The Sixteenth 2019 Pryor foal was born sometime around November 1 to Jasmine and Doc. Jasmine is the 2009 daughter of Aztec and Cloud. Doc is the 2003 son of Winnemucca and Little Foot.
The foal is a filly and the name that has been chosen is Talulah.
I found that there are three meaning to this name. The first one that came up was: An Online Australian Woman’s Boutique. Surprised by this, I googled it again. This time from Wikipedia:Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn (born 26 September 1985), known professionally as Talulah Riley, is anEnglish actress. Still thinking that there had to be more, I googled it again and found this: The name Talulah means Leaping Water and is of Native American origin. Talulah is a name that’s been used by parents who are considering baby names for girls. Choctaw.
Okay, I think the last meaning is the one I will think of when I say this name, since the announcement of the name did not include what meaning it was intended for.
Welcome to the Pryors beautiful little filly! These photos were taken by Jack Sterling on December 3 (Thank you Jack for the use of your photos). As you can see, she seems to be doing quite well. Looking forward to seeing this little one!
2019 Pryor Foal # 10 was born to Oceana and Grijala. Oceana is the 2013 (born in October that year) daughter of Tecumseh and Galadrial. Grijala is the 2006 son of Cavelita and Conquistador. The foal is a colt and has been named Titan.
I remember the first time that I saw Oceana. I was instantly in love with this special girl. She was born late in the year ( late September) to a special couple, Tecumseh and Galadrial. Their story is one that I have told many times on the mountain, and should write a blog post about it. Oceana was a great surprise to all of us that have followed this group, and after looking back at old photos and recalling their story, I guess it would be fair to say that Oceana is my favorite mare on the mountain.
I first saw Oceana in May of 2015. She was a small, sturdy, fuzzy little girl, who idealized her father and and captured my heart. Surrounded by not only Galadrial and Tecumseh, but also by Gringo and Beulah. This unusual band of 4 would take great care of her. Despite being born late and a little small, Oceana became very independent.
It was clear the spring of 2016, that Oceana had a big attraction to the powerful stallion Grijala. She joined his band at a young age, and he was always seen as being kind and gentle to her.
In late June of 2017, Abbie, along with myself and a group of students, discovered a new born foal with Docs band. This foal did not belong to this band. Abbie and suspected that Oceana was pregnant, and that this may be her foal. Somehow, this young foal got separated from its band. Here is a photo of the foal that Abbie and I named Hope Ryden. ( Not to be confused with the foal that Jasmine had a few months later, also called Ryden) You be the judge. We’ll never know for sure, but seeing her new foal made both feel we had been right. You can read that post here: Hope
Regardless of the past, I do know that we now have a beautiful little colt with fantastic parents. I could not be happier for this amazing filly that has grown into a beautiful mare.
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!
Each horse on the range has their own story, but the birth of this foal is a bit more special than most. Not only does this foal represent rare blood lines, but also shows the success of a mountain horse relocating to the Dryhead, providing a genetically viable new bloodline among the Dryhead horses.
In 2009, almost the entire population of Pryor Horses living in the Forest Service part of the range were removed. A few were able to escape this removal. One of the horses was a young bachelor named Hamlet. Hamlet was born in 2007 to Delilah and Pierre. In 2014, Hamlet acquired his first mare. A mare named Audobon. Audobon, born in 2000 to Feather and Challenger was not only the only offspring of this pair, but the only offspring each would have.
In 2015, Audobon and Hamlet produce a beautiful filly named Penn (Abbie and I call her Paris). This birth alone was a reason to celebrate. The following year Audobon and Hamlet would have another foal, Quicksilver. Quicksilver he would not live long and that following winter, Audobon disappeared as well.
During the disruption of Hamlet’s band, the young Paris ended up in the Dryhead, (the desert part of the lower mountain) with the stallion Jesse James, who claimed her for his own.
Jesse James also has a very special story. He is the son of Seneca (part of the Greeters) and the late Admire (who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011, along with his son Kapitan). Jesse James is the only remaining offspring of Admire and Seneca on the range.
Admire and his band were the first wild horses I ever saw when I drove up the Dryhead for the first time. Here is a link to my blog piece about the judgement against the person who killed them: ADMIRE Within that post is a video I made, where you will be able to see Admire with his band, including a young Jesse James.
Along with Paris, Jesse James has Cecelia, a very wise mare who was with the stallion Sitting Bull for many years. (he died in the winter of 2015-16). Unlike Jesse James’s very visible years with the Greeters, he and his small band have been seen very little and mostly from a distance. When Cecilia and Sitting Bull were together, they were rarely seen, often referred to as the “wildest of the horses on the range”. I am sure this is the reason why Paris became pregnant at the age of 2, this band could not be found or approached close enough for the administration of the PZP vaccine.
Last summer Abbie and I were able to spot this elusive band from a distance.
This 4th born foal of 2018 appears to be a colt. He is the son of Paris (Penn) and Jesse James. Paris is the 2015 daughter of Audobon and Hamlet. Jesse James is the 2009 son of Seneca and Admiral. He was discovered by Nancy Cerronni. He has been named Sentinel.
Hopefully this summer Abbie and I will be blessed with a chance to see this family and continue to watch him grow wild and free on the range!
The second known foal was born this week in the Dryhead part of the range. Born to the “Greeters” of the BigHorn Canyon.
As I started to write this post, it reminded me of how long I had been following this group. Although in recent years, the elusive Kitalpha joined them bringing with her Nova, her daughter from Bristol ( this move was very surprising to me. She was a horse that would not often be seen, but yet she decided to join the most visible band in the Dryhead) I decided to look back at one of my posts from the spring of 2012. Here is the link to that post if you would like to learn more about this band. THE GREETERS
The second foal of 2018 was born to the mare Nova and Hickok. Nova is the 2013 daughter of Kitalpha and Bristol. Hickok is the 2007 son of Belle Starr and Starbuck.
It has been reported that the foal is a colt and has been named Sundance. You can read more about this foal by clicking on this link. BHCRA Facebook
Thank you Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area for the use of you photos!
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!
The first Pryor Foal of 2018 was born to Morgana and (most likely) Johnston. Morgana is the 2012 daughter of Icara and Merlin. Johnston is the 2009 son of Cascade and Seattle.
Morgana was expected to foal this year (according to the PZP program), so this was not an unexpected birth. It is a bit early, but with her living in the Dryhead, she should hopefully do okay.
No word on name or if it is a colt or a filly. My friends Sarah and Abbie have suggested the name Surprise. I think that is would be perfect. It was the first word that I thought of when I saw this post on the BHCNR facebook page!! Click on Bighorn to see that post.
Thank you to Bill Picket, NPS for allowing me to use his photo!