The Dryhead Boys

On the evening of August 20, 2007, I made a trip to Bighorn Canyon to see the horses. Some fellow horse photographers told me that they had seen a group of bachelors up the road. We headed up there, and there were indeed some bachelors.

A big surprise of finding these four together was that they had a new addition. Oftentimes the group can be seen with the right horses in the below photograph (the grulla, red dun sabino, and blue roan) as well as an older black stallion. The bachelors aren’t always together; sometimes one or two will go there own way for a while before meeting back up with the rest.

The red bay horse on the left has been a bachelor since early in the year, but he didn’t really have any idea that these other bachelors were together. He will certainly have many adventures with them, so long as he stays with them.

Dryhead Boys

One of these bachelors has been in the blog before – Medicine Bow is the red dun sabino who had Durango’s family for a short time in July.

Medicine Bow

Recall that Medicine Bow has a great story of survival, with him surviving the early loss of his mother as well as a fight with a mountain lion. Like him and every other horse, each of these bachelors has a story. I find the stories of these four to really stand out, though.

The grulla and blue roan are two years old this summer. They became bachelors before their first birthdays. They aren’t related by blood, but they have been great friends. The stories of the events prior to and after them leaving their families are too complex to discuss in this short article, but they are indeed very interesting and could perhaps be the subjects of future articles as I have them documented through my photos.


The new addition to these boys is a fairly well known horse. He is the only Pryor horse born in 2004 that is still alive. There is a lot of speculation as to what happened to the other members of his cohort, but it is known that there was heavy mountain lion predation that year. However, it was likely not predation that exclusively caused the foal deaths.


This horse is hard to mistake. He has a rich red bay color, some white on his back right leg, and a unique “tomahawk” shaped blaze on his face. He looked a little humorous this night as he had a piece of grass stuck in his forelock.


It will be a lot of fun to see if the 2004 bachelor continues to roam with these boys. They roam far and wide, and so it is very hard to predict where you will see them next. This makes it a pleasant surprise to find them. This again especially held true that night because of the new addition to the group.

Published in: on August 22, 2007 at 11:19 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Great posts! Thanks Matt – really appreciate your keeping us updated on this very precious part of American history and wildlife!

  2. What’s the name of the blue roan and grullo bachelors that were with Medicine Bow and the 2004 survivor?

    • Is the grullo bachelor Merlin?

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