A Tribute To The Horses That Have passed in 2018

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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.

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Blue Moon, 2012

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.

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Blue Moon and his brother Custer, 2015
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Morning Star 2012

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.

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Morning Star, summer of 2017
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Kemmerer (2010 Sacajawea X Blizzard), and Sacajewea, spring 2012.

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.

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Kemmerer, Sacajewa and Seattle. Spring 2012.

4.  Sparrow.  2018 son of Pele (Penny) and Irial.  Born the week of May 14, missing May 20, 2018.  No photo available.

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Stargazer and Quartz. Photo by Dennis McCollough

5.  Stargazer.  2018 son of Quartz, father unknown.  Born week of June 3.  Died June 6.

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Stargazer. Photo by Dennis McCollough
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Shamrock. Photo by Dennis McCollugh

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.

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Shamrock and Pegasus.
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Labrava and Santiago, July 15, 2018

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.

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Rest in Peace wild ones.  Your spirit still runs free on the mountain.

Sandy

 

2018 Pryor Foal # 10 Deceased.

IMG_8895In all the years I have been going to the Pryors, I have grown to believe that the mountain gives you gifts according to what your energy or attitude is while you are walking on the horses’ ground.  You just need to be aware of what and when they happen and be thankful for the gift.  This morning was one of those times, and I will hold it in my heart.

On July 9, 2013, my guest Jeanne (who has become a very dear friend) and her two young grandchildren, along with my daughter Amber, witnessed a birth of a foal to a young two-year old filly named Labrava.  I won’t go into the details here, but if you would like to read that post you can click on NACER.

Today, just a few days long of the July 2013 birth,  Labrava gave birth again.  And myself and Abbie were the first to witness this miracle.

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We had 3 wonderful photographer guests that wanted to get first light in the morning.  I actually love the early morning, and was eager take them out and find horses.  After a few minutes of shooting Tecumseh/ Gringo band and Doc’s band, we decided to move down the road a bit.  I parked the car and just took in the beautiful landscape while I sipped my first cup of coffee for the day.  After spending several weeks on the mountain, I have often just enjoyed leaving my camera down and taking in the horses and landscape with my eyes.  As I did this, I noticed Irial’s band to my left.  I counted the horses, including Irial.  Irial has the biggest band on the mountain at 11.  He was one short.  Abbie and I had been watching Labrava closely, and we thought she was very near to foaling.  We saw them the night before and she was walking as if she was uncomfortable.  In a perfect world, we hoped that she would foal that night, but we weren’t sure, because sometimes they can actually go on for days looking that way.

I looked through my binoculars past the other members of Irial’s band.  Just below the hill, I could see LaBrava.  I immediately thought she looked thinner.  Could she have had her foal??  I turned to Abbie and said.  Let’s go take a look.  We took a very wide berth around her (more than 200 feet or more), we walked slowly over.  There on the ground was a tiny dark foal!  LaBrava was comfortable sharing her new life as we watched.  As soon as he stood, it was obvious he was a colt that was going to look just like his father!

Thank you LaBrava for showing us this gift!

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The 10th Pryor Foal was born to LaBrava and Irial.  LaBrava is the 2011 daughter of Blue Sioux and Coronado.  Irial is the 2008 son of Ireland and Prince.  I’ll let you know when a name has been chosen!

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LaBrava with her new colt and her daughter Pilar (Pixie)

2018 Pryor Foal # 9

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Sunset on the Mountain, June 2018

Pryor Foal # 9 was born in the Dryhead while I was on the mountain top.  LaNina has given birth to a colt.  His name is Stillwater.  I do not have any photos to post, but when I do I will post.

LaNina is the 2013 daughter of Bakken.  The sire of this foal could be two horses.  Hidalgo or Hidatsa.

Out of the 9 foals born, there are currently 6 surviving.

 

 

2018, Name Game, The “S” Year

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Penny (Pele), daughter of Fools Gold and Coronando. June 2015

This will be the 6th year that I have made this post. This is a “fun” only post where any of you can suggest names for the 2018 foals born in the Pryors.  Of course, like on all the previous years, I can not guarantee that they will be used, but it will be fun to list them, and I do know that whenever a foal is born, I come to this post to look at all of the suggestions.  And if you can, please include the meaning for the name, it would be very helpful to know that.

