Pryor Foal # 8, was born to Quahneah and London. Quahneah is the 2016 daughter of Washakie and Baja. London is the 2011 son of Gold Rush and Doc. The foal is a filly and has been name Taiga.
Quahneah has always held a special place in my heart. Abbie and I were blessed to have seen her a few hours after her birth. The following year, Quahneah put on a special show just for us, making us laugh at a time really needed it. She is a special horse.
Pryor Foal # 9, was born to Jacinta and Garay. Jacinta is the 2009 daughter of Rosebud and Tecumseh. Garay is the is the 2006 son of Mariposa and Conquistador. The foal is a colt and has been name Tapadero. Tapadero joints his other two full siblings on the range, Rue and Patriot.
Due to the on going Cornovirus, I have decided to cancel this years trips. I will be doing 2021 and will release those dates at another time. Thank you. Sandy
Have you ever wanted to photograph wild horses in their nature setting? The Pryor Mountains in Montana offers you an amazing opportunity to do that with an equally amazing backdrop. You will have full days loaded with the opportunity to capture the horses in action, starting with the first light and ending with the blue hour and sunset. And if you choose, you can stay up late and capture some of the dark starry skies in photos and then fall asleep with the horses near by.
Whether you bring a professional camera, or just a cell phone to take photos, Sandy goes out of her way to make sure you leave the mountain with cherished memories of your once in a life-time camping trip.
Sandy has been camping in the Pryors since 2009, spending weeks at a time with the horses, and has been providing camping tours since 2013. Abbie Branchflower will be joining Sandy for part of this season, as her assistant. Abbie also has a vast knowledge of the horses and loves to share it!
Sandy is unsure how many more years she will be doing these tours, choosing not to do tours in 2019. Don’t miss the opportunity to join her.
The many stories that Sandy and Abbie share about the horses and the range, make this trip more than just a chance to view them, it makes this a trip more about knowing the horses, giving you a brief glance into the life of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.
Experience living with the horses 24 hours a day and in doing so, this will give you a better understanding of what it is like to live wild on the range. All tours may include light to moderate hiking.
Below are the tour dates for the summer of 2020.Cost of the trip is $2125 per person. A deposit of 50% ($1062.50) is due at time of booking. Contact me for payment options, or check out by hitting the PAY NOW button below. (a secure payment that accepts most credit/debit cards through out the world.)Below are the tour dates for the summer of 2020. Cost of the trip is $2125. A deposit of 50% ($1062.50) is due at time of booking. (balance is due April 1, 2020). Contact me for payment options, or pay now by hitting the PAY NOW button below. Accepts most credit/debit cards all over the world.
1. June 28-July 1 2 Openings 2. July 3-6 Full Moon! Full 3. July 9-12 Full 4. July 14-17 2 Openings 5. July 19-22 Full
All payments are considered non-refundable. Refunds may be made if cancellations can be filled. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS, so please consider purchasing travel insurance on your own!! Here is a link to travel insurance purchase. This insurance is not through Wild In The Pryors. Please explore this link for cost comparisons of several companies. TRIP INSURANCE
Contact Sandy with any questions: 406-360-8959 All tours will start and end in Billings, MT.
Your camping trip will be 4 days/3 nights on the mountain top. This trip includes: comfortable transportation up and down the mountain, all food,( the food is top quality, no freeze dried camping stuff!) snacks, tents, sleeping pad and expert personal guiding. (last night dinner is on your own once we return to Billings).
There are many great hotels in Billings, MT. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements before and after the trip. AirBnb is also a great source to find some lodging. I can pick you up at your hotel the morning of our first day, or you can meet me at my house in Billings. Feel free to contact me for hotel recommendations. Camping trips will be limited to 5 guests. Sandy will have an assistant with her who will assist her and help you with any camping needs. Sandy will personally be doing all of the guiding. For reservations: Contact Sandy Phone: 406-360-8959 email: email@example.com
Wild in the Pryors is permitted by the Bureau of Land Management to conduct small group tours within the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range from January to December. Wild in the Pryors is one of a handful of businesses that have the federal permits necessary to guide clients onto this federal property.
Pryor Foal # 6 was born to Juniper and Horizon. Juniper is the 2009 daughter of Sapo and Bolder. Horizon is the 2007 son of Felina and Morning Star. The foal is a filly and has been named Talia.
Pryor Foal # 7 was born to Pegasus and Missoula. Pegasus is the 2015 daughter of Galaxy and Ireland. Missoula is the 2012 son of Half Moon and Teton. The foal is a colt and has been named Traveler.
