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A Visit To The Dryhead

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The Dryhead horses can be very elusive, especially in the summer months.  The summer is very hot, and if you are not there in the morning just as the sun rises, as I have found out many times,  you may not see a single horse.  But in the fall, they begin to be a bit more visible, but can still be difficult to find.  My friend Laura Curtis always seems to have a way of spotting the horses, and she takes beautiful photos of them.

Laura and her husband John just returned from a trip, and she shared a report and photos of what she saw in September and October of this year.   Thank you so much Laura, it is great to see all of these horses!

Below are her words and photos.

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Autumn in the Pryor Dryhead

John and I went to the Dryhead for a couple of days this Fall in September and again in October.

In September, the first band we saw was the “Greeter” band. Hickok and Kitalpha with their foal Quasar, Seneca, Nova and Prima. The early morning mist at Crooked Creek made Kitalpha’s photos look like paintings.

I miss the awesome mare Hightail, so much.  She was the very first Pryor wild horse I saw as she was leading the Greeters at the State Line. I loved her and also her son Chino. Hightail is the granddam of Jesse James. The above photo May 28, 2015, is my last time with her and her great spirit still burned brightly as she walked through the spring wildflowers.

Note from Sandy:  Hightail was the first horse I ever saw, walking down the middle of the road, she lead me to Admiral and the rest of his band, at Crook Creek Bay. 

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Hickok

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Kitalpha

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Next we saw Fiero and Strawberry grazing beside the Devil’s Overlook Road. Near them these sweet bighorn lambs were sunning by the road.

Then we saw Hawk with his band, Fresia, Oak, Parry, Morgana and Oglala on a high ridge across from the entry to Devil’s Overlook Road. I hiked up to see Hawk snaking the three boys trying to keep the band tight together as Fresia and Morgana moved away. This band has been together since June.

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At Mustang Flats we were surprised by a bobcat near the road that quickly ran away. As we left the Flats we saw Chief Joseph high on a western hill grazing alone.

Note from Sandy:  I saw a Bobcat on one of my trips up Burnt Timber this past summer.  They must be making a comeback.

On the October trip, at early morning Fool’s Crow was on Mustang Flats with the two beautiful full sisters, Halo and Jewel.

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About 9 am we saw Hawk, Fresia with her sons Oak and Parry, Morgana with Oglala near the road south of the Montana/Wyoming state line. We watched Oglala nursing Morgana so guess that settles whether she or Icara is his mom. Oak and Parry are two stunning full brothers from Fresia and Hidalgo. Parry is really a mischief maker. He constantly nipped at the manes and legs of Oak and Oglala. There was a lot of play-fighting, practice to be big boys. Later Parry decided to be a baby again and began to nurse– and then lay down making a precious picture as the sun highlighted his two-tone mane and tail.

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Oglala, Oak and Morgana

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Oak and Perry

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Oak and Perry

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Before you get to the tipi rings, Fiero, Strawberry and Sacajawea were grazing behind the knoll. All three looked good. I was especially happy to see Sacajawea had gained more weight. As they moved on down the ridge, Sacajawea didn’t seem to have any problem keeping up. They watered at Layout Creek, then continued to graze along the two-track.

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Sacajawea

We saw Johnston, Icara and Phantom by the road as we headed back to the Pryor Mustang Center.

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Icara

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Phantom

Late afternoon I was excited to ride up Sykes Ridge Road with Nancy Cerroni. We saw Hawk and his band on Lower Sykes which was surprising as I had seen them earlier in the day on Hwy 37 near the state line. It is amazing the distance they can travel quickly in this extremely rugged terrain.

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On Sunday we stopped by the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center to see Mercuria, who was adopted with her foal Paquita by the Pryor Mustang Center in the 2015 removal, now at her new home in the Center pasture. Stiles is happy to have a friend again since the September death of Besa (a 1999 daughter of Hightail).

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As we drove out of the Dryhead early on our last day, Hickok was near the highway at Crooked Creek. How I hate those cockleburrs that seem to always be in his hair in the Fall! Yesterday we saw Kitalpha and Quasar on the ridge by the Creek.

I am already looking forward to Spring in the Dryhead and our summer trip to the mountain with you.

