September foal, 2007

While on the mountain on Tuesday (August 12, 2007), I noticed Morning Star’s family. However, I also noticed they had a new, unexpected addition to the family.

Morning Star is a dark bay stallion with a small star.

Morning Star

He has a dun mare who had a dun colt foal earlier this summer.

Morning Star mare

Morning Star colt foal

He also has a two year old grulla filly who is the daughter of Starman.

Feld

Lastly, he has a grulla roan mare; and this is the mare who had the new filly foal. The foal was definitely just a few days old; and the BLM field specialist figures she was born on the 9th. She is black, and she has a little star.

Morning Star foal 2

Morning Star new foal

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Published in: on September 15, 2007 at 6:56 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. ANOTHER September foal…… It may be fine to have out-of-season foals in a controlled barn situation, but in the wild this can be disastrous. I can only hope the little one and Mother are strong enough and in good enough condition to make it through the harsh winter. How can the BLM not realize the difference between a warm, safe barn environment and the cold, harsh conditions of the mountainous wilds? How deep does the snow get up there, Matt? How cold does it usually get? Where do the horses go in the winter? Do they stay up high or do they go down into the desert areas? Anyway…. I hope and pray the little one survives to add her genes to the Pryor mustang pool.

  2. There was indeed another September foal; and as you saw, there is now another as well. The reason this is happening isn’t quite known yet. In the winter, the mountain horses move to the middle and lower elevations of the mountain where there are numerous canyons and other drainages they can shelter in. It is actually very difficult to find many of the horses in the winter, and there are some families for which we have no idea of their preferred wintering grounds. In these areas, the snow doesn’t get too deep at all. Our winters in the basin are typically very dry and cold. It can thus be harsh, and winter is indeed one of the natural selectors for young horses. Based on my previous observations of two out-of-season foals, I think these two new September foals might surprise us and remind us of the resilience the Pryor horses exhibit.


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