Mountain Update, Day Two. September 5, 2012

I know I said that I was only going to post one post before I left for the adoption.  I have a million things I probably should be doing.  But I could not stop looking at my photos that I took and decided I might as well let everyone else see them too!  So here you go.

The morning of day two of our trip was a pretty quiet morning.  There were not many horses out.  Teton’s band walked by us in the early morning.  They were joined by Mescalero and his band.  We saw these two bands together the rest of our trip.  They would graze together and then when one group decided to move on, the other did as well.

Missoula really seemed to like this band and hung around them fairly close.  They seemed to like him too.  I thought Polaris looked better than I had seen her for a long time.  She has put on some weight and looks good.

Warbonnet and Phoenix, August 31, 2012
Rosarita, August 31, 2012
Mescalero and Polaris, August 31, 2012

Not far behind were Topper, Topper Too and Chino.  The Toppers seemed to pause a tiny bit longer this time.  Were they starting to get used to me?  Probably not.

Topper Too and Topper, August 31, 2012
Chino, August 31, 2012

 

After watching them head towards the pond, I decided to go check on Lakota.  The memorial was still intact and I added another Red Tail Hawk feather that I had found.

Amber and I saw Blue Moon and Custer’s band not too far away, napping.  Instead of going down to see them we decided to head for the pond and see who we might see there.

When we arrived at the pond, there were other people there, so we decided we would rather go back and see Blue Moon and Custer.  So, we saw Blue Moon on a Blue Moon, it seemed fitting!

We hiked closer to them.  Here were two more bands together.  Custer and Blue Moon are full brothers.  I had never seen these two bands together before.  I always said that they were such opposites.  Custer is a devoted band stallion and very caring towards his family.  Blue Moon on the other hand seems to be the exact opposite.  He is the “carefree” band stallion, leaving his band often to go goof off with whatever bachelors that might be near.  However, this year I felt that maybe finely Blue Moon was starting to grow up and perhaps that is why his older brother Custer choose to be near him.

We watched them for a while.  Then both bands decided it was time to head towards the pond.

Blue Moon’s Band, August 31, 2012
Custer’s Band, August 31, 2012
Blue Moon’s Band
Blue Moon Band with Custer’s in the background, August 31, 2012
Miocene and Sequoyah
Blue Moon
Sequoyah and Miocene
Miocene, August 31, 2012
Blue Moon’s Band

 

Custer watching Blue Moon leaving.
Fiasco and Winnemucca
Winnemucca, August 31, 2012

We watched Custer follow Blue Moon until they were out of sight in the trees.  I wanted to see what Mystic Pond looked like, so we continued down the road to see it.  I knew it would probably be dried up, and I was right.

Mystic Pond, August 31, 2012

Amber and I spent a few hours hiking around.  Most of the horses seemed to be in the trees.  It was a pretty warm day.  We hiked back to Krueger Pond.  The people were still there, I wondered if they were planning on staying there all day.  I hated the thought of them interfering with the horses drinking so long.  We decided to hike to the other pond across the road.  We saw White Cloud’s band in the trees on our way there.  I wished I had taken a photo of the pond, but neither Amber or I did.  It was really only a big mud puddle now.  We sat above it for a while, but nothing came to drink from it.  After stopping to take a couple photos of Mica and Feldspar, we headed back towards our camp.

Mica, August 31, 2012
Feldspar

The quiet morning continued into a quiet afternoon.  We did not see the other people all day.  We had most of the mountain to ourselves.  They must have stayed at the pond.  We decided to stay away from the pond, to give the horses more space to drink from their only water source.  It did not seem right to make it any more crowded.

It was early evening before we saw more horses.  It was Teton’s band and Mescalero’s band, still together, heading towards us.  Little Missoula was really interacting with Mescalero and Mescalero was being very patient with him.  Teton did not seem to mind the interaction and kept grazing.  Half Moon was not concerned either.

Teton’s Band

 

Phoenix
Teton
Missoula
Teton and Half Moon
Rosarita and Mescalero
Polaris
Missoula and Mescalero, August 31, 2012

Coronado Band was next to come by.  This time they were without Baja and his band.

