October 13, 2007 – Baja’s family

After a week of sunny days, today turned out to be a little more chilly and rainy. However, it didn’t look as bad as it had been in previous weekends.

Heading up the road, we saw Starman and Mescalero’s families. Higher up, the road was muddy and the fog was thick; so I turned around. On the way back down, Baja’s family was out in an area called Cheyenne Flats. Baja, the son of Looking Glass, is a tough dun stallion.

Baja

Baja has two mares, a blue roan and a dun.

Bacardi

Washakie

He also has a two year old grulla filly, who is from Chino’s family.

Fiasco

Baja also has two grulla yearlings in his family.

Baja’s yearlings

One is a colt and one is a filly, and they can often be hard to tell apart. Though the colt has developed a two tone mane that helps, I still find myself using their wither bars to differentiate them. (Wither bars are stripes that come down the shoulder area perpendicular to the dorsal stripe.)

The colt has very sharp with bars. The pointy mark on his shoulder is the left wither bar; it isn’t part of his mane. He also has a couple smaller ones behind that main bar.

Baja’s colt

The filly’s wither bars are more broad and smudgy.

Baja’s yearling

There are also two foals in Baja’s family, a colt and a filly. The colt is a very light grulla color.

Hero

The filly is dun and looks a lot like her big sister did when she was a foal. Her big sister is the filly that is now with White Cloud.

Baja’s filly foal

Seeing the family was great. They had a large area to themselves in the mid-elevation areas of the mountain. They also had some nice puddles in the road to give them a private water source. Starman’s family was even lower while Mescalero was also moving down the mountain onto ridges. These are areas that the horses use in the cooler parts of the year as long as there is water or snow available for them. When you hear of the Pryor horses being divided into three subherds, this is what splits the mountain horses into two subherds. Some go down Sykes Ridge while others, like Baja, come down the Burnt Timber area. With the recent precipitation and cool weather, we may see more horses move down the ridges to their winter range.

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