I just got news from my friend Anh, that Washakie had her foal. I was disappointed that I was unable to locate this band last week while I was on the mountain. But I am very happy and relieved that they have been found this week! Thank you Anh!
UPDATE: Anh has decided to name him Nahwa. Which is a Shoshone word for “together”. Washakie is a Shoshone name. (Thank you Liz for providing all of the Shoshone “N” words for us to look at!)
Washakie is the 1994 daughter of Sitka and Shamen. Baja is the 1996 son of Tonapah and Looking Glass.
That brings the total surviving foal count to 14 this year.
Little sweet Nasar did not make it. Jared took her to the vet yesterday afternoon. She took Gator Aid with water right away and took milk replacement once at the vet. But unfortunately she went to run with Lakota and all the other wonderful Pryor Horses that have passed. I appreciated deeply Jared efforts to help her.
Even though she was only here 48 hours, she touched my soul. I will always remember her each and every time that I go to my campsite, and I am thankful that I took so many photos of her. She was here and she will always be here to me.
For whatever reason that none of us will ever know, LaBrava choose to have Nasar close by my tent. I feel blessed that I was able to witness this sweet girl for as long as I did and also give her a name.
I keep saying to myself that I should have informed Jared sooner. But I am glad that I was there and knew of the situation. If LaBrava had choose to foal somewhere else, perhaps no one would have known she was in the wrong place. I wonder how many times that occurs and we do not even realize it.
All little Nacer wanted was to be loved. I watched her beg for it with what ever mare she could come close too. She was a strong little filly that deserved better in her short few hours on this earth.
Stay strong little one. You are now one of the spirit horses of the Pryor Mountains, a very special place for one so small.
Gabriele and Cappuccino have a beautiful foal. From this very blurry photo from Shawn (sent from his phone), I think it looks like a girl this year! Born yesterday. Thank Shawn for the effort! Very much appreciated!!
Gabriele is the 2006 daughter of one of the best matched pairs on the mountain, Brumby and Jackson. Cappuccino is the 2002 son of Rosarita and Starbuck, another beautiful stallion.
After the incredible day we had on Sykes the day before, it was going to be hard to top it. It was one of my best day ever on the range. Not because we saw all the horses that we did (that was fantastic of course), but it was which horses we saw. Many I had not seen for several months. It also was because I have come to love Sykes Ridge, especially this time of year. You can read that post by clicking on Sykes.
Today the weather was calling for a storm to move in late in the afternoon. We got an early start and were heading up Burnt Timber road by 7:30. This would be our third day on the range and we were yet to encounter another human. I like it that way.
We were up the road a couple miles when I spotted Cappuccino and his band to the left of us. We stopped for a quick couple shots and kept going.
There was no one at the first water catchment on the left. I kept driving. I wanted to get high enough on the road above this water catchment and also the other one (on the left) to be able to look through my binoculars.
At the water catchment on the left, I saw Cloud and his band. They had been in this same place two days ago. I wondered if they ever left. I thought maybe the reason that they were staying was because Feldspar was about a week from foaling. She had Mica last year around the 6th of May. I took a photo for my records and we moved on. We would hike back to that water catchment on our way down. With the possible storm coming later that day, I wanted to continue up the road and see some horses we had not seen yet.
Arriving on Cheyenne Flats, we saw no horses. We hiked down to the water guzzler. Still no horses.
I glassed over to Sykes Ridge and saw Blizzard and band and also Horizon, Juniper and Fiesta. After staying watching and listening for a while, we drove up further. Still no horses. I stopped and glassed around. Then took these photos so you could see the view and learn a bit more about the range.
I have never gone up Burnt Timber or Sykes Ridge with any one that knows where water guzzlers or spots where horses are. I have had to learn this all on my own and figure out where things are. In a way, I think it has been better that way. I have come to know the range with time, effort and determination. I had to earn the right to know it. I still have so much to learn.
I spent an entire winter a few years ago on Google Earth, mapping out where every water guzzler is on the range. That does not always translate to exactly where they are, but it does give you an idea on where. After that I have spent time hiking around to find them.
We continued going up the road until we ran into snow. I was not seeing any fresh signs of horses, so I figured it would not be worth trying to drive through the snow to go any further. I felt like they were not up this high yet. I was about to the old horse trap area.
