May 3, 2008 – Bighorn Canyon

I decided to head out to Bighorn Canyon on the evening of May 3rd to see how Seattle’s foal was doing and to see if I could figure out its sex. When I first started in, I saw a grulla and a black on a hill; and so I figured that the rest of Seattle’s family was below the hill. By the time I got there, I saw that Cascade had crossed the road and stopped on the shoulder. I then realized why she was there; she had a new foal right there.

Cascade Ione

I sat back quite a ways watching the foal trying to figure out what it was. I did find it to be a filly. While I was doing this, I also had my digital video camera going; and this footage can be seen here. (There were a lot of noisy birds flying around that were keeping Cascade’s attention there before she went off to graze.)

The two finally went back across the road to join the black horse, who was Cascade’s yearling colt. The three were off by themselves, and so this was likely a pretty new foal.

Something I noticed with this foal, though, was that she seemed to be having some trouble with her back legs. I think Cascade may have sensed something was up too, as she was making the foal move around while the foal would try and nurse – Cascade would let her drink a little and then take a few steps forward.

Cascade Ione

I heard a stallion calling out, and Cascade looked up at it. I decided to drive up and see who it was and to try and find Seattle and the rest. As I went up the road, I saw Seattle’s family coming down it pretty fast. I stopped just as they all ran past me toward Cascade.

Seattle

Soon after, the family was all reunited; and I left as it as getting dark.

Seattle family

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