The Birth Of A Colt, March 26, 2013 (Kelly Addiction, part 2)

Remember Kelly?  She is the Pryor horse that was removed last July during the bait trapping.  Shortly after she was adopted (by Lisa Friday) and moved to her home at Legacy Mustang Preservation, it was discovered that she was pregnant.

Kelly, June, 2012
Kelly, June, 2012

After Kelly’s pregnancy discovery, may of us became glued to our computers. You can read more about Kelly and this on going addiction by clicking : KELLY.

I, like probably many others stopped watching quite so faithfully as the days turned into months.  I silently wondered if she really was pregnant.  But as her tummy begin to get bigger and bigger, it was very apparent that she was.   Then I wondered if perhaps she was caring twins.  I hoped not, as the outcome for twins born to a horse is not often good.  I just hoped everything was okay.  I checked in on her once or twice a day.

This morning, the waiting ended, as Kelly gave birth to a beautiful black colt with a stunning white star on his forehead and a right hind sock.  He is beautiful.  I know all baby foals are beautiful, but for some reason this little guy just has more beauty.  Perhaps it is where he was conceived.  Wild and free in the Pryor Mountains.  Whatever the reason for my new love, I do know I will be following his growth.

Thank you Lisa Friday and Legacy Mustang Preservation for giving him a home.  I know he is in the best of hands.

You can see this little guy on camera with his gorgeous mom Kelly, by clicking on LEGACY.

Kelly's Colt, born today, March 26, 2013
Kelly’s Colt, born today, March 26, 2013
Kelly and her colt, March 26, 2013
Kelly and her colt, March 26, 2013
Kelly and her colt.
Kelly and her colt.
Kelly and her colt, March 26, 2013
Kelly and her colt, March 26, 2013

If you missed the birth and would like to watch, here it is:

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His name is: ‘Cloud’s National Legacy’ or ‘Nate” for short.

Thank you Christina Flint for sending me the photos.


Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

Mountain Top, May 20, 2012

On May 20, when we reached the top of the mountain, it was warm and sunny.  Windy, but not bad. Since then the weather has changed up there.  I heard that they now have well over a foot of snow on top.  The storm came in on Thursday and continued Friday.  It will be good for the mountain to have more moisture.  Hopefully it will fill the water guzzlers too.  I am a bit worried about the really young foals.  But in just a few days the temperatures will be back up and the snow will probably melt quickly.

When we got to the top, just below Penns cabin and in the trees I saw Demure, Broken Bow and Demure’s new colt, Mandan.

Mandan, Demure and Broken Bow, May 20, 2012

They are part of Doc’s band now.  Jenny is the 5th member of that band.  She was napping in the sun close by.

Jenny, May 20, 2012

I could see Madonna through the trees just beyond Demure and Broken Bow.  I had learned from Shawn that Madonna was looking close to foaling.  I wondered if I would see a new foal with her.

I am waiting for official confirmation, but I learned yesterday that Madonna had her foal a couple days ago.  I am worried about her.  She will be 23 this year.  I hope she will be okay and able to survive the birth of another foal.

Madonna, May 20, 2012

Below are some photos I took of Doc’s and Dukes’s bands.  Duke’s band was pretty leery of us being there and quickly moved on.  Doc’s band stayed.  You can see more photos of these foals by reading my post about the last 4 foals born.  Click FOALS to read that post.

Mandan and Demure
Broken Bow with Custer in the background, May 20, 2012
Demure and Mandan
Doc’s band, May 20, 2012
Lancaster, May 20, 2012
Helenium, May 20, 2012
July and her colt, May 20, 2012
July and her foal, May 20, 2012
Part of Duke’s band
More of Duke’s band

The other band that we saw in this area was Custer.  I had seen Custer’s band from a distance when I was here in April.  It was good to see them up close.  Everyone looked good.  Kaibab still looked small.  Leo had really changed since I saw him close up in October, 2011.

Leo, October 2011
Leo, May 20, 2012

When I first saw them Winnemucca (who will be 25 this year!) and Leo were grooming each other.

Winnemucca and Leo

The band did not want to raise their heads up from grazing.  It was pretty hard to get a good photo of them.

Custer’s band, busy eating!
Leo and Winnemucca
Kaibab, Leo and Winnemucca, May 20, 2012

We decided to continue on.  We stopped at Penn’s Cabin to eat lunch.  While we were eating, I saw a lone horse moving down towards Mystic Pond.  I knew as soon as I saw the white blazed face who it was.  It was Starman!  I also saw two other horses on the other side of the pond.  It was Judith and Santa Fe.

