It has been a while since anyone has reported seeing Jesse James.
When I turned on my computer this morning, the first thing I saw when I went to my Facebook feed page was a post by Tracy Anderson on the Pryor Mustang page. Tracy had posted several photos that she took when she was out visiting the range for the first time on September 8, 2013. They are beautiful photos, but what really caught my eye was that some of them were of Jesse James! He looks really good and I am so happy to see him! Thank you Tracy for sharing.
I also had to post this beautiful photo of Merlin. He is looking good as well!
If you would like to find out more about Tracy, here are her two Facebook pages. Not only is she a photographer, but she is also a painter. Click on Paintings or Photography to go to those pages.
I had to laugh when I titled this post. Part 7. When I did the first post for my August Trip (Part 1), I was actually thinking of just making one post! Well, that certainly did not happen. I have posted almost 400 photos from my 9 day trip! I hope you don’t mind me publishing so many posts.
Below are some of the photos we took while up the Dryhead. I so love the Dryhead horses. It is always so amazing to me to see them surviving on this part of the range. It seems they have so little to eat. But they all looked amazing.
Each day that I spent in the Dryhead, I saw Fools Crow and his band. It was great to see him with a band, and I enjoyed them becoming the new greeters for me this trip.
There were a few horses I did not see close up. But my friend Anh, spent a day in the Dryhead when I was giving one of my day trip tours. I have included some of her photos as well. Thank you Anh for sharing!
I finally made it out to the Dry Head last Wednesday after visiting with Liesl & Kaibab at Diane’s. They are doing great and seem very happy in their new home with their new family! They look better than I have ever seen them look, so apparently this change was the best thing for them. We are working with them and I think soon we will be able to get their halter’s on.
Most of the Dry Head horses are out on Mustang Flats.
First I saw Fools Crow with his band of the dark bay’s, and of course Mercuria.
It seems that Hidalgo could not hold onto all of his ladies. Fools Crow has Jewel with Mercuria, Halo, Icara and Morgana. They all seemed perfectly content and this group was quite a ways from Hidalgo and his little band.
Hidalgo had Fresia and Montana with him. Just nearby on the hill were the bachelor boy’s intently watching Hidalgo and his little band. I watched as Hidalgo chased the bachelor boys away. Apparently they were a little too close for comfort. He sure is keeping his band close with an eye on the bachelor’s.
I hiked out to see who the bachelor boy’s were that were watching Hidalgo and his band.
It was Hawk, Issaquah, Johnston and Kemmerer. Chief Joseph was alone but near the boy’s!
Then I spotted Blizzard and hiked down to see who was with him. It was Cascade and they were quite a ways from the others. Blizzard was keeping some distance from the rest and did not really like me taking their photo’s. After I did take a few pictures he moved into the brush and I hiked back to my car.
That is when I spotted Merlin and he was headed towards Hidalgo and his band.
Hidalgo saw him and took off in a full gallop across the dessert to chase him away. There was no confrontation, just chasing. After he felt Merlin was far enough away he turned and galloped back to his band.
Merlin stopped and just kept on watching Hidalgo. I think he will be dogging Hidalgo and possibly Fools Crow too. I will have to make another trip out there this week to see if there are any more changes.
I decided to head back down and see if I could find anyone else.
I did spot Hickok and his girls out on one of the “hills” towards the south end of the range.
It was a good day and I look forward to another exciting trip soon!
Thank you Lori! Merlin really looks good. It is so good to see Fools Crow with a band again.
Today is the one year anniversary of Wild in the Pryors! It is hard to believe that it has been a year.
Lori sent me these photos take today. They are of the ever faithful appearing Greeters and some great shots of the mountain. The horses all look really good! Thanks so much Lori.
I am heading to the Pryors late next week with my friend Anh. I am hoping that Lori and Brianna may be able to spend some time with us too. It sure will be good to be there. Right now the weather looks like it will be clear. So if the horses choose to show themselves to me, I may have a lot to share with you.
Brianna and I had a great trip yesterday and spent almost all day out on the range.
Brianna and I met at about 9:30 at the Center. There was a young man & woman who were talking to Kaibab and Liesl and waiting for the Center to open.
We let them in and they bought one Sandy’sWild Caballo DVD’s! They loved it.
They wanted to go with us (follow us) out to the range…so that is what we did.