In 2000, the BLM started using a letter for each year of foals, starting with A.  This year is the S year.  So please feel free to list your ideas in the comment section of this post.  To read more about this system and why we use names, please refer to my Name Game post that I did last in 2013.  Click on Name Game to go there. Or you can go to the Center’s latest post and read more about it as well.  Click on Center to go there.

I am looking forward to reading all of your suggestions.  If someone else has already posted your name idea, please list it again anyway.  It will be fun to see what the most popular name suggestions are!

If you haven’t already read my post about “who will foal in 2018”, click on FOALS 2018.  That way you can get an idea on who may foal.  Thank you!

Sandy

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Petra, daughter of Galena and Doc. June 2015

Who Will Have Foals in 2018?

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Moenkopi with Cappucinno and a young Patterson, July 2015

Mares within the Pryor Wild Horse Herd, are given PZP (birth control) every year. Each year there is a group of mares that are in the “window” of possibly being able to foal, meaning that they have not been given PZP.  And every year, there will be some surprises from some, despite being vaccinated, and even though the below horses have not been vaccinated, it is not a guarantee that they will foal. Some have never conceived.

Because some of the horses were vaccinated later than normal last spring/summer, it is possible that they may have already been pregnant, (before given their vaccination), but will not be “officially” listed here.

I will start the list with the possible horses in the Dryhead.  There are only two mares that fall into that window this year, and one has already had her foal!

  1.  Jewel, 2009 daughter of Waif and Corona, currently in Fools Crow band.jewel

2.  Morgana, 2012 daughter of Icara and Merlin.  She was discovered by Bill Picket, NPS with a new foal last week.  The foal is supposedly a colt and it has been named Sorcerer.

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Morgana and her new foal. Photo by Bill Picket, NPS.

Mountain Top Horses

  1. Jasmine, 2009 daughter of Aztec and Cloud.  Jamine gave birth to a healthy colt named Ryden in October of 2017.  If she conceived right away, she may have a foal in September of 2018.  Jasmine is currently in Doc’s band.
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Jasmine and Ryden, October 2017. Photo by Pryor Wild

2.  Juniper, 2009 daughter of Sapo and Bolder.  Another late foal (Ruby) was born to Junipter the first part of November, 2017.  Again if she did conceive right away, she won’t have her foal until October, 2018.  I’m hoping she skips this year and gets back on track with a foal earlier in the season in 2019.  Juniper is currently in Horizon’s band.

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Juniper and Ruby, November 2017. Photo by Jack Sterling
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Juniper, summer of 2016

3.  Kohl, 2010 daughter of Quelle Colour and Lakota.  Kohl is currently in Garay’s band.

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Kohl, 2016
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Kohl, 2014

4. Ketchikan, 2010 daughter of Gold Rush and Two Boots, currently in Jasper’s band.

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Ketchikan, July 2017

5.  Limerick, 2011 daughter of Ireland and Prince.  She is currently in Galaxy’s band.

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Limerick, summer of 2016

5.  Labrava, 2011 daughter of Blue Souix and Coronado.  She is currently in Irial’s band.

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Labrava with her look alike daughter Pilar, June 2016.

6.  Lariat, 2011 daughter of Madonna and Duke.  Lariat is currently in Jasper’s band.

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Lariat with most of her band. From left to right: Oklahoma ( Lariat’s 2014 colt), Jasper, Okiotak and Lariat

7.  Maia, 2012 daughter of Hera and Prince.  Maia is currently with Hamlet.

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Hamlet, Maia and Sapo, July 2017

8.  Manuelita, 2012 daughter of Dove and Coronado.  Manuelita is currently in Irials band.

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Manuelita (middle) with Dove on the left.

9.  Moenkopi, 2012 daughter of Galena and Jackson.  She is currently in Cappuccino’s band.  I hope this is the year that she gives birth to a foal that lives.

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Moenkopi nuzzling a young Patterson. June 2015.

I am looking forward to seeing some new foals this summer.  I am sure there will be some surprises!

