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

Chino, July 31, 2012
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.

Tonapah, August 2011,
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.

Dukes Band
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.

Socializing On The Snow/ June 28, 2015

Oceana and Pride
Oceana and Pride

My group and I spent a couple of hours watching the horses on the snow above Mystic Pond a few days ago.  One of my favorite shows, was with little Pride.  He decided that it was time to go out and meet the neighbors, and first stop was with little Miss Oceana.  She wasn’t sure about his bold advances, but did give in and spend a few quiet moments with him.

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Next up for the meet and greet was with the band stallion Tecumseh.  It was a really touching moment to watch the giant stallion (in comparison to Pride) that has had to fight his way back to becoming a band stallion, show his very soft side, and spend some tender moments with the little guy.  It seems that every year that passes, I admire this stallion, and this day I found myself feeling especially impressed by his kind ways.

Pride walks toward Tecumseh
Pride walks toward Tecumseh

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Tecumseh and Pride
Tecumseh and Pride

The next neighbor on the snow to get a greeting from Pride was with Blue Moon’s band.  First the yearling filly Olivia, and then the 3 year old Miocene.  And once again, I was impressed with how tender and kind the older horses were with this little one.

Pride and Nirvana
Pride and Miocene
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Olivia and Pride

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Nirvana and Pride
Miocene and Pride

Each and every day that I spend with these horses, I feel is a gift, and I have been cherishing every moment with them.   For some, it will be their last summer on the mountain, for others, life has just begun here.  And so, I have been especially motivated to stop, put my camera down and just inhale each little interaction and movement these beautiful horses show to me.

I still have an opening (due to a last minute cancelation), in my last August Camping Trip, if anyone is interested, please give me a call or text me at: 406-360-8959.

Remember, if you want to see the image bigger, just click on the photo.

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.

First Pryor Foal of 2015

Phantom.  Photo by Jack Sterling
Phantom. Photo by Jack Sterling

The first known foal born in the Pryors this year is Phantom.  Parents are Icara and Fools Crow.  It looks like it may be a filly.

Thank you Jack for the photo!

 

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.

August in The Pryors. Part One.

Galaxy, August 18, 2013
Galaxy, August 18, 2013

I just returned from 9 full days in the Pryors.  I spent time on top of the mountain and in the Dryhead.  I thought I would make one, maybe two posts, but after going through my photos and realizing that I was way over 200 photos and still had a few days left, I decided to break up the posts in several parts.

Maia
Maia

We arrived on the mountain top the afternoon of August 18.  Not a horse was in sight on the top.  Not too unusual, but that pattern would continue for the entire time we were there.

We were just done setting up camp, when I noticed some horses in the trees nearby.  It was Galaxy and Teton’s band.

Both bands were the same and all looked really good.  They moved on after about an hour.

Limerick
Limerick
Hera and Galaxy
Hera and Galaxy
Ireland
Ireland
Galaxy
Galaxy

 

Half Moon
Half Moon
Missoula
Missoula
Teton
Teton
Maia
Maia
Maia
Maia
Limerick
Limerick
Hera
Hera  

We then decided to head down to Kreuger Pond.  The only water source on top that still had water (besides the guzzler way up on top).  I really dislike hanging out by the water source and waiting for horses to appear.   But we would find that for this trip, it was some of the only times we would be able to see the horses.

The sun was about to set.  There were several bands hanging down by the fence.  I spent my time looking through my binoculars instead of taking photos.

We saw Baja, one of the bands that I expected to see a new foal with.  But poor Washakie was still pregnant.  I have a theory on why I think she is so late this year.  Meadowlark was born late July 2012.  When Washakie went into her foal heat, the gather was still happening, or had just finished.  I feel the stress from that kept her from conceiving then.  Putting her to conceive a month (or more) later than she should have.  I really hope she foals soon.  With every passing the day, the likelyhood of a foal going into winter so young is not good.  The survival rate decreases.  Because they lost Meadowlark last winter and also several from the removal, I would really like to see a healthy foal that lives this year.

The one band that we did spend some time with, just before it got dark, was Custers.   I could not believe how much Nodin had grown in just a few short weeks.

Nodin
Nodin
Winnemucca
Winnemucca
Nodin
Nodin

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The next day would start off watching a few bands graze down the hill from the pond.

Firestorm
Firestorm
Jackson
Jackson
Jackson
Jackson

From there we decided to take a long hike.  I had been wanting to go up to Bigfoots valley (the empty meadow) again.  It had been 2 years since I had hiked up there.  That is where a water guzzler is with a lot of great forage.  It still baffles me why the horses do not use it.

