially” listed here.

I will start the list with the possible horses in the Dryhead.  There are only two mares that fall into that window this year, and one has already had her foal!

  1.  Jewel, 2009 daughter of Waif and Corona, currently in Fools Crow band.jewel

2.  Morgana, 2012 daughter of Icara and Merlin.  She was discovered by Bill Picket, NPS with a new foal last week.  The foal is supposedly a colt and it has been named Sorcerer.

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Morgana and her new foal. Photo by Bill Picket, NPS.

Mountain Top Horses

  1. Jasmine, 2009 daughter of Aztec and Cloud.  Jamine gave birth to a healthy colt named Ryden in October of 2017.  If she conceived right away, she may have a foal in September of 2018.  Jasmine is currently in Doc’s band.
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Jasmine and Ryden, October 2017. Photo by Pryor Wild

2.  Juniper, 2009 daughter of Sapo and Bolder.  Another late foal (Ruby) was born to Junipter the first part of November, 2017.  Again if she did conceive right away, she won’t have her foal until October, 2018.  I’m hoping she skips this year and gets back on track with a foal earlier in the season in 2019.  Juniper is currently in Horizon’s band.

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Juniper and Ruby, November 2017. Photo by Jack Sterling
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Juniper, summer of 2016

3.  Kohl, 2010 daughter of Quelle Colour and Lakota.  Kohl is currently in Garay’s band.

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Kohl, 2016
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4. Ketchikan, 2010 daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots, currently in Jasper’s band.

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Ketchikan, July 2017

5.  Limerick, 2011 daughter of Ireland and Prince.  She is currently in Galaxy’s band.

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Limerick, summer of 2016

5.  Labrava, 2011 daughter of Blue Souix and Coronado.  She is currently in Irial’s band.

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Labrava with her look alike daughter Pilar, June 2016.

6.  Lariat, 2011 daughter of Madonna and Duke.  Lariat is currently in Jasper’s band.

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Lariat with most of her band. From left to right: Oklahoma ( Lariat’s 2014 colt), Jasper, Okiotak and Lariat

7.  Maia, 2012 daughter of Hera and Prince.  Maia is currently with Hamlet.

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Hamlet, Maia and Sapo, July 2017

8.  Manuelita, 2012 daughter of Dove and Coronado.  Manuelita is currently in Irials band.

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Manuelita (middle) with Dove on the left.

9.  Moenkopi, 2012 daughter of Galena and Jackson.  She is currently in Cappuccino’s band.  I hope this is the year that she gives birth to a foal that lives.

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Moenkopi nuzzling a young Patterson. June 2015.

I am looking forward to seeing some new foals this summer.  I am sure there will be some surprises!

Sandy

 

 

 

2017 Pryor Foal # 9

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Ruby, daughter of Juniper and Horizon.  Photo by Jack Sterling.

I am a little late with this good news post.  Foal # 9 for 2017 was born around November 8th, 2017.   It is a filly who has been named Ruby.  Ruby is the daughter of Juniper and Horizon.

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Juniper is the 2009 daughter of Sapo and Bolder.  Horizon is the 2007 son of Felina and Morning Star.

This was another birth that we were all looking forward to.  This is also the band that the beloved Fiesta was in.  I can’t help but think that he is looking down on this little one and watching out for her from above.  I witnessed Fiesta with Joviana’s foal in 2012 (they were both removed in 2012), he was so in love with that little foal, it was really touching to watch him play with him.

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Horizon and Fiesta

Welcome to the world little Ruby, may you live a long and peaceful life on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.

Thank you Jack Sterling for the use of your photos of Ruby!

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Juniper and Ruby, November 30, 2017.  Photo by Jack Sterling.