Two New Foals, August 20, 2012

Two more foals were born in the Pryors this past week!  With all of the other news, I thought it would be nice to post a “good news” post!

The first foal is Cecelia and Sitting Bulls new colt.  You can see photos of him by clicking on PMWMC.  Matt took some great photos of them.  The new colt is just beautiful!  Thanks Matt.

I hope I can find this couple and their new foal when I visit in a little while.  You can read more about Cecelia and Sitting Bull by clicking CECELIA.  I got to see them for the first time a few weeks ago.  I felt really lucky. They are a beautiful pair.

The second foal that was born is Dove and Coronado’s colt.  Shawn Ivie found this beautiful colt this past weekend.  Thanks Shawn for letting me use your photos!

I know Dove had a foal a few years ago and it did not survive.  Since then she has not conceived, so this is a really special gift.  The colt looks healthy too!

Dove and her new colt, August 18, 2012
Dove’s new colt, August 18, 2012
Coronado, Dove and their colt, August 18, 2012

So, some good news to start our week off with!  Let’s hope the good news continues!

Sandy

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Mountain Top Update, Day 1, June 17, 2012

Discovering that Lakota was injured (LAKOTA), was really hard.  At times I felt myself thinking of only him.  But I did see many other things and so I would like to share them with you.

I met my friend Linda just outside Bridger, Montana at the bottom of Pryor Mountain road.  Linda had never driven up to the top of the mountain and I was happy to show her the way.  We planned on camping on the top for 3 nights.  We chose to go up this way for a few reasons.  The biggest one was I felt it was the easiest way to go.

We encountered at least 50 ATV’s on the way up.  That was pretty depressing.   I always worry about people harassing the horses, and I hoped that none of these had.  I did see one of them off the road as I drove unto the range.  There are signs that clearly state that you are to remain on the road.  Perhaps this guy could not read.

As we went over the cattle guard unto the range, I looked up along the fence and saw several horses up on the hill.

Several bands, June 17, 2012

We decided to keep going to our campsite.  If there were no horses in that area we planned to come back here and hike back to these.  But we would not be doing that.   There were plenty of horses for us to watch there.  It started to rain.  Seems it always rains when I am here.  But I was glad for the range to be getting this moisture.

The first band to greet us was Custer and his band.  I like Custer.  He seems like a really caring stallion, always watching out for everyone in his band and taking good care of them.  I was also very impressed with how Kaibab had grown.  This must be his year.  I have been worried about him for the last year.  He just seemed to be so small, but that seems to be a thing of the past now.  I am really happy about that.  Little Leo seems to be in the pesky yearling stage and even bugged Custer a time or two.  Custer was very patient!  The photos are a little dark.  It was still raining!

First look at Custer and his band, June 17, 2012
Fiasco, Leo and Custer, June 17, 2012
Fiasco, Leo, Winnemucca, Custer and Kaibab
Look at how much Kaibab has grown! June 17, 2012

The next band we saw was Galaxy.  Galaxy has just become a band stallion in the last 6 weeks.  His new band was from the stallion, Prince.  I would see Prince the next day.

I am very impressed with Galaxy.  He seems to have slid into the role of band stallion very easily.  He is a caring, and protective stallion.  He is Lakota’s son after all, and he seems to have inherited all of Lakota’s greatest features.  Everyone seemed to be content with him.

We would see them again the next day.  It is still raining, but the next day I got better photos of Galaxy and his band that I will be sharing when I write that post.

Galaxy, keeping his band in line. June 17, 2012
Galaxy and his band, June 17, 2012
Hera’s filly, Maia, June 17, 2012
Hera, Maia, Ireland, Limerick and Galaxy, June 17, 2012

Off in the distance I could see Blue Moon and his band and also Gringo who now has Tecumseh’s band.  Tecumseh was near them.  We would see Gringo and Tecumseh a lot in the next few days.