It was lunch time already, so we stopped above Cheyenne Flats so we could watch while we grabbed a quick bite. The one band that I really wanted to see was Jacksons. I had not seen this band since February and I knew that Galena would be within days of having her foal. I really wanted to see a new Lakota grandson or daughter. We finished eating and started down the road.
Just around a bend, I saw Jacksons band AND Galena with a new foal! We stopped and took some quick photos. It was very clear that Galena (and Jackson) were not comfortable with us there.
I was pleased to see Jasmine there. She seemed to be fitting into the band nicely now. Firestorm also looked much better than some of the recent photos I had seen of her about a month ago. She is very close to foaling.
We slowly drove through them and went up the road several hundred feet and stopped again. I thought perhaps they would be more comfortable with us if we passed and stopped further away from them. That still did not help. Galena clearly let us know we were not wanted there either. Jackson looked and started walking towards us. We quickly left them to their peace.
Keeping with the Jackson band tradition of naming foals after towns or cities, we decided to call Galena’s new filly Nye. For Nye, Montana. Population 272. Click on Nye to see where in Montana it is. It is pronounced N-eye. Hopefully a nice simple name for us all to remember.
We continued down the road. We had not gone far when I spotted a dun to my right. Then I saw Chino and knew the dun was Topper Too. Just like her mother Topper (who we had seen way over on Sykes the day before), Topper Too started to leave the instant she saw us. I had never seen Chino this time of year before. I saw him and the Toppers in May last year. By then he had shed his winter coat. He still had some left right now and I thought it made him look old. He will be 20 this year. I really like Chino and the Toppers. It was good to see them. I only wished that Topper was with them. This band seemed very incomplete without her there too.
We continued down the road, stopping to listen and look. I saw Teton and Cloud bands at the water catchment, so we decided to hike back and see them. The wind was picking up and I knew by the look of the clouds, that the expected storm was going to materialize. I was not too worried, I only had a few miles to go down Burnt Timber at this point and knew I would be fine, even if it started to rain. We packed our rain gear and hiked to the guzzler.
I had been wondering how Teton was. On my last trip, I had been worried that Mescalero was trying to take his band. I was happy to be wrong about that. We walked over to the other side and sat out of the wind for a while, watching both bands.
While I was sitting there, I spotted some horses about two miles away, up the mountain. I snapped these photos and I have uploaded them full size, so if you click on them (then click again) you can view them in their largest size. My first thought was Galaxy, but that did not seem quite right, then I thought Gringo, but that did not seem quite right either. It could have been both bands by each other and I was unable to see all the horses. Let me know what you think. In one of the photos I could count a total of 8 horses. Gringo’s band has 5 horses and Galaxy’s band has 6 horses. The horses are just below the top of the ridge. Baja’s band also crossed my mind. One of them looked like it could possibly be a new foal (the one behind the bush with just their nose and part of their head showing).
Even though the storm was getting closer, I decided it would be worth a trip back up the road to see if we could find these horses. I looked for a marker to help us locate them (the dead tree that leans to the right). We hiked back to the ATV and headed up the road.
The temperature was quickly dropping and the wind was getting much stronger. I drove to where I thought they would be and could not find them. I hiked around and look through the binoculars. Nothing. We decided not to risk getting stuck in the storm this far up, so we headed down the mountain, loaded up the ATV and drove down the road, just as the first rain drop hit the windshield and a text came in from Lori asking if we were down yet.
I am told that Lovell does not get much rain. I did a little research on this and found out that Lovell only receives about 6.65 inches of rain a year. But it seems every time I am there, it rains at least one day. Lori’s husband has named me “Rainmaker”. I really made it work this time. As we sat enjoying dinner at the Branding Iron with Lori, Jimmy and Brianna, we watched it pour rain outside. I think they were getting about 2 inches of that 6.65 annual total. This would be good for the range. The next days plans were uncertain, but I was happy the range was getting much needed moisture.
Today up Burnt Timber Road, Anh and I found another foal. Galena and Jackson had a filly. She looks to be a day or two old. Galena is the 2006 daughter of Blanca and Lakota. Jackson is the 1998 son of Broken Bow and Two Boots.
Jackson was being very protective of the new foal. We kept our distance and only spent a few minutes with them.
