Phoenix, part 2

As I mentioned, Phoenix was temporarily removed from the horse range yesterday afternoon so that her wound can be attended to.

There are basically two reasons why Phoenix is being taken care of, as explained to me by the current wild horse and burro specialist for this herd. He said that it isn’t uncommon for wild horses to be treated by the BLM if it is decided that helping the horse would prevent suffering. Also, the BLM is trying to figure out what caused this wound. It could be natural; but they need to know if it was caused by the darts used to administer PZP so that future incidents can be prevented. From talking to the BLM, it really is in the best interest of Phoenix, and perhaps the entire herd in the future, that she be examined and treated.

I hate to sound too blunt or arrogant about this, but the only people who were present for this entire event were my father, BLM officials, and myself. I do not want any rumors to be spread about this, and so please talk to the BLM or myself if you want more details because we are can provide valid information.

My father and I arrived in the Pryors yesterday morning. Teton and Boulder’s families were at the area where Phoenix was to be removed then.

Teton & Bolder

This was the condition of Phoenix’s wound yesterday.

Phoenix

Because we arrived just ahead of the BLM, we decided to drive on to see if we could find any other horses. At this time, we couldn’t really see any others. The BLM arrived shortly after this, and we followed them back to the trapping site. No horses were in the area at that time. The BLM started to get the trap set up right away.

Setting up

The trap was finished shortly after that. Hay was used as the bait.

Trap

It took a number of hours for any horses to return. Baja’s family was the first to arrive. They were not too sure about the area.

Baja

Duke and Prince’s families soon followed. A few horses were brave enough to go and take some mouthfuls of hay. Soon there were a number of families there. In addition to the aforementioned groups, the families of Mescalero, Chino, Littlefoot, and Trigger came as well.

More arrive

Eventually, Teton’s family arrived.

Teton arrives

It was not long until they discovered the hay.

Teton family

The family soon started to move into the trap where there was more hay.

Teton family

Teton family

Just before the whole family was in there, a horse bumped the corral, which scared most of the family out. Phoenix’s two year old colt stayed in.

Teton family

The family moved to the other end of the corral and discovered there was hay there also. This end gate was then opened to allow them to go in again.

Other gate

They almost immediately moved back in. However, the stallion Shaman had also gone in before them.

Teton family

Shaman wanted out when Teton’s family moved in, but they were in his way.

Teton Shaman

Shaman eventually ran out through Teton’s family, causing Teton’s dun mare to run out too. Before she could rejoin the family, the gate was closed.

Teton family

Teton and the two year old colt were then separated from Phoenix and the foal with another gate.

Family sep

As the trailer was brought in for Phoenix and the foal, the bachelor Stiles realized he could get to Teton’s dun mare. Stiles had the family from late last summer to this spring, and he has been following them ever since Teton recovered them. (I will be putting up this complex story sometime.)

Stiles

Stiles continued to chase the dun mare.

Stiles

Eventually, she did stop running and Stiles was able to start breeding her for a few seconds until she moved away from him. During this time, there was constant calling between Teton, Phoenix, and this mare. Teton was obviously agitated that something was happening to both of his mares, but he was unable to do anything about it.

Meanwhile, the BLM was working to keep Phoenix calm so that they could get her into the trailer without her or the foal getting injured.

Trailer

A few minutes later, they were loaded.

Trailer closed

Teton and the two year old were released right after the others were loaded into the trailer.

Teton released

There have been a few times when I have seen stallions become very angry. This was one of those times. Teton immediately went to Stiles and challenged him in the woods behind the trap. The confrontation was only seconds long and hard to photograph due to the trees. I could tell what was going on though. Teton and Stiles reared up and sparred. Stiles came down first and Teton came down on top of him. It looked like he may have bit him on the neck and then pushed him to the ground. Stiles retreated, and Teton fiercely chased him while trying to bite him more. The two year old colt and dun mare were meanwhile running around as well along with the two stallions.

Teton chases

This chasing continued for a few minutes. Stiles would continue to try and get the dun mare, and Teton would continue to chase him away. Eventually, Stiles stopped trying as hard; and Teton snaked his family back together.

Teton snakes

Teton continued to posture and intimidate Stiles. After this, Stiles resumed his previous roll of following the family.

Teton

As this was all happening, there was also constant calling between Phoenix and her family. They definitely knew she was in there, but they didn’t seem to understand what was really happening.
In Trailer

All of this activity and calling stirred up other nearby families. Calls could be heard from all directions. As Stiles continued to follow Teton’s family, the stallion Duke came out and challenged Stiles. They sparred a little, but Stiles backed down and went back to Teton.

Duke Stiles

All the while, Phoenix continued to call out from the trailer, though not as much as she had been.

Trailer

Stiles eventually calmed down, and the family was able to have some peace.

Teton family

It was about that time when the trailer went out of view. I am fairly certain that the used the Crooked Creek road to get back to Britton Springs. This is one of the least rough of the roads off the mountain.

Trailer leaving

The two year old colt started to smell the ground back to the trapping area. I would guess he was trying to find his mother.

Fiesta

He also called out to her a number of times. Upon hearing his calling, the stallion Littlefoot ran to him and the two nuzzled each other before Littlefoot returned to his mare.

Fiesta

Teton and the dun mare then called the colt back.

Teton calls

By this time, the horses were all away from the trap; and so I got to have my first good look at it.

Corral

Teton and his family remained alert, watching the road where they had last heard from Phoenix. As a vehicle came back down the road, the family all started to call out. This is again a sign to me that they had some understanding of where she went.

After the vehicle had gone, the family, with Stiles following, left the area and headed west.

Teton family

I hope to get more information on Phoenix as she is treated, and I will post this information as soon as I can.

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  1. […] August 30th, 2007 Yesterday the wild horse and burro expert for the area called to tell that he was going to try and get Phoenix back with her family today (August 30, 2007). This morning we headed up to see her return. (Click here for the post showing her removal.) […]

  2. I do hope that Phoenix will recover from her wound soon, it looked a nasty one and obviously needed treatment. I thought the trapping and loading operation went remarkably smoothly, very professionally done! Good luck; we may be in your area next week so perhaps will see them then.

  3. HI MATT, TELL YOUR MOM THANKS FOR THE CARD. WE ARE IN WHOA TODAY. SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT CLOUD’S MOM. WILL SEND PICTURES SOON FROM OUR VISIT. WE ARE GOING TO FUND RAISE SOON WITH THE HONEY CANDY FROM LOVELL. HOW ABOUT THAT? WELL SOME OF THE WHOA MEMBERS WANT TO SAY HI.
    HI MATT! WE LOVE ALL THE PICTURES. I’M BETHANY AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE A PICTURE OF ME. MRS. YOCHUM IS GETTING US READY FOR FUND RAISERS. I AM LOOKING INTO A BOOTH AT OUR PIONEER DAYS. WE WERE WONDERING IF PHOENIX’S WOUND IS FROM THE PZP SHOT? WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO. THANKS!


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