Sandy

 

 

 

A Tribute To The Horses That have Passed in 2017

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Blanca, June 2012

Another year is about to come to an end.  It seems that the days passed very quickly this year, as I feel as if I just posted my tribute to the horses that passed in 2016.  But another year has gone by, and this year was an equally hard year in terms of horses lost.

Sometimes the pain of the loss, is more than I can bear, and some days I feel as if I no longer want to go to the mountain.  I just want to lessen the pain of the loss of so many familiar faces.  But I will continue to go, the strong pull of the mountain is too great to walk away from, it calls me from within.

This year we have lost 12 horses, and there are some missing.  I am going to be including the recently missing ones in this post as well.  One foal was removed, and I will be including him too.  That will bring the total to 14 horses and 3 foals for a total of 17 horses possibly gone off the range.   This year there were 8 foals born, three died and one was removed leaving a total of four 2017 foals still on the range.   The year of 2017 (so far) has left a negative growth of -13.

I felt in order to properly honor each horse that is no longer with us, I would go back over the years and find photos of the horses that I personally took.  There are a few from others here, but for the most part, each photo was taken by me.  It took me several days to go through the 1000’s of photos I have of the horses to find just the right ones.  In many ways, it became a healing exercise for me.  Seeing these horses in the land they loved.  Each one did live a good life, wild and free.  Some just left this earth way too early.

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Below are the horses we lost and those that are missing.  Listed in alphabetical order.

1.  Audobon, born in 2000, she is the daughter of Feather. This quiet mare was with Morning Star for many years, and then in 2014, she and her daughter Niyaha joined up with the handsome stallion Hamlet.

Hamlet and Audbon produced two foals, Penn (Paris) and Quicksilver.  Unfortunately, Quicksilver did not survive within a month after birth.   Something happened last winter/spring and Audobon was separated from Hamlet.  Paris ended up in the Dryhead with the stallion Jesse James.  Audobon has not been seen since early spring 2017.

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2. Belle Starr, born in 1993, daughter of The Old Mare and Hercules.  Belle Starr was last seen early 2017.   I usually saw her up Sykes in the early spring.

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3.  Baja, Reappeared!!  Finally showed himself after missing since last fall on May 31, 2018!! Born in 1996, son of Tonapah and Looking Glass.  Baja was last seen earlier this fall.  London was seen with Bacardi and Quahneah in September.  With Washakie’s health declining, the fate of their foal Renegade was in jeopardy.  It is assumed that Washakie died and Baja and Renegade remained with her.  Somehow Renegade found his way to his sister’s who were with London.  Renegade was removed (see his post listed below).

Baja and Washakie were together for 14 years, I have a very strong feeling that Baja just simply gave up after Washakie died.  He may reappear, and I hope he does.

To me, Baja was one of the most beautiful stallions, not only in looks, but by the way he cared for his band.  He leaves behind just one offspring with Washakie, Quahneah.  My hope is she will remain on the range to carry on his beautiful legacy.

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4.  Blanca, born in 1998, daughter of Phoenix and Raven, full sister to Cloud.  She was found dead on September of this year, lying peacefully in one of the upper meadows.

This one is a hard one for me.  Blanca was not only the matriarch of her band, but also the type of mare that I think we all thought of as a perfect example of how a lead mare should be.  Blanca was always there to help the young ones in her band, and also her band stallion Cappuccino.  She stood by Moenkopi during Obsidian’s death in 2014,  (OBSIDIAN).  This past summer, Cappuccino was wounded and lame and while he healed, Blanca held the band together and watch diligently over her stallion.  I could tell story after story of the touching things this mare as done.

She had been with Cappuccino since early 2011.   She produced her last foal, Kalispell, with Lakota, unfortunately, Kalispell died  in the winter of 2010-11.

The thing I will remember about her the most is,  Blanca could absorb the evening light with her golden coat, like I have rarely seen another horse do.  She was a glowing star, and I will deeply miss her presence on the mountain.

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5.  Cascade, born in 1997, daughter of Aspen and Lone Wolf.  She spent her life in the Dryhead.  She had a special place in Laura Curtis’s heart and below are some of the photos that Laura took of her.  Cascade has been missing since early 2017.

