Today I was told by the BLM wild horse specialist who watches the herd that the stallion Pierre had died. She gave me directions on where to find him, and I did get to see him. It looks like he died from a fall off of a cliff; why he ran off a cliff is a mystery but it could have possibly happened while having a confrontation with another stallion as Pierre had a large and desirable family.

Pierre was born in 1989, and he could often be seen in the area around Big Ice Cave. He was a fine black stallion with a star on his forehead.

One of my favorite times seeing Pierre was in June of 2006. It was a stormy afternoon, and he and his family had gathered in a small stand of trees. He just seemed very proud as he watched over his family there.


On another occasion, I remember watching his family when he bolted off to two bachelor stallions that were nearby. He chased them until they were no longer in sight at full speed, and then he ran back at full speed to make sure his family was still okay. Coming across Pierre and his family in the middle of a forest was also a fun experience as it was such a surprise. While I moved through that area, Pierre constantly watched me from in between the trees.


Currently, Pierre’s family consists of a grulla mare, a blue roan mare, a black mare, a black filly, a two year old blue roan colt, and two new colt foals. The last time I got a good photograph of the family together was on July 24 of this year, when they were grazing in a forest.

Pierre family


Pierre led a great life as a Pryor Mountain stallion, putting together a large and successful family. His legacy will be able to be carried on through the great offspring he has produced.

Published in: on September 10, 2007 at 11:56 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Matt- I find it APPALLING that there are those people who are so insensitive to the needs of WILD ANIMALS that they would intrude in their space so blatantly. How are they to know that a stallion won’t trample them? Stallions are DANGEROUS- even those barn-raised and handled from birth. There are very few stallions that are quiet and gentle, and I personally would NOT bet my life on a WILD stallion to be one of them! That would just be stupidity in the highest form possible. It is also appalling that the horses are being disturbed while going about their business of survival. It takes a LOT of grazing to get properly fattened up for winter, and being constantly disrupted from feeding has the potential of causing winter and spring deaths of the horses from being too out of condition before the snows come and cover their feeding areas. It has the potential of killing early spring foals by the mare being so out of condition that she hasn’t sufficient milk. This behaviour towards the horses is an outrage and should be stopped in some way. Thank you for posting about this callousness towards Nature that some seem to think of as their right. And as usual, thanks so much for the in-depth posting of the herds. I love to hear about them and how they are doing. The pictures are always great, even the ones that show how far off the horses can be (how in the WORLD you can spot them at those distances is beyond me!). While it’s always sad to hear of a death it IS Nature at it’s best, and I feel privileged that you share your experiences with all of us who otherwise would not be able to see the horses and other wildlife in that area. Thank you Matt. God bless.

  2. Matt,
    Thank you so much for keeping us informed about the Pryor horses! I can only get to the mountain about once or twice a year and I truly miss it when I’m not there. My question is: What will or has happened to Pierre’s family since his demise??? I think I have a picture I took of him this past June from Tillet Ridge. I have several images of the horses that I’ve taken in the past few years and thanks to your blog/pictures, I’ve been able to identify some of them…and understand them more. Thanks again.

  3. Roughcolliegirl,

    It really is sad to see people get so close to the horses. It does have the potential to cause many problems down the line, and our goal is to preserve the Pryor horses for as long as we can so that every generation can enjoy them. I have had a number of comments emailed to me since I wrote that blog entry; and it is great to hear that so many people agree that we should respect the horses. I’m happy you’re able to keep up with my blog! I really appreciate your support. Thanks!

  4. Yellowstonegirl,

    It’s great you have been able to see the Pryor horses, and you very well could have seen Pierre. I’m sorry in my delay for updating the situation with his family, but I will be writing a post about it this evening. Thanks for your support! I hope I’m able to help you learn even more about the horses you have seen in future posts.

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