Thanks for everything!!

Laura

 

2017 Wild In The Pryors Calendar

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Below is a snapshot of my 2017 Calendar.  You can order now, and be sure to have it before the beginning of the year.  They are printed on premium satin card stock, not the light weight calendar paper that is usually used.  It would be possible to even place them in a frame after the year is done!  The calendars are $24.00 and includes domestic shipping costs.   I have sent many calendars to other countries, contact me for an additional quote on that shipping price.

Horses in Photos:

January:  Irial and Lobo

February: Nimbus

March: Jasper

April: Blanca

May: Custer and Winnemucca

June: Ireland and Quillian

July:  Blue Moon and Custer

August:  Doc

September:  Doc’s Band, Tecumseh, and Mescalero’s band

October: Knight and Nimbus

November: Jackson

December: Irial

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text or email to place your order:  406-360-8959 or wildinthepryors@aol.com

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Lighting Strike On the Mountain

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Doc rushing in to prevent Aztec and Jasmine leaving for Cappuccino’s band.

One of the first things I noticed this year when I arrived on the range, was how very dry it was up here. I could hear the grass “crunch” under my feet as I walked. It made me afraid that this could be a very high fire danger season. As I looked at the forecast for the next 10 days, there seemed to be no rain in sight, but every afternoon, it seemed as though that might change. Yesterday it did, and it rained for 3 hours, the horses running past us, seeking shelter from the storm. Knowing by the horses reaction, I knew that this would be a severe storm, and the horses were right, with the rain came a sufficient amount of thunder and lightning.

Whenever a storm with lightning strikes occur on the mountain, I gather my guests and we climb in the truck. I feel that is the safest place to be during a storm, especially with lightning striking around us. I then pull away from any near by trees. And that is where we sat for 3 hours yesterday, waiting out the storm and being thankful for the much-needed rain to the range. As I type this , the rain is again pouring down. So thankful for this moisture. Today is different, however, the horses are still visible, so I will take that as a sign that this storm will not be as bad as yesterday’s.

At about hour 2 1/2 of this storm, the sky seemed to be clearing, and I started to work my way back up the very muddy road to our campsite. It was then that we all witnessed a lightning strike hit a tree up near the Skyline Meadow, also known as Bigfoot’s Meadow.  This area was about 1/2 mile from us. The lightning strike caused the tree to turn instantly bright red and as fast as the red dimmed, the smoke began.

My guests ( Barb and Dick) my assistant (Abbie) and myself decided we should let as many people know about this fire so we could as to get a quick response from someone..anyone. I immediately got on my phone and was relieved that I had enough service to make a call. The first call was to Jeff, the BLM law enforcement agent. After leaving a voice mail, I then dialed 911. And at the last-minute, I thought I should let Jim Sparks know, and left a voicemail for him as well. It was a bit unnerving to think what could occur if the fire was big enough and the wind strong enough. I tried to push that from my mind and focus on where we had seen this strike.

The rain was still coming down hard, and that in itself was comforting, knowing that it was hopefully putting the fire out. But by now we could not see the area of the strike, the fog had settled in, it was difficult to tell if it was smoke or fog. We all continued to watch the area of the strike as we waited for a response from our calls.

It was not long, probably just a few minutes ( but it seemed much longer) that I heard from Jeff. I spoke briefly with him, and he confirmed that the 911 dispatcher had already reached him. He indicated that they would send up a helicopter to try to spot the location, but they needed to wait for the fog to lift.

Once the fog lifted, much to our relief, we could not see any smoke. I called Jeff and let him know. (I was not looking forward to a helicopter, knowing how the horses would react, but we all agreed, a helicopter would be better than a range engulfed in flames). He said a ground crew of firefighters would be up to check on the fire. For those of you that have not been on the range, that would mean that it would take about 3 hours or more with a fire truck, to get to the top.

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The Firefighters spent the night so they could continue to check on the strike.