Keeping with the Jackson foal tradition of naming the foals after cities or towns, we have decided to call her Nye. Nye is a town in Montana, the state that she was born in. Here is a great link to a video from CBS on the town of Nye. Click on NYE to view it. I think this name is very fitting.
Last year Matt let me name the foal I found (Missoula), so I am assuming he will also honor that this year. Waiting to hear back from him, but I am sure these will be their official names.
UPDATE NOTE: Just heard from Matt and they will be their official BLM name. Nye, Nodin and Norte.
Anh and I headed up Sykes early this morning. There are many things to share. We saw 50 horses. But I want to get this post out first , with the most important news of all!
Two more foals. The first one we saw was Fiasco and Custer’s new colt. Fiasco is the 2005 daughter of Topper Too and Chino. Custer is the 1996 son of Sitka and Shaman. He looks to be about a week or so old to me. As always it was a windy day up on Sykes, so we have decided to name him Nodin. Which is Native American for Wind. This will be the official BLM name.
We were heading back down Sykes when I spotted more horses, just over the edge off the road. It was Corona, Waif Topper and another new foal! Waif and Corona’s new colt. Waif is the 1997 daughter of Twiggy and Cortez. Corona is the 1997 son Sorita and Sam. This little one looks to be older than the other. Maybe a month old. We have decided to name him Norte, which is Spanish for North. (North Star). This will be the official BLM name.
Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area Facebook page just posted this to their wall. The first known Pryor Foal born this year to Duke’s Band. The mare is Helenium. Not sure if it is a colt or a filly yet. But it sure is cute! You can click BHCNRA to go to their Facebook page! Thanks Cass, Ryan and Bill! Cass’s real camera died, so she had to snap these with her phone! Thanks Cass!
UPDATE: May 24, 2013: The official name will be Noble.
Helenium is the 2007 daughter of Sandman and Rosebud. Duke is the 1996 son of Bigfoot and Flicka.
It is January, and here in Montana it is very cold and we have quite a bit of snow. But a hope for spring comes with every minute of daylight that has been added to the days. I know I have already been noticing it. So my thoughts have turned to this years foals. I thought I would take us into spring and summer by sharing with you who I think will foal.
This post is simply based on who was not given PZP. The age group for this group are those mares born from 2003-2007. I am also going to include the mares born in 2008.
Of course this last year we all received many surprises, many of the younger mares had foals. I am hoping that does not happen this year. From what I have learned, it is much healthier for the mares if they do not conceive until they are in the 4-5 years old.
It was my understanding that the spring of 2011 the weather conditions were so that the PZP was not able to be given at the optimum time. (Remember that was the spring after the huge snow year of 2010-2011). So that may be the reason for last years surprises.
I would welcome a few surprises from other mares other than the ones I am about to list.
So let’s start in the Dryhead of the Pryors.
1. Icara, daughter of Waif and Corona was born in 2008. I am listing her here because I said I would include those born in 2008. But I do not believe she will have a foal. I saw Durango breeding her in late July. (which made me think she had been given PZP) Since she had Morgana in March last year, she would have most likely conceived one month after that, which would have been in April. She is currently in Fools Crow’s band.
2. Fresia, born in 2005, and the daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango, will most likely have a foal this year. She was with the Band Stallion Merlin last spring, so he will most likely be the father again this year. Merlin was injured in June last year and lost his band briefly, but I believe because Fresia’s colt Montana was born the first part of April that she would have conceived in May, so I feel it will be Merlins. She is currently in Hidalgo’s band.
3. Halo, born in 2007, daughter of Waif and Corona. She was in Merlin’s band. Depending on when and if she foals will determine who the father is. She is currently in Hidalgo’s band.
That is unfortunately, all of the mares that fall into the “No PZP” group in the Dryhead this year.
So let’s move up to the Mountain Top Horses.
1. Halcyon, born in 2007, daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado. She had Miocene the first part of May last year, so let’s watch for another foal this year around that same time. She was and still is with the Band Stallion, Blue Moon, so the foal will most likely be his.
2. Isadora, born in 2008, daughter of Rosarita and Starman may foal this year. She is currently in Blue Moon’s band. She had the foal Lemhi in 2011. Lemhi has not been seen since the spring of 2012.