My plan was to hike up to the ledge and continue along the rim, looking for other Vision Quests (or Fasting Beds).  I then was hoping to drop down to Kreguer Pond and catch the horses drinking there in the afternoon.

The air was heavy with smoke from several nearby fires in Yellowstone and some of it was even coming from fires in Idaho.  Our view was not as clear and dramatic has I  before.

After stopping and paying respect to what was left of Bigfoots remains, we continued hiking along the rim.

View along the ledge at the top.
View along the ledge at the top.
Bigfoots Meadow
Bigfoots Meadow

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We continued to hike as far as we could along the rim. Then came to a thick woods area.  I picked a small path to follow. The path lead us to a  huge Vision Quest and a very apparent Fasting Bed.  It was a very secluded spot, not something that someone would just stumble on.   We did not stay long, it was a very sacred spot, that I felt I did not belong in.

By the time we arrived at the pond, several bands were coming to drink.

Morning Star band
Morning Star band
Custer and Band
Custer and Band

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Running for the water
Running for the water
Coronado's Band, including Santa Fe
Coronado’s Band, including Santa Fe
Santa Fe
Santa Fe

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Coroando's Band and Cloud's Band
Coroando’s Band and Cloud’s Band
Jacksons heading in.
Jacksons heading in.
Jacksons
Jacksons
Jacksons
Jacksons
Firestorm and Niabrara
Firestorm and Niabrara
Maelstrom and Niabrara
Maelstrom and Niabrara

We went back to camp for some dinner and a short break, then came back down and spent sunset with the horses.  There was not another human on the mountain that night.  Just us.  The horses were so relaxed and at peace.  It was one of the more special times I have ever shared with them.

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Noble
Noble
Lariat.  Back with her band.  I never saw her back with Garay this trip.
Lariat. Back with her band. I never saw her back with Garay this trip.
Meriweather
Meriweather
Noble
Noble
Noble
Noble
Naolin
Naolin
Naolin
Naolin
Manuelita
Manuelita
Naolin grooming his sister
Naolin grooming his sister
Naolin
Naolin
LaBrava
LaBrava
Manuelita
Manuelita
Baja and Washakie, August 19, 2013
Baja and Washakie, August 19, 2013
Washakie
Washakie
Amethyst
Amethyst
Sunset, August 19, 2013
Sunset, August 19, 2013
Dove and Maneulita
Dove and Maneulita

The days were getting shorter.  Darkness was coming fast.  We headed back to camp.  Tired from our hike, but filled with a peacefulness that only a mountain empty of people, but full of wild horses, can bring to you.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

“Protect Mustangs” Speaks Out Against TCF On PZP

Nye and Niobrara
Nye and Niobrara

To Read the entire article please click on PROTECT MUSTANGS.

Here is their Statement:

“Statement from Protect Mustangs

We are against the Cloud Foundation and BLM partnership for extreme PZP in the Pryors for the following reasons:

1.) It ruins natural selection.

2.) According to the National Academy of Sciences there is no evidence of overpopulation.

3.) Reserve design is the healthy choice for management.

4.) Risks of sterility could ruin the herd’s genetic viability.

5.) Unnatural and increased stress on wild mares from wild stallions continuously trying to breed them month after month, year after year, until they are allowed by mankind to have one foal.

6.) Man made fertility control drugs endanger the wild herds’ ability to adapt through reproduction to environmental stresses.

7.) The “Restricted Use Pesticide” known as PZP is not allowed on domestic horses–surely for safety concerns and therefore should not be allowed on native wild horses who have been misclassified as “pests” by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Natural selection has allowed native wild horses to evolve and survive for more than a million years. We believe it is unethical for a government agency and a nonprofit organization to go against natural evolution and manipulate breeding through excessive roundups and drugs approved for use as “restricted use pesticides”.

Now the public is witnessing the final phase of the Salazar Plan announced in 2009 (managing wild horses to extinction) using an EPA fast-tracked “Restricted Use Pesticide” called Porcine zona pellucida–a form of zona pellucida extracted from the ovaries of pigs.

And speaking of pigs, where are the pigs’ ovaries coming from? How were the pig’s ovaries extracted?

The Pryor Mountain Herd is already one of the two herds designated with “Treasured” status–that means they are protected and will never disappear. No need to sell out to  ”restricted use pesticides” for “pest” control!

“We are proud to be working with the BLM, and we hope our partnership with them will continue and may set an example for the management of other wild herds throughout the West,” said Ginger Kathens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation in the BLM’s top story released on August 12, 2013.