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6.  Corona, Missing, born in 1997, son of Sorita and Sam. Last seen sometime earlier 2017.  I have had only a few memories of this beautiful stallion.  The two most memorable ones were when I discovered Norte had been born.  Traveling down Sykes, they were directly off the road in a very steep section of the road.  The other was when they traveled up to the top of the mountain in July 2013.

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7.  Custer, born in 1996, son of Sitka and Shaman.   With his long-time mare Winemucca’s death in the fall of 2016, Custer, Fiasco and Prospera stayed together.  In January, 2017, Galaxy was seen with Fiasco and Prospera.  Custer has not been seen.

I have thousands of photos of Custer.  He seemed to always be around and his beautiful patterned coat was a treat to photograph.   His kind and caring personality made it easy for me to spend hours with him.  His presence will be greatly missed.

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8.  Fiesta, born in 2005, son of Phoenix and Teton.  Last seen, September 2016.  Fiesta, a horse that is larger than life.  I don’t think I can find the words to describe this horse.  He gave me so many gifts each and every time I saw him.  The gift of unconditional love, the gift of laughter, the gift of tears, the gift of accepting myself for what I am and being happy with it.  He was a true teacher to those of us that paid attention to what he had to say.

The one of the most memorable times I had with Fiesta was when I was camping with my daughter Amber.  We were sleeping in the truck and woke the next morning with the sound of horses right outside the truck.  I slowly sat up only to see Fiesta looking directly at me through the window!  I wish I could have captured the look on his face!  Here is that post if you want to relive that moment with me: FIESTA

Fiesta, you are so missed.  I just could not get used to not seeing you with your family, and I don’t think I ever will.  You were the one who would rush out and protect them from any danger.  You loved your family, starting with your good friend Horizon.  Looking back over your photos, I saw how much you cared for him when you both were just young carefree bachelors. You would risk your life to protect them at any cost, and ultimately I do believe you died protecting them.

Rest in Peace big, beautiful, silly boy, you will always be a part of my heart.

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9.  Inali, born in 2008, son of Iverness and Eclipse.  Inali was orginally from the Forest Service part of the range.  When both of his parents died, he was taken in by Cabaret.  In the summer of 2010, Cabaret kicked him out of the band, forcing him to become a bachelor.  That ultimately saved his life, as Cabaret and the rest of his band died up at the top of the mountain the winter of 2010-11.  (That was the year that the fence was re-built).  CABARET

Although he survived that, he ended up not being able to beat the next odds, he was last seen in the fall of 2016.  He was still a bachelor at the time of his death, but he always found time to mentor the younger bachelors.  He would often be seen with Orlando and Naolin.

You are missed Inali.

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10.  Isadora, born in 2008, daughter of Starman and Rosarita.  Isadora died giving birth to her foal this fall.  FOAL#7  The foal did not survive.

The first time I saw Isadora was when she was still in her family band.  It was the 3 of them (Starman, Rosarita and Isadora) walking down the dirt road in the Forest Service part of the range.  I remember being so impressed with her amazing marking she had on her face.

Isadora gave birth to a little filly named Lemhi the following spring.  Starman had lost his band to Mescalero.  Sadly, little Lemhi did not survive the winter of 2011-12.

Isadora was with Morning Stars band at the time of her death.

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11Medicine Bow, born in 1999, son of Twiggy and Cortez, he has not been seen since fall of 2016.

I had the privilege of seeing Medicine Bow several times.  He spent his time on the Dryhead and Middle/Lower Sykes.  His unique color was what caught my eye.  He was a red dun sabino.

I think Matt Dillion told his story best.  You can read his post here:  MEDICINE BOW.

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12.  Raeleah J, born in 2017 to Icara and Johnston.  Died about a month after birth.  You can read her post here. RAELEAH.  These photos were taken by Dennis McCollough.

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13Renegade, born in 2017 to Washakie and Baja.  Renegade was removed after discovering him without Washakie.  Washakie is presumed to be deceased.

Renegade was removed by the BLM and Nancy and Steve Cerroni adopted him.  You can read more about those details in Nancy’s post:  RENEGADE

The photos of Renegade after he was removed are taken by Nancy Cerroni.