Fools Gold, August 31, 2012
Dove
Dove and her filly, August 31, 2012
Coronado
Coronado’s Band, August 31, 2012

It was starting to rain and almost dark when I saw Garcia, Greta and Millicent.  Little Millicent was pretty far behind them and it seemed they did not care.  I was worried about her.  As Garcia and Greta headed into the trees, I wondered if Millicent would find them.  About an hour later in the dark we heard a very long shrill whinny.  It sound like a foal.  I got out of the truck to look and less than a minute later I saw Garcia, Greta and Millicent, walking together.  This time Garcia was staying where he should have been an hour before, behind Millicent making sure she kept up.  I was sure that they had been separated.  Hopefully Garcia has learned his lesson and will be more attentive.

Greta and Garcia, August 31, 2012
Millicent
Garcia and Greta
Garcia and Greta
Millicent, August 31, 2012
Millicent

 

Sandy, August 31, 2012

The wind and rain started to come down harder.  I hoped that it would really pour.  It did rain for a couple of hours, sometimes hard, but not enough to form mud puddles.

The next day our plan was to go down Burnt Timber, visit the horses at Britton Springs and then head back up Sykes.

I will share that day with you soon.

Sandy

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Wild Horses And The Missoula, Montana Airport

I have been asked to provide a collection of photos for the Missoula, Montana airport.  The manager of marketing and advertising at the airport was at my Rotary Club presentation about the Pryor Horses last fall.  She recently contacted me and asked me if I would be interested.  Of course I said yes.  It was a good opportunity for a lot of people  to learn about the Pryor Mountain Horses.  It will be displayed in the airport in a place where all people can see the display, not just ticked passengers.

The PMWMC is providing information that will be available for everyone to look at.  Thank you Lori!

I will have a thirty foot wall to fill.  Below are the photos that I have chosen.   All will be on canvas.  I am grouping them in “2’s”.  I have selected a variety of photos.  My hope is it will give those that pass through the airport,  a look into their life on the range.  I think so many people do not even know that there are still wild horses.  I hope I can raise that awareness and cause more people to become involved  and realize the beauty that is just outside their back door.

Also, someone said to me today that they did not know that I sold my photos!  Of course I do, but that is not why I am here.  I am here for the horses and to provide information for everyone.  But, a little gas money to go to the Pryors would be great!  I take over 1,500 photos every time I go.  So if anyone is interested in a particular horse, or photo, please contact me.  My email is listed below.

First grouping and in the middle will be:

Lakota and Grijala, July, 2011
Grijala, July, 2011

On the left side of this pairing will be:

Chino and the Toppers, May, 2012
Jackson and his band, September, 2011

Next and further to the left will be:

Lakota, May, 2012
Bakken, April, 2012

Further to the left will be a group of four foals (in groups of 2):

Montana, May, 2012
Gabrielle and Cappuccino’s foal, May 2012

Then:

Missoula (of course I had to show him!), May 2012
Mica, May 2012

Then on the right of Grijala running, from left to right (in groups of 2) will be:

Lakota, July 2011
Lakota, July 2011

The next two:

Kootenai, April, 2012
Krystal and band, April 2012

The next two:

Kiowa, March, 2012
Kayenta and Warbonnet, May 2012

The final two:

Baja, May, 2012
Jackson, October, 2011

I will update this post with a photo of the display.  It will be in place by the third week in June.

Sandy  (viento3@aol.com)

The display went up June, 12, 2012. The title cards and other signage will be going up soon. I’ll post another photo when it is completely done.

Mountain Update. Another new Foal!!! (#2), April 15, 2012

I just got back from the Pryors a few minutes ago.  The first update that I am going to give is about the new foal that we found.   He was born to the mare Half Moon(Rosarita and Starman) and the stallion Teton (Diamond)(Isabella and Raven).

My friend Brigitte and I were on our way down Burnt Timber Sunday when we made the discovery.  We were pretty far away, but I took several photos.  Be sure to click on the photo so you can see it full size and then can zoom in closer.  They are a bit blurry, but you can see the foal pretty well.

I contacted Matt right away and let him know.    He looks to be healthy!  I look forward to watching him grow up on the mountain!  What a special discovery.

UPDATE:  MAY 12, 2012  Confirmed.  The foal is a colt and his name will be Missoula!  Thanks Matt!

Half Moon, March, 2012
Teton (Diamond), October 2010
Half Moon and her new foal Missoula, April 21, 2012. Photo taken by Ginger Katherns of The Cloud Foundation.

Sandy

Thank you Ginger for your photo!