What happened to The Cloud Foundation fighting for America’s wild horses’ right to live their natural lives in freedom?

“Why is Ginger Kathrens now supporting the extreme use of PZP when a couple of years ago she appeared to be against using the drug, against ruining natural selection and against creating zoo-like settings on mountaintops?” asks Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs.”

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Please don’t forget to submit your comments against the increase of PZP in the Pryors.  They are due September 6.  Click HERE to find out how to submit your comments.

To learn more about Protect Mustangs,  Click on MUSTANGS.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

Pryor Foal # 15

My friend Anh had a very special discovery today while she was hiking on Lower Sykes.  She spotted Kitalpha with Bristol and  their new foal.  The foal looks to be a couple months old.  Anh was uncertain of the sex, but thinks it may be  a colt.

Kitalpha is the 2010 daughter of Buffalo Girl and Durango.  Bristol is the 1997 of Echo and Sam.

Sandy

Bristol and new foal.
Bristol and new foal.
Anh 2
Kitalpha and her foal, July 21, 2013
Kitalpha and her foal, July 21, 2013
Kitalpha and her foal, July 21, 2013
Kitalpha's new foal
Kitalpha’s new foal
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

 

Dryhead Update and Trip Summary

Most mornings and all evenings we would drive up the Dryhead to see who we could see.  On this trip we would see 27 of the 39 Dryhead Horses,  9 of those would be seen in the Dryhead.  The rest of the Dryhead horses that I saw were up on Sykes Ridge.  You can read about that day by clicking on SYKES.  Here are some of the photos I took while in the Dryhead.   We saw more Bighorn Sheep and Mule Deer in the Dryhead area than we saw horses.

Bighorn Sheep in the Big Horn Canyon
Bighorn Sheep in the Big Horn Canyon
Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep

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Fiero
Fiero
Fiero
Fiero
Hidatsa
Hidatsa
Johnston
Johnston
Hidatsa
Hidatsa
Hidatsa and Johnston
Hidatsa and Johnston

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Hawk
Hawk
Issaquah
Issaquah
Issaquah
Issaquah
HawkandIssaquah
HawkandIssaquah (I always see them together)
Hickok
Hickok
Jesse James
Jesse James
Hightail, Seneca and Jesse James
Hightail, Seneca and Jesse James

We saw 73 mountain horses plus 9 unidentified horses (maybe another foal!), which I will add to the total here.  Total mountain horses: 82.

Total Horses: 109.   It was a great trip!  Of course there were other horses I would have loved to have seen.  But considering the time of year, I felt this trip was very successful.  Anh and I were both happy and discovering 3 new foals, just made it all the more special!

I am already thinking about my next trip!

Sandy

Waif and Corona's new colt, Norte, April 28, 2013
Waif and Corona’s new colt, Norte, April 28, 2013
Fiasco and Custer's new colt, Nodin, April 28, 2013
Fiasco and Custer’s new colt, Nodin, April 28, 2013
Galena and Jackson's new daughter, Nye.  April  29, 2013
Galena and Jackson’s new filly, Nye. April 29, 2013
Anh on Burnt Timber, April 27, 2013
Anh on Burnt Timber, April 27, 2013
Sandy up Sykes, April 28, 2013
Sandy up Sykes, April 28, 2013.  Photo by Anh.
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

A Glimpse Into The Past

Beulah, Phoenix and Wounded Knee (forground)Photo by Rev. Floyd Schweiger.
Beulah, Phoenix and Wounded Knee (foreground)
Photo by Rev. Floyd Schweiger.

I thought today would be a good day to share some of the information that I have from 19 years ago in 1993.  With all the talk of the mare/stallion ratio now, I thought it would be interesting for us all to take a look at what was going on 19 years ago.

So here is a snap shot of a hand written horse count done by the Reverend Floyd Schweiger in 1993.

1994-1 lg 1994-2

1994 full page

1194-3 1994-4

Then in 1995 the list looked like this:

1995-1

 

95-2 95-3

 

List of Stallions 1995

In 1995 there were 144 horses, 38 bachelor stallions.

Now in 2013 there are approximately 153 horses (including last years foals), 23 of those are bachelor stallions.  2013 Dryhead: 41 horses, 10 bachelor stallions.  Mountain: 112 horses, 13 bachelor stallions.

I am finding this information very interesting. We all can form and give our own opinions.  Please feel free to use this post as a forum to post your thoughts.

I will continue to share more on another post.

Thank you so much Ross!

Sandy

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