Blue Moon and Tecumseh/Gringo band, June 17, 2012

We continued down the road to Mystic Pond.  Custer and his band had made it there at about the same time.

Winnemucca, Kaibab and Fiasco at Mystic Pond.
Custer and Leo heading down to Mystic, June 17, 2012
Custer and his band, June 17, 2012
Leo pestering Custer.

The rain had not stopped and the wind was starting to blow, so we decided we should go set up camp before it got worse.  By the time we got there, another band was waiting to greet us, Baja.

First look at Baja and his band, June 17, 2012

I have not spent a lot of time with Baja.  But what I have seen of him, I like.  He runs a very strict band, and is very protective.  He does not tolerate disrespect among his family.  When I last saw them in May, Juneau and her foal were not with him.  He had them back now.  Jicarilla was pushing Juneau and her foal around and Baja quickly put a stop to that.

Bacardi, Washakie, Juneau and her colt, June 17, 2012
Baja keeping his band in line.
Bacardi, Jicarilla and Washakie
Juneau and her colt, June 17, 2012
Juneau and Baja’s colt.

I could see Baja look to his right.  He then urged his band to move on.

Juneau and Mendenhall, June 17, 2012
Jicarllia, June 17, 2012
Baja and Luckachukai

Down and to the right of Baja, I could see a head coming up the hill.  It was Fiesta.  That was why Baja was making his band move.  Fiesta wanted to cause some trouble.

Baja goes over to see Fiesta
Baja and Fiesta greet.
Baja and Fiesta, June 17, 2012
Baja and Fiesta
Baja and Fiesta

It was over with fast.  Fiesta retreated and Baja trotted off to catch up with his band and keep them in line.

Baja

We looked over the small hill and saw Fiesta, Horizon and Juniper.  With them was Joviana and her colt.  Juniper seemed to really like Joviana and her foal.  She even played with the foal off and on.  Joviana looked really thin.  I was worried about her.  I was also worried how Juniper interacted with the foal.  But then the foal would seem fine.  It was almost as if the foal was Juniper’s and Horizon.  The foal would go with them, leaving Joviana behind.  Joviana never made a move to interfere or try to get her foal back by her side.  It was almost as if she did not have the strength.  I wondered if she even cared.  The foal seemed too young to be acting this independent.  The whole time we watched, I never saw the foal nurse, which also seemed odd to me.  But yet he had the energy to run around.  I hope the colt and Joviana will be okay.

Fiesta
Juniper
Horizon
Joviana and foal with Juniper and Fiesta, June 17, 2012
Joviana foal and Juniper
Horizon’s new band, June 17, 2012
Juniper chases the Joviana’s foal.
Horizon, Juniper and Joviana’s foal, June 17, 2012
Joviana foal with Horizon and Juniper following.

Then the colt took off running with everyone following!

Joviana’s colt, June 17, 2012
Foal leads the way!

Horizon and Fiesta had a brief discussion and then they all were gone over the hill.

Fiesta and Horizon, June 17, 2012

I wondered how long this band would last like this.  We would see them again several times over the next few days, but at a distance.

We then decided to head towards Kreuger Pond and see if the horses had moved down from where we had seen them when we first entered the range several hours earlier.

The first band we saw was Doc.  Doc is another stallion that I admire.  He seems to take good care of his band and is a good father, even to foals that are not his own.  Today was no different.  I could see that he had formed a close bond with his stepson.  I have wondered how Doc came to lose his band from last year.  It consisted of Gold Rush, Ketchikan and his son, London.  I wondered if he still had them if Gold Rush would be with him now.  Gold Rush has been missing, and I am beginning to lose hope that she is still alive.

Broken Bow, Demure, he son, and Jenny were his band now.  He seemed very attentive and they seemed content to be with him.

