Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa, Three Adopted Pryor Horses. An Update.

It has been a while since I have updated you on my three Pryor Mountain horses that I adopted.  This September will mark 4 years since I adopted  Valerosa (Isolde).   She has been a joy and pretty easy to train.

Valerosa
Valerosa

I have had Kootenai and Kiowa for 8 months now.  Kootenai was easy from day one.  So willing to trust, and most likely one of the sweetest horses I have ever owned.

Sandy with Lakota's son, Kootenai on day 10 after getting to his new home.  September 20, 2012
Sandy with Lakota’s son, Kootenai on day 10 after getting to his new home. September 20, 2012

Kiowa on the other hand has been very slow to trust.  I am not sure what the reason is.  I have never had a horse like her before.  But we are taking our time and letting her decide how fast she wants to go.  The halter remains on her, so that she is a bit easier to catch when down in the bigger pastures.  She is definitely still a wild one deep in her heart, and I am sure if she had the chance to return to the Pryors, she would not skip a beat joining the other horses and never looking back.  It makes me sad.  Sure, she wickers at me when I come to feed them (along with the others),and follows me around when I am out with them, but she is holding back and not giving in as easily as Valerosa and Kootenai.

Kiowa, July 2012.  Free in the Pryors.
Kiowa, July 2012. Free in the Pryors.

Kootenai had some health issues from the start.  He stepped off the trailer with chronic diarrhea and very “liquid gas” as we called it.   After about a month, of trying everything our vet recommended (deworming, sand clear, probiotic)  we called the vet to come and have a look at him.    He decided that he might have an intestinal infection, so it was 10 days on antibiotics.  The day he finished his last antibiotic, he colic.  We thought we were going to lose him that morning.  Luckily by then he was gentled enough to be given a bantamine injection, which I think saved his life.  By 12 pm, he was much better.  By the end of the day, he was back to normal.  I started him on two natural supplements to help with his intestinal issues.  It seemed to work and we had two good months before it returned again.

The vet then recommended 5 straight days of a dewormer, Power Pack.  Any domestic horse would hate you after 2 days of a wormer, let alone 5.  But he was a pretty good little guy and we were able to get most of it down him.

Since then (it has been another 2 1/2 months), it seems he is good.  Of course the natural supplements will be a part of his life from now on, morning and night.  He doesn’t mind them at all and wickers when I bring him some mash with them in.  The girls are a bit jealous they don’t get as much mash as he does, but I think he loves every minute eating it and knowing he is getting special treatment.

Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kootenai, May 12, 2013

Nancy from the Billings Blm office came out and did our compliance check a few weeks ago.  They were all good and came up and visited in the pasture with her while we talked.  Everything went well, I knew it would, but I still felt nervous waiting for her arrival that morning and relieved when it was over.

Kootenai, April 2013
Kootenai, April 2013

The month of May here in Montana marks the month for opening up some seasonal pastures that the horses have not been on since last fall.  Much of this land is very similar to the upper mountain in the Pryors.  Many of the native grasses and plants are the same.

Yesterday was the chosen day to let them down into one of those.  Kiowa and Kootenai had never been down in this 10+ acre pasture.  I sat on our back balcony to watch the show.  They would be joined by Valerosa, 20-year-old Quarter Horse Buddy, 13-year-old Anglo-Arab Oreo and two photo bombing miniature burro’s (Pancho and Cisco).

Before I owned wild horses, I thought  that any open gate meant an escape opportunity for them.  I visioned that they would go bursting through right away.  That is not the case.  At least not with the 4 wild horses that I own.  While Oreo, Buddy, Valerosa and the Burros went running down the hill, Kiowa and Kootenai hung back and took a while to finally join them.

They needed to look over the situation first, with caution.  The other horses went running straight down the hill.  But these two did a slow switch-back path down instead.

Kootenai checks out the new pasture from above.
Kootenai checks out the new pasture from above.
Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kootenai, May 12, 2013
Kiowa heading down after Kootenai
Kiowa heading down after Kootenai

After the initial decent, it did not take them long to love the new area.   We spent a couple hours watching them run, eat and play.