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14Ryden (Rainbow), born June 28, 2017, daughter of unknown parents.  You can read about her here:  RYDEN  Ryden (Rainbow) died a day after her birth.

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15. Santa Fe, born in 1995, son of Twilla and Two Boots.  Santa Fe’s remains were found in March 2017.

Santa Fe, where to I begin.  He only wanted someone to love, always trying to gain a mare.   His one remaining offspring on the range is Mandan (Santa Fe x Demure), but he was not able to raise his son.  Doc stole the band before Mandan was born.  After that Santa Fe worked hard to gain another mare, and he did.  Judith a beautiful filly, but he would not be able to hold on to her either.  Judith was removed in 2012.  I was there when they removed her.  I can still hear Santa Fe’s heartbreaking cries as they loaded her unto the trailer and took her down the mountain.  My heart broke for him that day.

He was unable to acquire another mare, but spent the last several years trying.  He dogged Coronado’s band for what seemed like forever.  It was late June of 2014 where I saw a small crack in Coronado’s vigilance to keep Santa Fe away.  He seemed to be warming to the idea of Santa Fe acquiring Manulita, and she was very interested.  But, it would not happen.  About a week later a helicopter fly over the range, causing a chaotic stampede of horses.  It was during that time that Coronado lost his band to Irial, and Santa Fe’s chances were once again ruined.

He would still continue to try, but his age was catching up to him.  He spent most of his time with old and new bachelors, Coronado being one of them.  They had fought violently, but had somehow put that all behind them.

Santa Fe and his determination will always remain with me.

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16.  Seattle, born in 1997, son of Tacoma and Three Bars.  Missing.  I can’t remember when the last time I heard of someone seeing Seattle.  My best encounter with him was on the mountain top in July 2013.  I had seen him several times in the Dryhead, but most were from a distance. Yes, Seattle is a Dryhead horse, but the summer 2013 he ventured up on the mountain for a day.  I was happy I was able to capture it with photos.

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17.  Washakie, born in 1994, daughter of Sitka and Shaman.  She was an amazing mare. Nancy tells it best with this post WASHAKIE.

Washakie was a mommy machine.  She had a foal every year since she was 2.  Despite being vacinated with PZP, she continued to produce and was labeled a “non-responder”.  But despite her many foals, she and her stallion of 14 years (Baja) now have only one offspring on the range.  Quahneah.  She must stay and carry on this perfect couples legacy.

My encounters with Washakie were many.  The line I always heard from my guests and friends were: “she is HUGE”, she must be ready to foal any day.  But this dear soul would keep us all waiting until SHE wanted the new little arrival to be born.  Abbie and I blessed to see two of her foals shortly after their birth.  Quahneah and Renegade.

Washakie and Baja had a love that few animals or humans have had.  A constant love and devotion to each other and their family.

Rest in Peace dear Washakie, you will be so very missed.

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Rest in Peace dear ones,  run with the wind, I still feel your spirits on the mountain, and I am sure I always will.

Sandy

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Lakota’s Gift 2017

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Lakota, July, 2011

This year will be the 4th year of “Lakota’s Gift”.  For the past 4 seasons, I have awarded a four day camping  trip to an inspiring Pryor Mountain Wild Horse follower in honor of my favorite horse, Lakota.  This person needs to be passionate about this special herd of horses and have some basic knowledge about them.

To be considered for this award, please submit an essay telling  why you should be awarded this gift.  Please include some information about yourself,  what you know about the horses and what you hope to give back to the horses by being selected for this award.  All essays must be submitted by February 1, 2017.

All trips start and end in Cody, Wyoming.

Past recipients of this award have been: Jonathan Stander, Brianna Harvey, Abbie Branchflower and Lexi.

You can submit your essay to this email: wildinthepryors@aol.com

Sandy

Below is a slideshow of some of the many photos that I have taken of Lakota.  Please give it sometime to upload before trying to view.

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A Tribute To The Horses That Have Passed, Or Are Missing in 2015

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Chino, July 31, 2012

Every year we loss a few horses, none are ever easy, or pass unnoticed, but some are harder to accept.  Each of us have our favorites, whether we want to admit it or not.  This year is no exception to that, but to me, it is an especially hard year.  The mountain just will not be the same without these horses.  And so, with this post, I tell you about what I know of them and dedicate in their honor.

