Durango & Medicine Bow

Durango watches

The stallion Durango is likely best known for his unique appearance. He is a beautiful apricot dun roan in color, and much of his left ear is missing from a fight. This year, Durango and his mare have a new colt in addition to their two year old filly.

Durango’s colt

Recently, Durango received a minor injury; and he lost his family to a bachelor named Medicine Bow. Medicine Bow defines the word survivor. While still nursing, his mother died. In his early years of bachelorhood, he survived a fight with a mountain lion. To add to his special traits, he is the only Pryor horse who currently exhibits the sabino color pattern. (The white speckles on his coat.)

Medicine Bow

While Medicine Bow had the family, Durango was always close by watching and healing.

Medicine Bow & Durango’s family

This week, Durango has taken the family back from Medicine Bow; and Medicine Bow has a few new kick and bite marks on him. Durango’s wound is still healing, but it seems to be healing well.

Durango & family

Medicine Bow still remains close as he attempts to retake the family. Last night, Medicine Bow called out a challenge to Durango, who proceeded to chase Medicine Bow at full speed for a considerable distance.

Durango chasing Medicine Bow

The two eventually ran out of sight; but judging from the amount of time it took for Durango to come running back, there was likely a small fight that Durango won. Medicine Bow ran back about five minutes after Durango returned. By that time, Durango had started to move his family away from Medicine Bow, though Medicine Bow did continue to follow.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. We are very happy to see Medicine Bow coming into his own and learning how to obtain and keep a family; but we are also happy to see Durango win back his family.

As a side note, though the Pryor horses do get most of our attention, they aren’t the only inhabitants of the range. They share it with a number of other animals, such as this young coyote we startled last night while searching for horses.


I will continue to post any pictures I take of other Pryor wildlife.

Published in: on July 31, 2007 at 2:48 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Thanks for the update on the horses Matt! It’s real nice to know how the herds are doing! Did everyone make it through the winter OK? How about those who have foaled out of season? Are they and their foals doing OK?
    And thanks for the pics of other wildlife- wild horses don’t live a vacuum! Sure wish I could come out there and see what you’re seeing!!

  2. Hello from France,

    Thank you very much for the update.


  3. 10/30/07 Matt, I’m so glad I connected with you by phone last Sat. What a thrill to go through your blog site and be updated on what is going on in the Pryor Mts. Since I’m learning about these horses, explain what roan is? You described Apricot as an apricot dun roan? What does all that mean? Is this the place to raise questions or should I use another e-mail address?

  4. Dave,

    It’s good to hear from you!

    Roan is a color pattern in which the hair comes in a lighter color upon a base color. In the case of Durango, he is an apricot dun colored horse with the roan color pattern. This is why he looks lighter. Lighter than what is the question though. It’s easiest to compare him and his son, who is just apricot dun. There you can really see how white Durango’s coat is. I think that roan looks really pretty on the duns and grullas as their stripes still show but are more subtle. To confuse this even more, the stallion Medicine Bow also has that white color pattern to him; but he isn’t roan. His feature is called sabino. If there’s been something that I’ve had a lot of trouble with on horses, it is designating their color. I’m really meaning to get a new section on color added to the site as I think this would be really helpful.

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