Once the firefighters reached the top, I directed then to the area of the strike.  They were able to hike to the area and locate the tree.  The lightening had traveled all the way down the tree and into the ground where there was a small area of smoldering matter.  The firefighters  worked on the area last night, then sat up camp so they could continue to work on it in the morning.  This morning they were up working on the area for several hours.  They informed us that a small smothering area can turn into a big fire in no time if the conditions are right, and told me that it was good that we had called it in.  Abbie and I had just hiked that area a few days ago, so I know how thick and dense that area is with dead and downed trees.  A fire that started here, would be eagerly fed with the food of this forest.   We were grateful for their quick response.

I am writing this post so that others that travel up on the range can know that you can call 911 when on the range.  After talking to my guests, I realized that many people to not think that there is reception on the range, but you can locate it in some areas.  If you do call 911 you should know a few things.  When on the top of the mountain, you are in Carbon County, also try to pin point the direction and area that you see a strike and smoke.   So please call to report a fire.  The horses depend on your fast response.

My guests and I would like to thank the BLM for their fast response and hard work.  Thank you Jeff, LeRoy and the rest of the firefighting crew for your efforts.  We very much appreciate it!

When we woke this morning, we were greeted by a glorious sunny sky and a very green range with lots of muddy puddles for silly horseplay!

Sandy

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Knight and Nimbus drinking from a puddle. 7-3-16


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Mescalero playing in the mud. 7-3-16


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Pride and Mescalero, 7-3-16

 

Bolder’s Band


I’ve been on the mountain for a few days now, and have watched very little go on with this band. Bolder’s 6 year old son, Killian and his 5 year old son, Lobo, are still in this band. 

For those that don’t know, I’ll give you a real quick education on what usually happens with bands. The band stallion usually kicks the colts out around 2 years old. For whatever reason, Bolder has not done that. Their are many opinions on why, but the bottom line is, he should have done it years ago. 

I consider this band the most disfuntional on the mountain.  Neither of these “kids” have joined bachelor bands. These bands made up of young and older stallions ( who have lost their bands) are important for the proper development of the young colt. While in these bands, they learn the way of the mountain, and learn to be independent but also what it takes to be good leaders and to one day become good band stallions. 

While Lobo seems to be a bit stronger and more independent then Killian, he still remains with the family band. I read a few times this spring that they were kicked out , but it appears it has not worked. 
Last night, I heard screaming and fighting outside my tent. I thought it might be this band, and was delighted when in the morning,  I saw that Killian and Lobo were not with the band.  The mare Sapo had either gone willingly or was driven to go. I can’t quit decide. She seems content, but has lost a lot of weight. 


Bolder, too has lost a considerable amount of weight. But it should be noted that he has very few scars, and Killians face and chin are covered in them. 

This mornings separation did not last long. Lobo kept calling, and Bolder, who was about a football field length away came running over to drive them off.  But Lobo went one way and Killian with Sapo went another, the other two mares, Celt and Baily’s, followed close behind and in a matter of minutes, they were one band again. With Bolder looking tired and frustrated. 

From what I have observed, I think that Bolders mare Baily’s would probably stay with Bolder. Celt on the other hand would most likely stay with her son Killian.  

My hope is Bolder figures that out soon. As my assistant Sarah said this morning. “Bolder is young enough to gain another mare on this own”. I tend to agree with that. He needs to take his loses and move on. Lobo will probably join the bachelors, and Killian will be left to fight his battles with his mother by his side. 

I will keep you posted. 

Sandy 

the full moon rising this week on the mountain

2016 Pryor Foal # 7

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Ireland and Galaxy’s new foal! Photo by: Colleen Kilbane Heart Four Bar Photography

Ireland and Galaxy have a new foal.  Discovered yesterday.  I had a feeling by the photos I had been seeing, and what I had witnessed last summer, that Ireland was very close.  I had witnessed Galaxy breeding her about a week after she had little Pegasus last year.

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Galaxy, June 29, 2015

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Ireland and Pegasus, June 29, 2015

Ireland is the 1997 daughter of Isabella and Raven.  Galaxy is the 2006 son of Quelle Colour and Lakota.

This little one looks to be a filly.  No word on a name yet.  Pegasus love having a playmate!

Thank you Jack Sterling and Colleen Kilbane for allowing me to use your photos!  I’ll be getting some of my own in just a few days!