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Tonapah, August 2011,

1. Tonapah, born in 1986, she was the oldest living horse on the mountain for many years.  Her sires are unknown, but she had many offspring, Lakota, Warbonnet, Baja and Brumby are just a few.  Part of her will live on through these horses.

Tonapah was with the band stallion Duke for many years, until she decided to leave him and join Horizon/Fiesta band in the summer of 2013.  A part of me wondered if she left him because she was trying conceive (she was on PZP).  She clearly sought out much younger stallions to be with.  In the end, she may have conceived, as many of us think the dead foal that Liz found this summer may have been hers…

Whether that is true or not, this wise old mare was a great asset to the Horizon/Fiesta band.  Taking this unorganized and unsettled band under her care, she turned them around to become a stable and strong force on the mountain.

Tonapah never showed us her beauty on the mountain top this summer.

I loved to tell guests, that she was the oldest mare on the mountain, she was a beautiful and strong mare for all those years, she never looked her age.  The saying is true for her “you are as old as you feel” and I think Tonapah passed to the other side feeling beautiful and young.  I will deeply miss her.

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Dukes Band, Tonapah in the middle, August 2012

2. Topper Too, born in 1995 to the mare Topper (who died in the winter of 2014) and the stallion Beauty.  She has only one known offspring on the mountain, Fiasco (who is also the daughter of Chino).

Topper Too and her mother Topper were long time mares of the stallion Chino.  I smiled a million smiles watching mother and daughter with Chino.  They were two of the most unsocial horses on the mountain while together with Chino, and made it clear many times that they would rather not be around humans.   Chino lost them in 2013,  Topper went to Corona’s band and Topper Too went with Baja.   I did not think they would stay separated long, but they continued to live out their lives apart from one another.

Topper Too died from a lightning strike, while in Mescarlo’s band, on May 31, 2015.

Chino and Topper Too, April 29, 2013
Chino and Topper Too, April 29, 2013
The famous Toppers
The famous Toppers “over the shoulder” look.
Topper Too leaving.
Topper Too leaving.
Chino and Topper, May 19, 2012
Chino and Topper, May 19, 2012
Topper 1 and Topper too, September 1, 2012
Topper 1 and Topper too, September 1, 2012  A typical greeting from these two!
Topper 1 and Topper 2
Topper 1 and Topper 2
Topper Too and Topper, August 31, 2012
Topper Too and Topper, August 31, 2012
The Toppers, July 31, 2012
The Toppers, July 31, 2012
Topper Too, July 31, 2012
Topper Too, July 31, 2012
Chino, Topper and Topper 2, June 17, 2012
Chino, Topper and Topper 2, June 17, 2012
Chino's band, July 31, 2012
Chino’s band, July 31, 2012
Chino, Topper One and Topper Too.
Chino, Topper One and Topper Too.
Chino and Topper and Topper Too. May 2012.
Chino and Topper and Topper Too. May 2012.

3.  Chino, born in 1993, to the mare Hightail and the stallion Hercules.  It is with much sadness and tears that I type about Chino.  He was last seen on July 4, 2015 after saving the life of a young foal (you can read my post about that, by clicking on CHINO.)  As you can see from the photos above and below, I saw this stallion constantly.  He was always one of those horses that showed himself to me.  I pray that he may still show up, but in my heart, I feel he is gone.  But what an amazing life he led!  There are many stories I could tell about Chino, but none as great as on the last day I saw him.

He is the only stallion on the mountain that has lived in all areas of the horse range: Dryhead, Burnt Timber, Sykes, he knew this mountain better than any horse has or will.  He was a patient stallion, putting up with his unsocial mares ( Topper and Topper Too).  He seemed to give them up without much fight and go into his second bachelor hood with ease.  He excepted it, but never lost his drive.  I watched him in April 2014 dog Cloud and his band for an entire day.

Chino has been one of those horses that I never really realized was a clear favorite, but my camera knew, I have hundreds of photos of him.  My heart aches to think of the mountain without him.