Judith, May 20, 2012
Santa Fe, May 20. 2012
Judith and Santa Fe

Santa Fe’s former band, including his new son Mandan, (Demure, Broken Bow and Jenny) were just down over the next hill.  I wondered if Santa Fe knew they were there.  I was pretty sure he did.  How could he not?  Santa Fe will be 17 this year.

Mystic Pond looked cold and chilly that day.  The snow was deep on the side of the hill above it.

Mystic Pond, May 20, 2012
The hill above Mystic Pond. Santa Fe way up the hill.

Starman made his way down towards the pond.  I was not sure if he knew that Santa Fe and Judith were  close by.  He seemed to be just walking by, heading down past the pond and towards Penn’s.  He was just minding his own business and enjoying the day.  Starman is going to be 23 this year.  He is another one of my favorite horses.  I was so happy to see him.  I had not seen him since last July.  He looked like he was putting on a little  more weight since the last photo I saw of him.  He had a cut above his nose, but other wise looked good.

Starman, May 20, 2012

Starman turned and looked up the hill towards Judith and Santa Fe.  That was all Santa Fe needed.  He charged down the hill and headed towards Starman.  I was worried about Starman.  But, he held his own.

Santa Fe heads down the hill towards Starman.
Santa Fe, May 20, 2012
Santa Fe
Santa Fe and Starman
Santa Fe and Starman
Starman and Santa Fe, May 20, 2012

After a few minutes of sparing, Santa Fe headed back to Judith almost as fast has he headed towards Starman.

Santa Fe

That wasn’t so bad, I thought.  Starman seemed fine.  Just move on Starman..But Starman just stood and stared back at Judith and Santa Fe.


Then, Judith started running towards Starman, but veered off towards the pond.  Santa Fe ran for Starman, again.  This time he seemed more angry.

Judith runs towards Starman
Santa Fe
Santa Fe

Starman decided he had enough and started running away.  Santa Fe chased him out of sight, beyond Penn’s and then came charging back to find Judith.

Santa Fe chases Starman.
Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe running down towards the pond to get Judith.

Santa Fe ran towards the pond and a second later, Judith popped up running full speed.

Judith, May 20, 2012

It seems like every time I hear about Judith and Santa Fe, it involves Judith running.  I think Santa Fe has his work cut out for him.  I also think that we will soon see him with some more mares.  I don’t think he ready to retire.  I think maybe Starman was rethinking his retirement that day as well.

Judith disappeared over a hill with Santa Fe close behind.  It was the last we would see of them that day.


We started to head down Burnt Timber.  I will share what I saw there in my next post.


Mountain Update, The Dryhead, May 18, 2012

We arrived in Lovell early in the afternoon.  It was pouring rain and windy.  So we decided to head up the paved road of the Dryhead.

The first horses that we saw were the “Greeters”, Hickok, Jesse James, Seneca and Hightail.

Despite the rain I got out.  Covered my camera with my raincoat and took what photos I could.  They were very active.  More active than what I had seen them ever be.  I wonder how much longer Hickok is going to allow Jesse James to remain with this band.

Hickok and Jesse James, May 18, 2012
Hickok and Jesse James
Hickok and Jesses James
Jesse James and Hickok, May 18, 2012
Jesse James and Seneca
Jesse James

Hickok Band, May 18, 2012
Hickok Band

We kept driving.  At Mustang Flats we saw Hawk and Issaquah far in the distance.  With the rain we decided not to hike to them.  I was glad we decided to keep moving because the next horse I saw was Merlin!  I had not seen Merlin for a long time.  The fall of 2010, was the last time.  Merlin is my filly Valerosa’s father.  I knew that his mare Fresia had her colt, and I was happy to see them!

Merlin, May 18, 2012
Fresia and Montana, May 18, 2012
Kaelia, May 18, 2012
Fresia and Montana
Halo and Montana
Fresia, May 18, 2012
Merlin Band, May 18, 2012
Montana and Halo

Merlin decides to make his mare move.


We spent a long time with this band.  Montana was really fun to watch.  It started to rain harder, so we headed down the road to see who else we could see.

On our way out we saw Medicine Bow and Joseph.  It was raining pretty hard, but I snapped a couple photos.

Medicine Bow, May 18, 2012
Joseph, May 18, 2012
Medicine Bow

It had been a good first day!