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Ireland and her new foal, June 11, 2016 Photo by Colleen Kilbane Heart Four Bar Photography

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Ireland’s new foal. Photo by Jack Sterling

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Photo by Colleen Kilbane Heart Four Bar Photography

2016 Pryor Foal # 6

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Pride and his half-sister, Quintana.  Photo by 45 degrees North

The sixth 2016 Pryor Foal was born to Feldspar and Mescalero!  It is a filly, and her name is to be Quintana.

Feldspar is the 2005 daughter of Rosarita and Starman.  Mescalero is the 1996 son of Sitka and Shaman.

Thank you Kevin for allowing me to use your photo for this post!   It is very much appreciated.  Kevin and his girlfriend Trisha were on the mountain this past weekend.  You can check out some of Kevin’s beautiful photos by clicking on 45 degrees.  Trish is also an amazing artist, check out her work by clicking on TRISH.

I’ll be up on the mountain soon, and I am looking forward to seeing these little ones myself.

I’ve had a couple of cancellations for my camping trips.  Contact me by text or call at: 406-360-8959 if you are interested.

 

Sandy

2016 Pryor Foal # 5. Deceased

Another 2016 Pryor foal has been discovered!

I just received word from Ryan at the BLM field office this morning that Hatallii, who is currently in Morning Stars band has foaled.

Here is a link on the BigHorn Canyon Facebook page telling about this new little one.  Click on Foal, to go there.  Thank you for sharing the news!

Hataalii is the 2007 daughter of Sapo and Shaman.  Morning Star is the 1996 son of Washakie and Plenty Coups. 

Quest, named by Abbie, was not seen with his band this week. (5-20-16). Rest in peace little one. 

Sandy

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Hatalli and her new foal. Photo by Bill Pickett/ NPS

2016, Pryor Foals # 3 and 4.

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Garcia’s band with the new foal.

Foal number 3 was discovered by Dennis McCollough from Billings, MT.  Thank you Dennis for allowing me to use your photos!

Foal number 3, yet unnamed, was born to Garcia’s band, he or she is the offspring of Greta and Garcia.  Greta is the 2006 daughter of Belle Starr and Chino, Garcia is the 2006 son of Topper and Tony.

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Dukes band with their new foal.

The 4th 2016 foal was also discovered by Dennis.  This foal was born to Duke’s band.  No name has been chosen yet.  He or she is the offspring of Helenium and Duke.   Helenium is the 2007 daughter of Rosebud and Sandman.  Duke is the 1996 son of Flicka and Bigfoot.

I will update this post as the names and sex of the foals are announced.

Sandy

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Helemium and her new foal.

2016 Pryor Foal # 2

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Quanah with his mom Halcyon.

The second known Pryor foal born in 2016 was discovered by Dawn Ness and Danielle on April 9, 2016.  Thank you Dawn for allowing me to use your beautiful photos!

The foal is a colt, and has been named Quanah.  Quanah was a Comanche Chief.  Quanah was born to the stallion Blue Moon and the mare Halcyon.  Blue Moon is the 2001 son of Sitka and Shaman.  Halcyon is the 2007 daughter of Coronado and Blue Sioux.  They make beautiful foals, that seem to end up very identical!  Welcome to the Pryors little one!

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Quanah, April 9, 2016. 

Below is Halcyon last born offspring, Olivia.  I am pretty sure Quanah will have the same coloring when he matures, just like his brother Miocene and sister Nirvana.

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Halcyon and Olivia

 

2016 Foal # 1

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Quasar and Kitalpha.  Photo by Wild At Heart Images.

Once again, Kitalpha defies the odds, despite being on PZP, and gives birth to a beautiful foal. I believe this foal is a colt, born sometime during the last week of March.

I love this mare.  Kitalpha is one of the wildest on the range and has quite a story of survival.   Click on KITALPHA to read that story, one that I published back in 2012.

Kitalpaha is the 2010 daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  The likely sire is Hickok, he is the 2007 son of Belle Starr and Starbuck.

The foal has been given the  Quasar.  I want to thank the photograher Sandy Sisti for allowing me to use her beautiful photos.  I am looking forward to seeing her on the range again this year!

Sandy

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Quasar. Photo by Wild at Heart Images.

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