Adoption Update, 11 years later, Seneca’s Son.

Seneca's Son, 2003
Seneca’s Son, 2003

I had someone contact me about the Pryor Horse she adopted in 2003.  She had the horses number, so I was able to look it up and realized it was most likely Seneca’s first foal, born in 2002, # 2206.

Seneca was born in 1999 to the mare Guinevere and band stallion Starbuck.  She remained with that band until (according to the information I have) 2001, where she then went to be with the band stallion Sam. Giving birth to this colt in the spring of 2002.  So Sam is most likely the father of this boy.

Seneca, September 3, 2012
Seneca, September 3, 2012
Sam, August 2005. Photo by Ross K.
Sam, August 2005. Photo by Ross K.

In 2003 the Pryors were offered for adoption via an internet adoption.

Paper from Ross K.  Thanks Ross!
Paper from Ross K. Thanks Ross!

I am a little unclear on the exact details, but I believe that Seneca’s colt was adopted via the internet auction, but the adopter was not able to accept him.  From there, he was then sent to a BLM facility in Lorton, VA. where Sandra adopted him.

Rebel, as he is now called, lives in Mississippi with one other Mustang (from Oregon) and four miniature horses.  He is very curious, willing and fast!

Below are a few photos that Sandra sent to me.  Some of these photos are when Sandra and her family adopted him.

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Rebel, 2012
Rebel, 2012

 

Thank you Sandra for contacting me and sharing.  It is always great to see and hear how the Pryors are doing after they were adopted.

Also thank you Ross for the extra information and photos!

Sandy

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Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa, Three Adopted Pryor Horses. An Update.

It has been a while since I have updated you on my three Pryor Mountain horses that I adopted.  This September will mark 4 years since I adopted  Valerosa (Isolde).   She has been a joy and pretty easy to train.

Valerosa
Valerosa

I have had Kootenai and Kiowa for 8 months now.  Kootenai was easy from day one.  So willing to trust, and most likely one of the sweetest horses I have ever owned.

Sandy with Lakota's son, Kootenai on day 10 after getting to his new home.  September 20, 2012
Sandy with Lakota’s son, Kootenai on day 10 after getting to his new home. September 20, 2012

Kiowa on the other hand has been very slow to trust.  I am not sure what the reason is.  I have never had a horse like her before.  But we are taking our time and letting her decide how fast she wants to go.  The halter remains on her, so that she is a bit easier to catch when down in the bigger pastures.  She is definitely still a wild one deep in her heart, and I am sure if she had the chance to return to the Pryors, she would not skip a beat joining the other horses and never looking back.  It makes me sad.  Sure, she wickers at me when I come to feed them (along with the others),and follows me around when I am out with them, but she is holding back and not giving in as easily as Valerosa and Kootenai.

Kiowa, July 2012.  Free in the Pryors.
Kiowa, July 2012. Free in the Pryors.

Kootenai had some health issues from the start.  He stepped off the trailer with chronic diarrhea and very “liquid gas” as we called it.   After about a month, of trying everything our vet recommended (deworming, sand clear, probiotic)  we called the vet to come and have a look at him.    He decided that he might have an intestinal infection, so it was 10 days on antibiotics.  The day he finished his last antibiotic, he colic.  We thought we were going to lose him that morning.  Luckily by then he was gentled enough to be given a bantamine injection, which I think saved his life.  By 12 pm, he was much better.  By the end of the day, he was back to normal.  I started him on two natural supplements to help with his intestinal issues.  It seemed to work and we had two good months before it returned again.

The vet then recommended 5 straight days of a dewormer, Power Pack.  Any domestic horse would hate you after 2 days of a wormer, let alone 5.  But he was a pretty good little guy and we were able to get most of it down him.

Since then (it has been another 2 1/2 months), it seems he is good.  Of course the natural supplements will be a part of his life from now on, morning and night.  He doesn’t mind them at all and wickers when I bring him some mash with them in.  The girls are a bit jealous they don’t get as much mash as he does, but I think he loves every minute eating it and knowing he is getting special treatment.

Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kootenai, May 12, 2013

Nancy from the Billings Blm office came out and did our compliance check a few weeks ago.  They were all good and came up and visited in the pasture with her while we talked.  Everything went well, I knew it would, but I still felt nervous waiting for her arrival that morning and relieved when it was over.