They both were very nice and appreciative. They are from Michigan and were on their honeymoon.
So off we went. We first saw the greeters. They were very spread out and we could not get close…but Jesse James, Seneca, Hightail and Hickok were all there.
Next we drove in to the Devil’s Canyon Overlook and saw Fiero, Cascade and Bakken.
We did not see Strawberry and we hiked around to try to see if we could find her, but no Strawberry. I was really worried about not seeing her with Fiero. They were all just resting, but kept looking towards the Canyon area. We hiked out a ways thinking maybe Strawberry was there, but nothing.
We continued on our way and for some reason we looked around by the turnoff by Bad Pass Trail. We hiked out a ways because Brianna saw a dun horse…well it was Kemmerer, way down in the canyon, but on a cliff.
Then Brianna hiked out further and she saw Sacajawea on the cliff with Kemmerer.
Brianna then (and we were following her) saw Seattle and another horse down there…it was Strawberry!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we took lots of pictures and watched as Seattle “bred” with her.
I could not believe that. I don’t know how this happened from just Sunday when I was out there…but Seattle has Strawberry!!!! I wonder how long this is going to last and how Sacajawea is feeling about Strawberry in the harem.
I also wonder if there was a fight between Seattle and Fiero, but did not see any “war wounds” on Fiero. Possibly, as Sandy pointed out, Strawberry did not like Cascade in Fiero’s harem! We will just have to wait and see how this plays out.
So there is a lot of drama in the Dry Head again!!!
We never found Merlin…we looked and looked but no Merlin.
On our way out we decided to go to Bad Pass Spring in the lower Sykes area..and we hiked for awhile. We saw Medicine Bow all alone. He was on the side of a cliff.
I almost did not see him, but just happened to look up and saw him. We never saw anyone else in that area, but lots of hoof prints.
Then after leaving that area we decided to go to another part of the lower Sykes area, but just as far as my car would go. On our way we spotted a black horse, so we got out and hiked to see who it was. Surprise of all surprises…it was Cecelia…and we did not see anyone else.
I was so worried because we did not see the foal or Siting Bull. Then we drove a bit further and turned around. On our way back we saw Cecelia again and then we saw Sitting Bull. Now I am really worried…we did not see a foal with them.
Well then Joe and Devin (who were with us) hiked a bit further up over the ridge and pointed down as if to say he saw another horse. He saw the foal. Thank God…he found Cecelia’s foal (who has no name yet). Note: we just found out today that Matt has named him Mato.
Anyway….the little guy was laying under a tree and Cecelia and Sitting Bull were a ways from him. I wondered why. I suppose he was just resting, but when he got up he was limping on his right rear leg. His leg seemed to be hurt, but I did not see anything that looked too bad. I did not see any swelling, or anything that looked like a break…no blood or anything…so hopefully he just has a sprain or pulled muscle in his leg.
I am not an expert on these things, but he was putting some weight on it and moving it, so hopefully he will heal. These injuries just worry me.
He is so beautiful, a grullo color with a snip. He then ran a little bit..limping..but able to run, to his momma. At first she seemed to nip at him but then let him nurse, and then he continued to graze with her.
Sitting Bull was nearby too, but they were very spread out. I was worried for the little guy.
Then Cecelia just kept on walking while grazing and he was left behind a bit. Sitting Bull came close to him and they touched noses..it was so so cute. I felt better while the grazed together. The more he moved around the better he was walking,. I think it was stiff from resting. Maybe that is how they just go along…grazing a distance from each other. but I will still worry about his limp and Cecelia taking care of him.
It was a real good day as far as seeing the horses, but I still felt sad that we did not find Merlin.
Thank you Lori for the great update! I love your photos. It is so nice to see photos of Sitting Bull and Cecelia’s colt. I hope he heals fast and grows old in the Dryhead.
I remember when I saw Fiero alone in March of this year. You can read that post by clicking FIERO. I felt really bad for him being alone, but then just a few days later someone reported that he was with Strawberry again. I think she does that quite often. Leave him and go off doing her own thing for a while. It will be interesting to see if she is back with him.
I am heading to the Pryors tomorrow. Lori and I are going go to the top of the mountain via Burnt Timber Road. I hope to be able to check on everyone along the way, and visit Lakota once more before the snow blankets him. Then go up the Dryhead and lower Skyes to check on everyone there.