Fall Is Coming

I haven’t been able to get time to catch up with all the horses I saw last Sunday. However, since I saw some of the main horses I wanted to talk about again today, I will focus on today instead of last Sunday for now.

This morning it was chilly and overcast, but we decided to try to get up on the mountain to see horses anyway. As we approached the Pryors, we could see clouds spilling over them.


As we got higher on the mountain, we entered the clouds and the visibility was very low. As we drove along, though, we did find our first horses of the day – Baja’s family.

Baja was standing guard while his family grazed and rested in the area behind him.


Baja family

This year’s foals haven’t had to experience too much cold weather yet in their lives, and this may have been one of the colder times for some of them. Nonetheless, Baja’s dun filly and grulla colt seemed to be doing just fine.

Baja foal

Baja foal

As you can see, getting photographs of the horses was really hit and miss today. Getting the photographs depended on two things: How thick the fog was when I was trying to take a picture, and how fast I was able to focus before the fog changed and forced me to refocus. However, today was an awesome day for watching the horses as it was so surreal up there; and it was very difficult to find any horses at all.

Continuing on past Baja’s family, we noticed a number of grouse near the road. Grouse

By the end of the day we had seen quite a few grouse throughout the area.

I hiked to the pond to see if I could see any horses in the area or any fresh sign of them. I saw some tracks but no horses. It was still very surreal there as the visibility was so low and there were many sounds coming from the forest. I soon realized that the sound was that of the ice covering the trees as it slipped off and fell to the ground. Nearly all the trees and plants had a covering of ice on them. It didn’t look like frost; it seemed to be precipitation that had frozen to the vegetation.


Shortly after driving away from the pond, a family of horses ran across the road a distance in front of us. We also caught another glimpse of them as they ran closer by us. The sight was spectacular as they ran through the thick fog. Unfortunately, the fog was too thick and the horses were running too fast for me to get any photographs. However, I don’t think a photograph would have captured the scene very well anyway; it was the kind of thing you need to see in person to fully appreciate. From the brief glimpse, we were pretty sure who the family was, though.

We didn’t even try to find where the family ran to; we just continued on in hopes of finding more horses. The fog got even more thick as we drove on, and we only saw some more grouse.

Coming back, we caught a glimpse of some horses in a meadow.

Santa Fe

As the fog cleared for a few minutes, we realized who it was. The family is with the bay stallion Santa Fe.

Santa Fe

The family is composed of Santa Fe, a dun mare, a grulla mare, the grulla mare’s dun foal, and a two year old dun filly. These females are all beautiful, and they have quite a story.

Santa Fe family

I think the best place to start their story is last summer. I have mentioned a number of times that certain events have been tied to the stallion Teton getting injured. This one starts there as well. A reason he got injured is because he had put together such a large family. At that time, two of his family members were the dun and grulla mares that are now with Santa Fe. The dun mare is the mother of the grulla, and they have been very bonded even before Teton had them. After the dust had settled following the fall of Teton, the grulla ended up with Lakota while the dun ended up with her son Jackson (also the grulla’s brother) and his family.

Jackson and his mare had a filly foal last summer; she is the granddaughter of the dun mare. There is a definite resemblance between the two.

Santa Fe family

Earlier this season, it was apparent that this grandmother and granddaughter were no longer with Jackson. The initial hypothesis was that the two had somehow died. However, it was soon noticed that they were alive; and they had joined the grulla relative that was with Lakota. Thus, the dun mare, her daughter, and her granddaughter were then with Lakota. This spring, the grulla had her first foal, the dun filly, with Lakota.

At this point, it should be known how these four were with Lakota’s family. They were definitely a part of the family, but they always seemed to be a little distant and independent of the family as well.

This summer, Santa Fe somehow got the two year old filly. Shortly after that, the other three females came as well. Though there has been some interchange between the females with Lakota and Santa Fe, they are currently with Santa Fe. However, they are also maintaining their independent personalities. This was pretty apparent today. The dun mare is definitely very observant and seems to be a big part of the family’s leadership. We often joke that she is the lead stallion for the family. The rest of the females are very observant and cautious as well.

These four are again some of the most beautiful Pryor horses, and they have really interesting personalities. It will be great to see their story continue to unfold. As can be seen in the following photograph, they do care very much for each other, especially this new foal; and I think that this bond will carry them far.

Santa Fe family

After the great chance to see Santa Fe’s family, we continued on towards Penn’s Cabin to see if any horses had drifted down to that area. We did see Coronado (Red Raven) and his family in the area.

Coronado family

Driving back towards the pond, there was a big break in the fog; and the sunshine provided a great view of the iced trees.


Shortly after this, we also saw Flint coming out of the breaking fog; and he had a mate again.


Recall that Flint had a dun filly with him a couple weeks ago, but he wasn’t able to keep her for very long. It is our best guess that this dun filly is not that same one; we think she is the two year old daughter of Baja who had been with Morning Star’s family. When we saw Morning Star last Sunday, she wasn’t with him; and this seems to answer the question of where she was.

The two walked past us before once again disappearing into the reemerging fog.



With the new fog bank came more cold, and so we decided to head back down. As we went down, we saw Baja’s family again; and we also caught a glimpse of Chino’s family.

Chino is the only buckskin on the mountain. He has a beautiful dun and grulla family, but they tend to be elusive and wary of humans. As we approached, they started to move away; and so we left them alone. I wasn’t able to get many pictures in those few seconds, but I did get a fairly unfocused picture of Chino that at least shows his buckskin color.


After that, we only saw a couple deer. However, it was great to see the horses that we did; and it is exciting to see the changing of the seasons. With the cold seasons comes a whole new world of watching the Pryor horses.

Published in: on September 8, 2007 at 9:13 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I am fairly new to your website and blog though I have been a distant fan of the pryor mt horses for years. who names the horses? Ginger Katherine’s has names for allthe horses in her films and you have names for them. In at least one or two cases the names are different for the same horse, so it made me wonder, who names the horses and who records which horse is called by which name?

  2. Is Baja’s dun filly that was with Flint still on the range and what’s her name

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