I spent a pretty good amount of time walking around Sykes Ridge on the 19th. The first horses I found while hiking were Admiral’s family. Still no new foal, but it was still nice to see them. Admiral grazed down low while the filly and her mother grazed on a hillslope.
As I walked back from them, I saw that the bachelor Starbuck had wandered into the area too. (As a point of interest, Starbuck is the father of the above dun mare with Admiral.)
As I continued up, I spotted Bristol and his filly out a way. I decided to walk out to them as it’d been a while since I’d seen them up close. I was a little curious if the filly was showing any signs of pregnancy.
Bristol looks the same as usual, and he lives in an area that no other horses do. He may not be too strong, but I think he is smart enough to know where he has the best chance of keeping his filly.
I don’t think the filly really looks pregnant, and she is still a little young. I have heard of cases in the wild where horses have foaled at her age (2 years).
I don’t often mention them here, but I really do see a lot of deer on my trips. I estimate I see anywhere from 15 to 30 on each trip to the Pryors, depending on where I am going. I usually see quite a few as I head up Sykes. These are mule deer. Only once have I ever seen a white tail on the range, and she was just barely in it. These deer were walking around in the mountain mahogany, and they were eating it.
Bighorn sheep also eat the mahogany, but I didn’t see any around this day. I did see plenty of places they had been in recently further up, though.
Corona’s family was just on the other side of the hill from the deer. It was just the second time I’d seen this 2008 foal.
My goal for the day was to get as high onto Sykes as I could, at least to the Sykes catchment area. I did make it there, but I didn’t stay long as there was a storm moving in. The only horse I saw close on Sykes was the bachelor Flint (Blue Moon). I also saw Morning Star and Coronado’s families from a distance.
We headed back before the storm hit. On the way down, I took this picture: (You can click it for a larger version.)
This is what Mustang Flats looks like from above. I’ve posted some pictures before showing horses on the face of the mountain headed up; this is near where they come up. You can also see Highway 37 and Bighorn Canyon in the picture. Those are the Bighorn Mountains in the background.