This foal is very special to me. Both Pegasus and Missoula were discovered and named by me. Missoula was the very first foal that I had the privileged to find. I am looking forward to watching this little guy grow into a stallion. Thank you so much Jack for the use of your photo and the discovery of this very special foal.
2019 Pryor Foal # 4 was born to Morgana ( Father unknown). Morgana is the 2012 daughter of Icara and Merlin. Thank you to Brittny for the use of her beautiful photos.
2019 Pryor Foal # 5 was born to Paris (Penn) and Jesse James. Paris is the 2015 daughter Audobon and Hamlet. Jesse James is the Seneca and Admiral. The gender is unknown at this time due to the remoteness of this band. Name has not been given. Thank you to the BLM for the use of their photo.
The year of 2018 is very quickly coming to a close, and like the past several years, I am doing this post to honor the horses that have died in 2018. The list is shorter then it was last year, but no less painful. Even though several of those that passed in 2018 were very young, their memory will not be forgotten.
We didn’t get the chance to watch them grow and develop a strong presence on the mountain, but the lucky few that saw them and recorded their existence can remind us all of who they were. Thank you to those that allowed me to use their photos.
Below are the horses that have died (or are missing) in 2018.
1. Blue Moon (Flint). 2001 son of Shaman and Sitka. While Blue Moon has not been gone the official length of time to be declared deceased, all of that witnessed his deteriorated condition this past summer, can recognize that he most likely is gone. He not only lost his band last winter/spring, but he somehow got injured. He seemed to have a back/spinal injury that appeared to be very painful. Not only the physical injury, but it was also very clear that his spirit to live had greatly compromised. He was one of those stallions that just couldn’t settle into bachelorhood again. His heart was broken at the loss of his band.
I have many, many fond memories of Blue Moon. He and his band were frequent early morning/late evening visitors to my campsite. They seemed to recognize my truck, Abbie and myself. Blue Moon was the type of horse that if he could, he would have pulled up a chair and asked for a cup of coffee, and talked to us for hours about life. And his life was full of stories, he struggled as a young bachelor to devote full attention to his band. That lead for some painful memories for him, but in the more recent years, he became a devoted caring band stallion that gave his every minute to the care of his band.
He will be deeply missed.
2. Morning Star. 1996 son of Washakie and Plenty Coups. Morning Star lost his band one final time in the fall of 2017. (After losing them and winning them back in the spring of 2017). I don’t believe he was seen after that. He was looking quite thin in the summer of 2017, so without his band and his strength, he was not able to make it. Morning Star was a strong band stallion, who kept his band together. His death lead to the separation of his band, and as current as last week, it has been reported that they are still in constant turmoil. Morning Star was a strong presence on the mountain and will be greatly missed.
3. Sacajawea. 1996 daughter of Three Bars and Calamity. Sacajeawea has not been seen since June 2018. She has always been a strong independent mare, often setting out on her own and changing bands. She was by far one of the oldest and strongest bloodlines that the Pryors had. Her beautiful primative markings and gorgous Grulla color always took my breath away.
4. Sparrow. 2018 son of Pele (Penny) and Irial. Born the week of May 14, missing May 20, 2018. No photo available.
5. Stargazer. 2018 son of Quartz, father unknown. Born week of June 3. Died June 6.
6. Shamrock. 2018 son of Pegasus, father unknown. Born the week of May 20. Discovered missing by Abbie and Sandy, June 21, 2018.
Abbie and I were both so excited to look for Shamrock and so shocked and disappointed when we discovered her missing. Shamrock was a beautiful foal and seemed strong. But Pegasus (whom I discovered and named!) was with an unexperienced new band stallion (Missoula, whom I discovered and named!).
I am uncertain about what happened to the Sparrow and Stargazer, but I am quite certain that Shamrock was taken by a mountain lion. A few days after we discovered her missing, Abbie and I came across a large blood patch and drag marks with blood. While we can’t be certain, we concluded that it was most likely that of Shamrock.
7. Santiago. Son of Labrava and Irial. A beautiful strong colt, Santiago should have survived. Abbie, I and my last guests of the season discovered this little beauty early on the morning of our last day.
We can only speculate what happened to this beautiful foal, born to a large strong and stable band. There was and is a lot of young bachelors pushing for a band of their own. Abbie and I witnessed several very dangerous pursuits involving several bands at a time. There were also several people on the mountain at the time. Did Santiago get separated and injured from a bachelor confrontation? Did he get separated from people approaching too close ( like a foal from 2017?) There were conflicting reports of what happened. Only the mountain knows for sure, either way, this colts life ended way too soon. His death haunts me.
