October 9, 2007 – Merlin’s family

On October 9, I woke up to a really beautiful morning. I had some extra time, so I went out to Bighorn Canyon to see if I could find any horses. I saw Admiral and Sam at Crooked Creek Bay, but I didn’t see any horses at all on Mustang Flats. As I was coming back, I saw horses walking down the road near the turnoff to Devil’s Canyon Overlook. I recognized the family as Merlin. Though I’d heard of other people seeing them, the last time I’d seen them was July 13. I stopped on the side of the road to watch where they were going.

Merlin’s grulla mare was leading the family. She is a very beautiful horse with many stripes and a two tone mane.
Sacajawea

The family’s grulla stallion Merlin was in the rear. He is a half brother to Sitting Bull and Durango, and his mother now lives in the mountains as Teton’s dun mare.

Merlin

The two have a beautiful grulla colt this year. He has many stripes on both his front and back legs. He also has wither bars coming down each shoulder.

Hidatsa

The family moved past me and turned down the Devil’s Canyon Overlook Road. I watched them from the top of a hill.

Merlin’s family

They eventually moved off the road and down into a drainage. I moved a little closer to find them resting in some junipers.

Merlin

Sacajawea and Hidatsa

I had to get back to town and couldn’t see what they ended up doing. This isn’t an area you often see the horses in, so I wondered if they were just passing through. However, I talked to two other people through the week who also saw the family in this area on separate days. There is a water source that isn’t too far away, so the family may stay in this area for a little more time. It is lucky to find them in such an accessible area as they had been more elusive this summer.

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