Kootenai heads down
Kootenai heads down
Kootenai heading down with two burro photo bombers
Kootenai heading down with two burro photo bombers

 

Kootenai and Kiowa joining the others.
Kootenai and Kiowa joining the others.
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa

 

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The daughter of Sacajewa and Merlin.  Full sister of Hidatsa and Fiero.  Valerosa, May 12, 2013
The daughter of Sacajewa and Merlin. Full sister of Hidatsa and Fiero. Valerosa, May 12, 2013
Valerosa with the burros
Valerosa with the burros
Oreo, Buddy and Valerosa
Oreo, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai, Buddy and Valerosa

 

Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa leading the way.
Kootenai, Kiowa and Valerosa leading the way.

 

Running because they love it!
Running because they love it!
Valerosa and Cisco
Valerosa and Cisco
Kootenai
Kootenai
Kootenai and Kiowa
Kootenai and Kiowa

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Valerosa and the burro boys
Valerosa and the burro boys
Kootenai and photo bomber Cisco
Kootenai and photo bomber Cisco
Kootenai and Valerosa
Kootenai and Valerosa
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Kootenai and Valerosa (burro bomber in the background!)
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai

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Kiowa and Valerosa
Kiowa and Valerosa
3 Pryor Horses and best friends.
3 Pryor Horses and best friends.

K, K NS V Ki and Koo

Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa
Kiowa
Kiowa and Kootenai
Kiowa (with the wrong brand)  and Kootenai
Kootenai and Valerosa, May 10, 2013
Kootenai and Valerosa, May 10, 2013

Koo and V

 

Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Valerosa and Kootenai
Kiowa, Kootenai and Valerosa
Kiowa, Kootenai and Valerosa

I feel very lucky to be able to look out my window everyday and see my own little Pryor Band of horses. From the first day I brought Kiowa and Kootenai here, these 3 have been very close.  They know they are the same, I am sure of it.

I hope given time, Kiowa will feel happy to be here too.  All I have is time, and I intend to give her as much as she needs.

Sandy

Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

 

 

 

Valerosa, Kiowa and Kootenai. An Update on 3 Pryor Horses

I thought that since I am not able to travel to the Pryors right now, that I would give you an update of the Pryor Horses that I adopted.

I adopted Valerosa (Isolde) in 2009.  Valerosa is the daughter of Merlin and Sacejewa, born in 2008.  Then just this past September I adopted 2 more.  Kiowa and Kootenai.  Kiowa is the daughter of Half Moon and Lakota, Kootenai is the son of Hertiage and Lakota.

As most of you know who have followed my blog, Lakota was my favorite horse.  If you don’t know the story of Lakota.  Click on Lakota.  That will take you to the first post I made on him.  He died in July so it became very important to me to adopt at least one of his offspring.   I adopted both.

Kootenai is a sweet guy.  From day one, he has been willing and trusting.  Kiowa has been a hard nut to crack!  I wonder if it is the mare thing? Because her personality is very much like Valerosas.   It took Valerosa quite sometime before she trusted me.  Kiowa seems the same.  She is curious and comes up to me, I can touch her sometimes, but she is not as friendly or as trusting as Kootenai.

When they interact with the other horses, it seems that Kiowa is the one that has more confidence. It is all very interesting to watch.

As you can see in the photos, Kiowa still has her halter on.  I made the decision to have them put on  before I loaded them to come on from the adoption.  I wish I had not.  I did not have them put one on Valerosa.  I thought at the time that I would accelerate my training, but when I got home, I just decided to take the time it took to win their trust.  I may end up attaching a lead rope to Kiowa first, it is time she learned that she can trust me more.  But we will see.   It needs to feel right and right now it does not feel right.

Kootenai let me take off his halter.  Before I took it off, I was leading him around by just the knot under his chin.  He is a pretty easy-going guy.

They have a way of letting me know when it is right.  I will wait.  I have plenty of time.

So yesterday and today I took some photos of them in the snow.   It is a beautiful sight to see three Pryor Horses running and playing in the snow right outside my door!

I do feel very lucky that they allow me to be part of their lives.

Sandy

Kootenai, November 10, 2012
Kiowa, November 10, 2012
Kiowa and Kootenai, November 10, 2012
Kootenai and Kiowa, November 11, 2012
Kootenai, November 11, 2012
Kiowa
Kiowa
Valerosa
Kootenai and Valerosa, November 11, 2012
Valerosa and Kiowa
Kootenai and Cisco
Kootenai with Pancho and Cisco in the background.
Kiowa, November 11, 2012
Kiowa and Valerosa
Valerosa, Kiowa and Kootenai, November 11, 2012
Kiowa
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
You can see that even scabbed over the brand shows up right. Birth year is 10.  You can click on the photo to get a closer look.  This was taken within a week from him being home.