Rest in Peace wild ones. Your spirit still runs free on the mountain.
I am a little late announcing this birth. I did post on Wild In The Pryor Facebook page, shortly after he was born, but was waiting for just the right photos to announce it here. These photos were taken this week by Brittny Budde. Thank you so much Brittny for letting me use them!
Pryor Foal # 11 for 2018 was born to Feldspar and Mescalero. Feldspar is the 2005 daughter of Rosarita and Starman. Mescalero is the 1999 son of Sitka and Shaman.
The foal is a colt and he has been named Sirius. He is named in honor of his grandfather Starman. Sirius is a star system and the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky.
Welcome little one. I hope you are able to shine on the mountain top your entire life.
Note: June 8, 2018. It is with great sadness that I have to report that little Stargazer died. Every year I try to remind myself not to get too attached. But for some reason, this little one really tugged at my heart. I hadn’t even met him yet, but still, there was a special place for him in my heart. Quintana may have been a very young mother, but I was told she cared deeply for him. Rest in peace little one.
Another two year old filly has given birth in the Pryors. Quintana (Quartz) has given birth to a colt, at this time the father is unknown. His name is going to be Stargazer, in memory of his great-grandfather Starman.
Quintana (Quartz) is the 2016 daughter of Feldspar and Mescalero. It is amazing that Mescalero is now a grandfather! Quartz is Mecalero’s only known offspring, so it is important to keep his line going, especially since he is now 19 years old.
Thank you Dennis McCollough for the use of your photos! It is very appreciated!
I am counting down the days until Abbie and I will be there to see these little ones for ourselves! I realize we would not want these births by these young filly’s to happen, but I will still be happy to see these little ones playing in the wildflowers! Especially after all of last years pain and loss of the foals.
The 7th 2018 foal has been discovered! This foal was born to two year old, Quillan. Quillan is the 2016 daughter of Ireland and Galaxy. The father of this foal is unknown. She has been named Silver Bow.
Thank you Dennis McCollough for the use of your photos! Abbie and I will be on the mountain very soon! I can’t wait to see this little one in person!
Two more foals have been born on the mountain. Both were born to three year old filly’s. How did that happen? They were supposed to be vaccinated to prevent this. Let’s take a look at how that may have happened.
In 2016, an east coast group (Friends of Animals) filed a lawsuit against the BLM. This lawsuit caused the delay of the 2017 PZP vaccines until later in the spring. I believe this is what caused both of these 3 year olds to give birth. As a three year old, they need to have two injections, spaced a few weeks apart. Penny was given her first booster on 4-17-17, her second was given on 5-4-17 (she was already pregnant by then). Pegasus was given her first booster on 3-29-17, her second on 4-14-17. While she was not pregnant yet, there may not have been enough time for it to become effective. After the first year, the mares only need one injection each year. This should be noted on their records, and not be held against them when deciding who and if they should be removed.
The fifth 2018 foal has been born to Penny (Pele) and Irial. Penny is the 2015 daughter of Fools Gold and Coronado. The foal, a colt, was born the week of May 13. The name Sparrow was chosen for him. I will post photos as soon as I can get some recent ones. At the time of this post, I had been informed that he was missing and presumed dead. Rest in peace little one.
Penny/Pele nursing from her mother, Fools Gold, July 2017
The sixth 2018 foal has been born to Pegasus. She was born this week. Pegasus is the 2015 daughter of Ireland and Galaxy.
UPDATE: When Abbie and I got a glimpse of Missoula and his band just down the road, we were very excited! I couldn’t wait to see Shamrock. Unfortunately, it was not to happen. Sometime between Sunday June 17 and the day we saw them (Tuesday June 19), Shamrock disappear. Another heartbreaking discovery. Rest in Peace little one.
Pegasus holds a special place in my heart. I was one of the first to see her, shortly after her birth, and I was able to pick her name.
Pegasus has had a rough winter/spring, somehow being separated from her family band with her sister Limerick. At the time of her foals birth, Pegasus was with the young stallion Missoula. (another that I was lucky enough to name!) An unexperienced filly with her first foal, along with an unexperienced stallion, is not an ideal situation, I am hoping for the best for this young mother and her filly.
Time will tell who the likely sire is to this foal (color will give us a better idea). As of now, I will say sire unknown. My first reaction was that no other horse could get close enough to Galaxy’s band to breed her (meaning the foal would be Galaxy’s). But Galaxy had his hands full last year, and I do believe that a determined bachelor could have zoomed in and bred her while Galaxy fought with another. But for now, I only hope that both mom and foal will be okay.
Thank you to Dennis McCollough for the use of his photos!