March 16, 2008 – Burnt Timber

I spent a lot of time on the 16th looking through a spotting scope at the distant horses in the area where I’d previously seen Two Boots and Duke. I did see them, and they still had the members of Looking Glass’ family. I also saw Tecumseh in the area with his family; it had been a long time since I’d seen them though I’d heard from other people who had seen them later in the summer. Lakota, Baja, and White Cloud were also visible in the area.

As for looking at distant Sykes Ridge horses, I’ve also seen a number of them, like Morning Star, Bolder, Mescalero, and Littlefoot. In about the past month, I’ve actually seen most of of the families – All but about four or five families by my records. I’ve also seen a number of the bachelors.

The only wildlife photograph I really took that day was of some deer. I saw quite a number of them throughout these past days. I also saw some sheep tracks near the flats, though I never got to actually see the sheep.

Deer

While on the flats, I also saw something else, which I was not surprised to see. Someone had been on the flats in an SUV and had followed the offroad tracks of those four wheelers. This wouldn’t seem like such an honest mistake if this vehicle hadn’t followed the tracks right over the road closed barrier.

Road closed

Off roading

The season is bringing in lots of excitement – Interesting interchange, increasing recreation, and I would guess that there will be new foals appearing in the next few weeks. I’ll be gone for the next ten days as well. I apologize for the lack of updates I’ve had in March, but I will be happy to see what I can find when I return to share here.

Also – I’m not purposefully neglecting any unreplied-to comments. I will work on getting answers to them posted and/or sent to posters when I get back. Thanks!

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March 12, 2008 – Burnt Timber

Continuing my monitoring of the Burnt Timber horses on the 12th, I was happy to see Jackson again. This time Jackson had a new family member, even though it had just been a few days since I’d last seen him. Recall that when I saw Baja last, he didn’t have the 2005 filly with him. Well, Jackson has her now; but I’m not sure where she was between being with Baja and Jackson.

Fiasco

It was nice being able to see Brumby and the colt in better light as they are such pretty horses.

Brumby

Hayden

Flicka is usually hard to take a good photo of, but she was watching the 2005 filly closely – The family was seeming a little uneasy about her then; I think she had just joined them earlier that day. This is how I was able to get such good pictures of them being alert.

Flicka

It looked like Jackson and the black 2006 filly had found a mud puddle to play in recently.

Jackson

Galena

Doing some long distance scoping, I saw something interesting, which I tried to photograph here.

Duke and Two Boots

With a spotting scope, I could get a much better view of these horses. However, I can describe what is being seen here. The big group down below is Duke’s family. The few horses above them in the junipers are with Two Boots. Not every member is visible in this picture, but they did all show themselves eventually while I watched. So what’s so interesting about this? Well, it is neat to see Duke’s family. It is really interesting to see Two Boots with a family, though. I’d started to wonder if he was even still alive, and I wouldn’t have guessed he’d have a family. (As a side note, Two Boots is the father of Jackson.) Upon closer examination, Duke also had some new family members.

So where did these “extra” horses come from with Two Boots and Duke? These are members of Looking Glass’ family. Two Boots has the dun part of the family while Duke has the grulla part (minus the 2005 colt who is with the bachelor Doc lower down).  This raises a really big question – Where is Looking Glass? I did see a dun bachelor in the area, but it looked more like Sandman than Looking Glass. This is definitely something I will be interested to learn more about.

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March 11, 2008 – Burnt Timber

We headed back up on the 11th to see how things were on Burnt Timber. Lakota was down low, but Santa Fe was a distance up from them. Santa Fe was sleeping while his family rested nearby.

Santa Fe

Gabrielle was resting below a rock while Broken Bow and the 2007 filly were grooming.

Gabrielle

Broken Bow and Halle

Demure was walking around grazing. She’s looking like she could be pregnant.

Demure

Back on the flats above, there were no horses to be seen right away. Looking further up the flats, though, I was happy to see Prince. I’ve been having some good luck seeing horses that I’d not seen in a while; I had last seen Prince’s family in November.

The mares are all looking good.

Ireland

Pococeno

Winnemucca

Prince and the 2007 filly foal were grazing together. I’ve always thought she was an interesting color. I’m now thinking she may be a dun roan, which makes sense given her parents’ colors.

Prince and Heather

Heather

Seeing all of these “new” horses lately has been exciting, and it just goes to show we are moving into a new season.

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March 8, 2008 – Burnt Timber

We headed up Burnt Timber on the 8th to see what horses would be out on that sunny day. We saw Lakota and Starman’s families down lower. We had a nice surprise a bit higher, though. Jackson had his family out; I hadn’t seen them since the fall.

Jackson’s family

Jackson’s family had grown since I last saw them – He had Lakota’s black 2006 filly. The 2007 colt is getting big and looking great. He has a smudgy face like his dad but the hint of a two tone mane like his mom.

Hayden

Further up is where I’d been consistently seeing White Cloud for the past few trips. On the way up, I spotted them down lower than usual on a ridge coming off of the flats. Upon a little closer examination, I noticed that the family was pretty nervous. Compare this with the photos I took previously where the family hardly paid attention to me. To see a stallion and mares huddled up to the young ones while being so alert typically means they aren’t too comfortable.

White Cloud family

What was the reason for this behavior? Well, I think I know the reason based on what was actually on the main flats. There were some ATV’s driving all around up there, going offroad into the snow and such. I think this is all well illustrated with this photo of their tracks going over a “road closed” barrier.

Offroading

I have no problems with recreation up there until it crosses certain lines: I don’t think that the horses should be unnecessarily stressed, especially in the winter. I also don’t like people going off road as it can cause degradation and influence others to follow in their tracks. I can’t be anti-ATV or any of that as I have met some really great fellow horse watchers who travel on them; it’s just unfortunate when people do stuff like this as it makes the whole lot look bad.

Heading back down, I was happy to see that Teton’s family had come out.  Teton’s losing his black winter coat and going back into his roan coat.

Teton and Wounded Knee

Phoenix is perhaps not looking her best, but she is an older horse that’s had many offspring.

Phoenix

Fiesta is also starting to lose his winter coat; he is still pretty bay but is starting to get a little more roan.

Fiesta

As usual, the 2007 colt is still looking to be a really interesting color. We’re calling him buckskin roan, but I’d be interested to hear any other opinions on him.

Himalaya

I haven’t been the first to say this ever, but I really am reminded of a panda when I see him.

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