Galaxy, Gringo and Chino, September, 2011
Galaxy, Gringo and Chino, September, 2011
Jasper, Gringo, Horizon and Galaxy challenge Chino, September, 2011
Jasper, Gringo, Horizon and Galaxy challenge Chino, September, 2011
Chino, September 2012
Chino, September 2012
Chino, May 2012
Chino, May 2012
Chino, April 2014
Chino, April 2014
Chino, April 2014
Chino, April 2014
Chino fighting London, July 4, 2015
Chino fighting London, July 4, 2015
Chino, May 19, 2012
Chino, May 19, 2012

4. Hightail, born in 1990 to the mare Calamity, Hightail has been a fixture on at the entrance of the Dryhead for years.  She is one of the “Greeters”.  She was last seen in August of this year, so there is still hope that she may show herself, but in the many years that I have seen her, I have never seen her away from her close companion, Seneca.

Hightail was the very first wild horse I ever saw.  She very quietly and purposely walked slowly in front of my truck at sundown on July evening.  I will never forget that moment.  She then continued to lead me to the rest of her band, that included Admiral.

I find it sadly ironic that she and her son Chino disappeared within a month or so from each other.  Perhaps this mother and son are together in another place, healthy and running with the others that have passed before them.

Hightail, April 16, 2012
Hightail, April 16, 2012
Hightail, June, 2015
Hightail, June, 2015
The Greeters, April 2012
The Greeters, April 2012
Hightail and Seneca, April, 2012
Hightail and Seneca, April, 2012

5.  Issaquah, born in 2008 to Bakken and Seattle, he has been missing for over a year.  I saw him alone several times part way up Sykes Ridge Road, so maybe he will show himself.  That is a very vast area that few people travel, he may still be there.

In his early bachelor years, Issaquah was always with the stallion Hawk.  In fact, I called them HawkandIssaquah, because they were so inseparable.

Issaquah died way before his time, unlike the horses above, he had not lived a long enough life.

Hawk and Issaquah, April, 2012
Hawk and Issaquah, April, 2012
Hawk and Issaquah, April 2012
Hawk and Issaquah, April 2012
Issaquah, April, 2013
Issaquah, April, 2013
Issaquah, April 28, 2013
Issaquah, April 28, 2013

As of today, these are the horses that have passed or are missing.  My wish is that this year will draw to a close without another one added to this list.

Rest in Peace, you lived wild and you died wild, just as it should be.

Sandy

Summer 2015, Part One

First camping trip of the year, June 20-24, 2015
First camping trip of the year, June 20-24, 2015

I apologize for not getting a post out sooner.  But, I have to admit, I was having a difficult time looking at my photos after the removal.   After spending the entire summer with these horses and then being there for the removal of the mountain top horses, I had a lot of emotions that weren’t ready to surface.

All of the horses removed, I had seen as little foals, watched some of them leave their family bands and become bachelors, and watched others get to know their home on the mountain.  I knew I had hundreds of photos of the horses that were removed, and I just was not ready to see them.

It was this week, that I realized I was ready, and actually looking forward to reviewing the thousands of photos from the summer.  I have been very blessed to have been able to spend so much time on the mountain with these horses.

This first post is only of my very first trip up there.  After several months away from the horses, I find that my first trip, I take a lot of photos, then with each following trip, I begin to take less shots, and put down my camera to watch the horses and my guests through my own eyes.

June sunset.
June sunset.

June is one of my favorite months on the mountain top.  The mountain is just awaking after a long winter, and the horses are much more active with each other.  The mountain top brings them all in closer proximity to each other then what they are in the winter months, so there is more action between the stallions on a regular basis.  If you don’t mind the cool nights and want a lot of action shots, this is the month for you.

I’m not sure how much longer I will be be doing guided tours, so I cherish each moment I had there with my guests and the horses. I will be doing two guided camping trips in June this year.  They are starting to book, so if you are interested, contact me soon.  Go to 2016 Camping, to find out more information, with available dates for June, July and August.

So, below are some of the photos I took during this first trip.