Jenny, Broken Bow, Demure, Doc and Demure’s colt, June 17, 2012
Doc and his band.
Broken Bow and Doc, June 17, 2012

We looked past them and saw every horse that we had seen on the high hill above, down low by the fence.  This was really hard to see.  I don’t like this fence, it was installed the fall of 2010.  The horses were used to going into the Custer Forest, especially this time of year, and the way they were lined up at the fence, made it clear to me that is where they wanted to be.  I hope that someday something can be worked out to move this fence down further.

June 17, 2012
June 17, 2012
June 17, 2012
June 17, 2012
Chino, Topper and Topper 2, June 17, 2012

We wanted to stay longer here, but there was yet another storm coming.  It was raining pretty hard now and it was starting to get dark.  We headed back to the campsite.

After the storm passed we had a beautiful sunset.  A couple of bands of horses walked by us. It had been a great first day.

Sunset, June 17, 2012
June 17, 2012

 

Pryor foals: 16, 17 and 18, June 12, 2012.

Thanks to my friend Shawn Ivie for providing these photos for us!

Number 16 foal is born to Juneau.  Juneau is the 2009 daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots.  The father of the foal is most likely Baja.  Baja is the 1996 son of Tonopah and Looking Glass.

Juneau’s colt, photo by Shawn Ivie.

Foal number 17 is Madonna’s foal.  Madonna is the 1989 daughter of  Twiggy and Black Beauty.  Yes, you read that right, Madonna is 23 this year.  The father is Duke, the 1996 son Flicka and Bigfoot.

Madonna and her foal, June 2012. Photo by Shawn Ivie.

Foal number 18 is Joviana’s foal.  Joviana is the 2009 daughter of  Felina and Morning Star.  I am not sure who the father is.  She was in Morning Stars band when she had the foal.

Joviana and her foal, June 2012. Photo by Shawn Ivie.
Joviana’s foal, June 2012. Photo by Shawn Ivie.

I leave for the Pryors again in just a few days.  I look forward to seeing how much the foals have grown.

I will be sure to keep you updated!

Sandy

Thank you Shawn Ivie for your photos!!!  You can see more of Shawn’s photos at these sites: Shawn’s Facebook  and also at his Website.

Mountain Update, The Dryhead, May 18, 2012

We arrived in Lovell early in the afternoon.  It was pouring rain and windy.  So we decided to head up the paved road of the Dryhead.

The first horses that we saw were the “Greeters”, Hickok, Jesse James, Seneca and Hightail.

Despite the rain I got out.  Covered my camera with my raincoat and took what photos I could.  They were very active.  More active than what I had seen them ever be.  I wonder how much longer Hickok is going to allow Jesse James to remain with this band.

Hickok and Jesse James, May 18, 2012
Hickok and Jesse James
Hickok and Jesses James
Jesse James and Hickok, May 18, 2012
Hightail
Seneca
Jesse James and Seneca
Jesse James

Hickok
Hickok Band, May 18, 2012
Hickok Band

We kept driving.  At Mustang Flats we saw Hawk and Issaquah far in the distance.  With the rain we decided not to hike to them.  I was glad we decided to keep moving because the next horse I saw was Merlin!  I had not seen Merlin for a long time.  The fall of 2010, was the last time.  Merlin is my filly Valerosa’s father.  I knew that his mare Fresia had her colt, and I was happy to see them!

Merlin, May 18, 2012
Fresia and Montana, May 18, 2012
Kaelia, May 18, 2012
Fresia and Montana
Halo and Montana
Fresia, May 18, 2012
Montana
Merlin Band, May 18, 2012
Montana and Halo
Montana
Montana

Merlin decides to make his mare move.

Merlin

We spent a long time with this band.  Montana was really fun to watch.  It started to rain harder, so we headed down the road to see who else we could see.

On our way out we saw Medicine Bow and Joseph.  It was raining pretty hard, but I snapped a couple photos.

Medicine Bow, May 18, 2012
Joseph, May 18, 2012
Medicine Bow

It had been a good first day!

Sandy