Kootenai, April 2013
Kootenai, April 2013

The month of May here in Montana marks the month for opening up some seasonal pastures that the horses have not been on since last fall.  Much of this land is very similar to the upper mountain in the Pryors.  Many of the native grasses and plants are the same.

Yesterday was the chosen day to let them down into one of those.  Kiowa and Kootenai had never been down in this 10+ acre pasture.  I sat on our back balcony to watch the show.  They would be joined by Valerosa, 20-year-old Quarter Horse Buddy, 13-year-old Anglo-Arab Oreo and two photo bombing miniature burro’s (Pancho and Cisco).

Before I owned wild horses, I thought  that any open gate meant an escape opportunity for them.  I visioned that they would go bursting through right away.  That is not the case.  At least not with the 4 wild horses that I own.  While Oreo, Buddy, Valerosa and the Burros went running down the hill, Kiowa and Kootenai hung back and took a while to finally join them.

They needed to look over the situation first, with caution.  The other horses went running straight down the hill.  But these two did a slow switch-back path down instead.

Kootenai checks out the new pasture from above.
Kootenai checks out the new pasture from above.
Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kiowa heading down after Kootenai
Kiowa heading down after Kootenai

After the initial decent, it did not take them long to love the new area.   We spent a couple hours watching them run, eat and play.

Kootenai heads down
Kootenai heads down
Kootenai heading down with two burro photo bombers
Kootenai heading down with two burro photo bombers

 

Kootenai and Kiowa joining the others.
Kootenai and Kiowa joining the others.
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa

 

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The daughter of Sacajewa and Merlin.  Full sister of Hidatsa and Fiero.  Valerosa, May 12, 2013
The daughter of Sacajewa and Merlin. Full sister of Hidatsa and Fiero. Valerosa, May 12, 2013
Valerosa with the burros
Valerosa with the burros
Oreo, Buddy and Valerosa
Oreo, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa

 

Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa leading the way.
Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa leading the way.

 

Running because they love it!
Running because they love it!
Valerosa and Cisco
Valerosa and Cisco
Kootenai
Kootenai
Kootenai and Kiowa
Kootenai and Kiowa

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Valerosa and the burro boys
Valerosa and the burro boys
Kootenai and photo bomber Cisco
Kootenai and photo bomber Cisco
Kootenai and Valerosa
Kootenai and Valerosa
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Kootenai and Valerosa (burro bomber in the background!)
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai

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Kiowa and Valerosa
Kiowa and Valerosa
3 Pryor Horses and best friends.
3 Pryor Horses and best friends.

K, K NS V Ki and Koo

Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa
Kiowa
Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa (with the wrong brand)  and Kootenai
Kootenai and Valerosa, May 10, 2013
Kootenai and Valerosa, May 10, 2013

Koo and V

 

Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Kiowa, Kootenai and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai and Valerosa

I feel very lucky to be able to look out my window everyday and see my own little Pryor Band of horses. From the first day I brought Kiowa and Kootenai here, these 3 have been very close.  They know they are the same, I am sure of it.

I hope given time, Kiowa will feel happy to be here too.  All I have is time, and I intend to give her as much as she needs.

Sandy

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An Update On Some Adopted Pryor Horses

Juneau and Mendenhall, June 17, 2012
Juneau and Mendenhall, June 17, 2012

Lori sent me these photos of Juneau and Mendenhall, Kaycee and Mariah and also Hickory, who was adopted by Bess in 2009.  I thought I would share them with you.  They are owned by Bess Carnahan, who lives in Nebraska.  They all look really good.  The little ones have really grown!  Thanks Lori!

Sandy

Hickory, 2007 son of Mystery.
Hickory, 2007 son of Mystery. Photo by Cédric 
Hickory (Blue)
Hickory (Blue)
Train Steve with Hickory (Blue).  August 2012
Train Steve with Hickory (Blue). August 2012

 

Mendenhall
Mendenhall
Mendenhall with Trainer
Mendenhall with Trainer
Mendenhall
Mendenhall
Mariah and Mendenhall in front.
Mariah and Mendenhall
Juneau and Kaycee
Juneau and Kaycee
Kaycee, Jackson and Mariah, June 2012
Kaycee, Jackson and Mariah, June 2012
Kaycee and her new filly, June 18, 2012
Kaycee and her new filly, June 18, 2012
Juneau and Mendenhall, June 2012
Juneau and Mendenhall, June 2012
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