Bolder's band visited our camp on a regular basis, with Killian and Lobo denting my truck during a sparing match.
Bolder’s band visited our camp on a regular basis, with Killian and Lobo denting my truck during a sparing match.
Bachelor Boys near our camp
Bachelor Boys near our camp
Nahwa and McKeanhie
Nahwa and McKeanhie

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Bachelors
Bachelors
Hamlets
Hamlets
A very pregnant Jacinta
A very pregnant Jacinta

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Petite Colour
Petite Colour
Kohl and Petite Colour
Kohl and Petite Colour
Garay
Garay
Merriweather
Merriweather
One of the many views from the mountain top
One of the many views from the mountain top
Tecumseh and band
Tecumseh and band
Grijala and band
Grijala and band
Little Miss Noble
Little Miss Noble
Cappucinno's run to the Mystic Pond
Cappucinno’s run to the Mystic Pond
The Cappucinno's
The Cappucinno’s
Cappucinno's
Cappucinno’s
Custers
Custers
Nye, Firestorm, Brumby and Okomi
Nye, Firestorm, Brumby and Okomi
Brumby
Brumby
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Nye
Nye

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Irial
Irial
Oceana
Oceana
Galena and Petra
Galena and Petra
Nye
Nye
Aurora
Aurora
Baja's
Baja’s
Baja's
Baja’s
Ojai
Ojai
Washakie
Washakie
Ojai
Ojai

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Baja's
Baja’s
Odakota
Odakota

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Noble and Naolin
Noble and Naolin
Pococeno and Galaxy
Pococeno and Galaxy
Limerick
Limerick
Penny
Penny
Manelita with Dove in the background
Manelita with Dove in the background
Naolin and Odakata
Naolin and Odakata
Naolin and Odakota
Naolin and Odakota
Baja and London
Baja and London
London
London
Naolin and Nickel
Naolin and Nickel
Nickel and Naolin
Nickel and Naolin
Petra
Petra

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Doc and London
Doc and London
London and Doc
London and Doc
Petra and Galena
Petra and Galena
Cloud
Cloud
Cloud
Cloud
Boys with Mandan and Moorcroft in front
Boys with Mandan and Moorcroft in front
Mandan and Moorecroft
Mandan and Moorecroft
Galaxy
Galaxy
Irial
Irial

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Pride and Feldspar
Pride and Feldspar

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Jasper
Jasper
Ketchikan and Okiotak
Ketchikan and Okiotak
Medicine Bow, Pride and Rosarita
Medicine Bow, Pride and Rosarita

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Mescalero
Mescalero
Mescalero
Mescalero

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Hera
Hera
Kreguer Pond
Kreguer Pond
Grijala and Noble
Grijala and Noble
Chino
Chino
Hamlet and Niyaha
Hamlet and Niyaha
Hamlet
Hamlet
Niyaha and Hamlet
Niyaha and Hamlet
Niyaha and Audobon
Niyaha and Audobon
Gabriele and Patterson
Gabriele and Patterson
Cappuccino's
Cappuccino’s
Naara
Naara
Patterson and Blanca
Patterson and Blanca
View from Campsite
View from Campsite
Gringo and Tecumseh bands
Gringo and Tecumseh bands
Bolder
Bolder
Lobo
Lobo

I’ll be publishing “Part Two of Summer 2015” soon!

Sandy

Wild In the Pryors 2016 Calendars

Patriot
Patriot

Wild in the Pryors 2016 Calendars are ready to purchase!  They are printed on premium glossy card stock.  The price is 23.00 each, including shipping within the United States.  For out of country orders, please contact me for additional shipping price.

You can order by emailing Sandy at: wildinthepryors@aol.com or by calling or texting your order to: 406-360-8959.  Payment can be made by PayPal or check.

Below are the photos for the months of this calendar.

Mescalero's band
Mescalero’s band
Oklahoma and Okiotak
Oklahoma and Okiotak
Nye
Nye
Patriot and Petite Colour watching Nimbus
Patriot and Petite Colour watching Nimbus
Penny
Penny
Pegasus
Pegasus
Chino
Chino
Juniper
Juniper
Jacinta and Patriot
Jacinta and Patriot
Hamlet
Hamlet
Cloud and London
Cloud and London
Sunset from the campsite
Sunset from the campsite

Thank you!

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell.  Wild in the Pryors and this logo is copyrighted.
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell. Wild in the Pryors and this logo is copyrighted.