3. Gabrielle, born in 2006, daughter of Brumby and Jackson. She had McKeahnie the middle of May last year. Gabrielle was and still is with the Band Stallion Cappuccino, so the foal will most likely be his.
4. Fiasco, born in 2005, daughter of Topper Two and Chino. She was and still is with the Band Stallion Custer, so he would most likely be the father. I know there are many of us that really want her to have a foal this year!!!
5. Fools Gold, born in 2005, daughter of Amethyst and Shaman. She is with the Band Stallion Coronado. Another one that we would all love to see a foal from this year.
6. Dove, born in 2003, daughter of Phoenix and Teton. She is with the Band Stallion Coronado. Dove just had a foal in mid August of this year. Although she is on the ” No PZP” list, I hope that she does not have a foal this year and is able to give all of her nourishment to her young filly, Manuelita, instead.
7. Demure, born in 2003, daughter of Broken Bow and Two Boots. Demure foaled last year the middle of May, giving the Pryors a beautiful colt, Malpais, from the stallion Santa Fe. She was with the Band Stallion Doc when she gave birth in 2012, so this years foal will most likely be Docs. This will be another great foal!
8. Graciana, born in 2006, daughter of Barcardi and Baja. She is currently in Duke’s band and was last year as well.
9. Helenium, born in 2007, daughter of Rosebud and Sandman. She was and still is in Duke’s band, so if she foals, it will mostly be Duke’s.
10. Hera, born in 2007, daughter of Audobon and Morning Star. She had the filly, Maia the middle of April last year. We all saw Galaxy breeding Hera on National TV, last May, so if she foals, the foal will most likely be Galaxys. I have to say, I hope she does! It would be Galaxy’s first foal and of course the grandfoal of Lakota’s.
11. Greta, born in 2006, daughter of Belle Starr and Chino. She has been with the stallion Garcia for almost 2 years now. So if she foals it will most likely be his. She had Millicent the end of April last year.
12. Galadrial, born in 2006, daughter of Atlantis and Duke. Depending on if she has a foal and when, will determine who the father may be. Tecumseh was the band stallion up until the middle of June, 2012. Since then Gringo has had this band.
13. Firestorm, born in 2005, daughter of Scarlet and White Cloud. She is in Jackson’s band. Firestorm had Malelstrom at the beginning of May 2012.
14. Galena, born in 2006, daughter of Blanca and Lakota. She is also in Jacksons band. She had Moenkopi April 22, 2012. Her foals are always stunning. Am I favoring her foals because she is Lakota’s daughter? Yes, well yes I am.
15. Hertiage, born in 2007, daughter of Warbonnet and Lakota. She is Kootenai’s mom, I would like to see another foal by Hertiage on the range. She is also in Jacksons band. So there is a possibility of a “Jackson 3” this year. Another one that I will be favoring!
17. Hailstorm, born in 2007, daughter of Aztec and White Cloud. She is in Morning Star’s band.
18. Gaelic Princess, born in 2006, daughter of Ireland and Prince. She is also in Morning Star’s band. If she foals, it will be beautiful, I already know that!
19. Hataalii, born in 2007, daughter of Sapo and Shaman. She is in Morning Star’s Band. So Morning Star may have 3 foals in his band this year!
20. Half Moon, born in 2007, daughter of Rosarita and Starman. Mother of Missoula and my Kiowa. She is in Teton’s band. She had Missoula in the middle of April, 2012. Well, of course this will be another favorite!
21. Feldspar, born in 2005, daughter of Rosarita and Starman. She had Mica May 6, 2012. Feldspar is in White Cloud’s band.
22. Inocentes, born in 2008, daughter of Fiasco and Baja. She may have a foal this year. She is also in White Cloud’s band.
23. Damsel, born in 2003, daughter of White Cloud and Sitka. I have decided to include her in this list, even though at the time she is missing. Until spring comes, we may not really know if she is gone. She was due to foal again in September 2012. So perhaps she will be found with a new stallion and may have a foal and/or be pregnant with a healthy foal, due in September 2013. She was in her father White Cloud’s band the last time she was seen.
A total of 26 foals may be born this year. It will be interesting to see what really occurs! Some are more favorite than others, but all are going to be equally adored!
Here is a link to an interactive website that allows you to see what color a foal may be. It is a great site about Color Genetics. Click COLOR to go there! Thanks Shawn for letting me know about this!