October 2, 2008 – Bighorn Canyon Area

In early June, I had some visitors come in to tell me they’d just seen an injured horse in Bighorn Canyon. This was hard to hear as the three year old bachelor Farallon and the old bachelor stallion Opposite had just been put down shortly before that. I was able to find the horse easy enough, and it was Exhiliration. He is a pretty well known horse as he is the only horse born in 2004 that is still alive. He is also really unmistakable in appearance. From stuff the visitors told me that they’d seen, and what I saw when I got there, it seemed as though it was some interaction with the other Dryhead bachelors that had caused him to get injured. The injury was in his front right leg in the pastern area. He couldn’t walk, he just had to hop on three legs to move around.

Since then, I’ve been keeping an eye on him. Here we are now in October, and the injury is still persisting to a certain extent; it isn’t fully healed. He can get around better on it, but he’s just not up too 100% performance. He’s also lost some weight, and he really needs that weight for the upcoming cold months. All the other horses are busy getting fattened up, and he needs to do the same. Here is him last night.

We’ll definitely continue to watch him.

Published in: on October 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Thanks so much for the updates Matt.
    Really appreciate it.

  2. Hey Matt,
    Glad to have you back. Now what old bachelor stallion was put down? any Pics of him? Also I dont think I have ever seen the horse Farallon either. What was wrong with these studs? Do you have a list with pics of all the new foals from this yr? I would love to see all of them.
    How is Cloud and his family? Is Raven still alive? How is Clouds Mother?

    Tnanks Julie Onshus

  3. Matt never did answer any questions about why those 2 were euthanized…? (that I found). I don’t know why not; there were several requests….

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